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The Scottish Alternative Music Awards return for their fourth year, drawing necessary attention to the Scottish bands and artists that mainstream music tend to ignore.

After the success of last year, with artists such as Fatherson and Bwani Junction performing, as well as appearances from winners Fridge Magnets and guests Ally McCrae from BBC Introducing this year sets to provide a platform as well as deserved recognition for the hard working and talented members of the Scottish music industry.

Our nominees are chosen by leading figureheads in the Scottish music industry, from across the country, 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 10 day public vote.

SAMAs 2013 will run in association with Gorbals Sound recording studio, located just south of the River Clyde and a short walk from Glasgow City Centre in the heart of the historic Gorbals area. Studio Manager Paul Quinn comments, “We’re really thrilled and excited to be sponsoring SAMA’s as we see it as a great opportunity to connect with the grassroots of Scottish Music and it’s a great window for these young, up and coming artists to put themselves in, long may it continue.”

Founder and Creative Director of the SAMAs, Richy Muirhead says:

“The shortlist of nominees are excellent. I think this is a great opportunity for new and old music fans to hear an eclectic bill of artists from all over Scotland. Its an exciting time for the SAMAs going into year 4, the music scene here is very much alive!”

There’s a launch event tonight (Thursday 7 February at Bar Bloc Glasgow from 9pm) which features performances by previous nominees and winner Alan McKim, The Little Kicks and TeKlo.

The main awards will take place at the Glasgow Garage on Friday 8 March, and is hosted by comedian Billy Kirkwood. Tickets are on sale for the awards evening now – £10 via Tickets Scotland (In-store & Online)

SAMAs NOMINEES FOR 2013 (with links to all musicians/bands)


sponsored by EmuBands


Baby Strange


Fat Goth




sponsored by Splitter Scotland





Team Kapowski

Young Fathers


sponsored by Bar Bloc

United Fruit

Vigo Thieves




The Ok Social Club


sponsored by The Academy Of Music & Sound


The Holy Ghosts

Model Jet Pilot

Ded Rabbit

Miss Irenie Rose

Miss Lucid


sponsored by Red Dog Music


Roman Nose



Them & Us



sponsored by Jeremiah Weed

Little Fire

Michael Cassidy

Cara Mitchell

William Douglas & The Wheel

Jemma Tweedie

Alex Hynes


sponsored by Cathouse Glasgow

What The Blood Revealed

Prelude To The Hunt


Bear Arms

Trial & Error

Lords Of Bastard

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We are delighted to have the Musicians Union as a sponsor of the MUSIC NEWS Scotland ‘Latest News’ Blog – please click above to view their website and see what services they can offer Scottish musicians


About MUSIC NEWS Scotland

MUSIC NEWS Scotland was born 12 years ago when dial up broadband was still around and desktop pc’s ruled. So we did what had been done since 220 AD in China and every month put ink on a printing plate, ran some paper over it and hey presto MNS was published (okay it was a wee bit more involved than that, but the basic principle was the same!) Move on to 2011 with high speed broadband and access to the www everywhere and the future was catching up with us rapidly. The volume of information flowing into MNS HQ was more than our monthly issue could cope with, and more and more Scottish music stories of great value were being spiked (an old press term not a dodgy drink). Reaching our vast number of readers in every conceivable nook and cranny of Scotland has always been a challenge monthly but to do that more often was physically not feasible. So we have doffed oor tam o’ shanter to the future and MNS is now a weekly digital publication, and not only weekly now but twice the number of pages than our old printed friend! Along with our weekly GIGguide and FESTIVALS! supplement we are now producing 72 pages of Scottish music news (and only music news) each and EVERY week:) We remain as true as ever to our launch roots of 8 years ago though - MUSIC NEWS Scotland supports all Scottish bands and performers no matter what style of music you’re involved in. Our aim is to circulate music industry news and to help to raise the profile of musicians and improve communications between genres. To help achieve this copies of MUSIC NEWS Scotland are emailed to key industry contacts throughout the UK. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years and please raise a glass to our digital future with you all. Thanks for your support, The MNS team!
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