The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) have opened public voting for their 2020 poll.

It’s the 11th anniversary of the awards, whose aim is to put the spotlight on the best new acts across a range of genres.

Fair Mothers, Man of the Minch, Tommy Perman, Callum Easter, Free Love, Kapil Seshasayee, Saor, Tamzene, Dead Pony, Fauves and Pleasure Heads are just a few of the names up for prizes across seven categories.

Voting is open for three days from noon on Monday November 9th, where music fans can select their favourites from a shortlist put together by nominators working across the music industry.

Nova – already winner of the SAY award – and Walt Disco are to play the virtual awards ceremony at 6.30pm on Wednesday 18 November via Twitch, hosted by broadcasting legend Jim Gellatly alongside spoken word artist and Savage Cut collaborator Leyla Josephine.

Tickets for the virtual ceremony are available via Eventbrite and include an option to donate to leading music charity Help Musicians Scotland, with funds to be invested back into supporting Scottish musicians.

The 2020 SAMA nominations are:

Best Acoustic (sponsored by BTO BeCreative)
Bobby Kakouris
Fair Mothers
Jenny Sturgeon
Man of the Minch

Best Electronic (sponsored by citizenM hotels)
Lady Neptune
Pleasure Pool
Tommy Perman

Best Hip Hop (sponsored by Help Musicians Scotland)
India Ros3
Louis Seivwright

Best Live Act (sponsored by Musicians Union)
Callum Easter
Free Love
Kapil Seshasayee
Still House Plants

Best Metal (sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow)
Bleed From Within
King Witch

Best Newcomer (sponsored by The Academy of Music & Sound)
Nathan Somevi

Best Rock/Alternative (sponsored by Rock Rose Gin)
Dead Pony
Pleasure Heads

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