Scottish Alternative Music Awards – VOTING NOW OPEN!

click to go to SAMA website

Update: 3/3/12 –

see post link below for 2012 winners details




The Scottish Alternative Music Awards are to return for a third year, drawing necessary attention to the Scottish bands and artists that mainstream music tends to ignore.

After the success of last year, with artists such as The LaFontaines and Three Blind Wolves performing, as well as appearances from winners IndianRedLopez, and nominees Bwani Junction, this year sets to provide a platform as well as well deserved recognition for the hard working and talented members of the Scottish music industry.

click for IndianRedLopez facebook site


Our nominees are chosen by leading figure heads in the Scottish music industry, from across Scotland, ensuring a fair and justified list of relevant and deserved nominees. It is a hard job for our judges to choose from the vast list of talented artists we have across our nation, and we very much appreciate their informed decisions. Nominations are then put to a public vote

SAMAs 2012 will run in association with retro clothing store Vintage Guru, located on 195 Byres Road in the West End of Glasgow. Roberto Cocozza (VG) states: “Vintage Guru are pleased to be the Main Sponsor of SAMA 2012 following our tradition of supporting up and coming music in Scotland“

Founder and Creative Director of the SAMAs, Richy Muirhead says: “The diversity of the nominees this year are incredible. Its really warming to see artists from all over areas of Scotland involved, for example Skye, Aberdeen, Ayrshire and further afield. This really gives a sense of Scotland to the awards, which is what SAMAs is all about.”

For full list of nominees:

Best Rock/Alternative

sponsored by Ignite Records

Aerials Up


Little Eye

Lady North

Iain McLaughlin & Outsiders

Johnny & The Giros


Best Newcomer

sponsored by Cathouse Glasgow



Forest Fires

Bwani Junction

Oskar Empire

Davey Horne


Best Live Act

sponsored by Messer Schmitt

Admiral Fallow Brown

Song Of Return

We Were Promised Jetpacks

The Little Kicks Colin James Murphy


Miniature Dinosaurs


Best Acoustic

sponsored by JamHut Studios

Bear & The Bandits


Amber Wilson

Mike Nisbet

I Build Collapsible Mountains


Best Metal

sponsored by Departed Apparel


The Recovery

Autumn In Disguise

A Fight You Can’t Win

Ten Tonne Dozer

Lost In Echoes


Best Hip Hop

sponsored by Young Scot

Madhat McGore

Hector Bizerk

Bigg Taj

Stanley Odd

Team Kapowski


Best Electronic

sponsored by Bar Bloc


Miaoux Miaoux

Fridge Magnets




click to visit SAMA 2012 website

The awards will take place at the Glasgow Garage, and is hosted by comedian Billy Kirkwood. Tickets are on sale now – £10 via Tickets Scotland (In-store & Online) or 0141 204 5151

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