The 20 nominations for the Scottish Album of the Year announced.
The Mercury Prize might be the main indie music accolade everyone's talking about, but if you're in Scotland you'll be more interested to hear this year's nominations for the Scottish Album of the Year. The ceremony takes place next month, and in that time the long-list will be whittled down to nine.
Franz Ferdinand at The Biggest Weekend
Like the Mercury Prize, the SAY Award includes a monetary prize which this year stands at £20,000, while the 9 runners-up get £1,000 each. There are 20 artists on the long-list, with the stand-out nominees including Franz Ferdinand with their sixth studio album 'Always Ascending', former Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers with their Ninja Tune outing 'Cocoa Sugar' and, of course, Glasgow's Mogwai with their release from last year 'Every Country's Sun'.
They were dropped them reinvited to Ruhrtriennale Festival because of their BDS association.
Young Fathers have found themselves at the centre of a political storm after being dropped from the line-up of Germany's Ruhrtriennale Festival for their pro-Palestine affiliations, before then being reinvited to perform. It comes at a difficult time for Germany, as comparisons are drawn between the BDS and the Nazi era attitudes.
Young Fathers performing in Manchester
The Scottish trio have been vocal supporters of the pro-Palestinian movement 'Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions' (BDS) for some time, pulling out of Berlin's Pop-Kultur Festival last year over concerns that a donation had been made to the event by the Israeli embassy. But not everyone agrees with the political stance they have taken.
Continue reading: Young Fathers In German Festival Fiasco Over Pro-Palestine Politics
The group announce their final run of dates for the year.
They're currently touring the festival circuit this summer promoting their latest album 'Cocoa Sugar', but Young Fathers have scheduled a set of headline gigs around the UK for the end of November and the beginning of December following their stint in the US and Canada.
Young Fathers performing at Biggest Weekend
The Mercury Prize winning trio kick off the tour at Glasgow's O2 Academy on November 30th 2018, and follow with shows at Leeds' Stylus (December 1st), Manchester's Albert Hall (December 2nd), Newcastle's Boiler Shop (December 4th), Bristol's O2 Academy (December 5th), to conclude at London's O2 on December 11th.
Continue reading: Young Fathers Unveil UK Tour Dates For December 2018
M.I.A. is curating for this year's Meltdown.
M.I.A. is launching this year's Meltdown Festival, for which twelve new names have been added to the line-up. Over a period of nine days this summer, this cultural showcase hits London's Southbank Centre and tickets are set to go on sale next week.
M.I.A. to curate Meltdown Festival 2017
Not only is M.I.A. set to close this year's event with her first ever Royal Festival Hall performance, but she will also be curating the event which sees a number of different pop artists from different corners of the world coming together for a music extravaganza.
Continue reading: M.I.A. Introduces A Diverse Line-Up For Meltdown Festival 2017
Young Fathers weren't involved in the business end of the betting for the Mercury Music Prize, but don't be fooled - this was not a serious upset.
It wasn't quite the token jazz act winning the award, and it wasn't quite Speech Debelle but there were audible gasps inside London's Roundhouse when Edinburgh-based hip-hop band Young Fathers were announced as the winner of the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday (October 29, 2014).
Young Fathers' Dead won Scottish Album of the Year in June
Music fans and journalists had expected the winner of the annual prize to be a straight tussle between FKA Twigs and Kate Tempest, though Young Fathers - whose album Dead was heralded by the music press upon release - was the surprise name on Nick Grimshaw's lips.
Continue reading: Mercury Music Prize: In Defence Of Young Fathers
The Scottish trio edged out eleven other nominees, including Damon Albarn and FKA twigs, to win the grand prize.
Scottish trio Young Fathers have won this year’s Mercury Music Prize. Their debut album DEAD received the final nod from the judges when the announcement was made by Nick Grimshaw at London’s iconic Roundhouse venue on Wednesday evening.
Young Fathers won the Mercury Music Prize on Wednesday
When the group was interviewed by More4’s Alice Levine a matter of seconds after scooping the prize, the members sounded rather shocked and lost for words, stating “it’s positive”. Their acceptance speech was similarly abrupt, simply saying “thank you, we love you, we love you all, thank you”. When asked what they intended to do with their £20,000 prize, the group’s ‘G’ Hastings implied that they hadn’t really considered the eventuality of winning it.
Continue reading: Young Fathers Win The Mercury Music Prize
The nominations are out, but which of the twelve nominees stands the best chance of winning?
The 24th edition of the annual Barclaycard Mercury Prize is due to be held on Wednesday 29th October at London’s Roundhouse.
Last week we brought you our analysis of who we thought would make the dozen-strong shortlist from which the judges will pick the eventual winner. We got five out of the twelve correct, not bad as many pundits have expressed surprise at the relative obscurity of this year’s list in comparison to previous awards.
Only two of the nominated albums have reached the Number 1 spot in the UK Albums Chart, and only one nominee can realistically call himself a household name. There has also been a surprising snub for Sam Smith, who has made a huge impression on the British public’s imagination, with his debut album In The Lonely Hour sitting at the top the charts four months after its release.
Continue reading: Our Guide To This Year's Mercury Music Prize Nominations
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