Scottish Album of the Year 2018 nominees announced

The winners will receive £20,000, with the awards ceremony set to take place next month at Paisley Town Hall

The 20 nominees for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year prize have been announced, with the longlist recognising the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers and Mogwai.

The ceremony for the prestigious prize – which offers a £20,000 award to the winning artist – will take place at Paisley Town Hall on September 6. The 2017 award was won by Sacred Paws for their record ‘Strike a Match’.

The announcement of the longlist of nominees for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year has now been made, with a panel of 100 judges now tasked with shortening the list down to just nine final nominees – with one further nominee then being determined by public vote.

Mogwai (Picture: Brian Sweeney)

The aforementioned likes of Franz Ferdinand and Young Fathers have been nominated for their respective albums ‘Always Ascending’ and ‘Cocoa Sugar’, while Mogwai, Catholic Action and BABE are also included.

You can see the full longlist of nominees for the 2018 Scottish Album of the Year below.

Adam Holmes and The Embers – Midnight Milk
BABE – Kiss & Tell
Best Girl Athlete – Best Girl Athlete
Blue Rose Code – The Water of Leith
Catholic Action – In Memory Of
Chris Stout and Catriona McKay – Bare Knuckle
Elephant Sessions – All We Have Is Now
Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
Golden Teacher – No Luscious Life
Happy Meals (now known as Free Love) – Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony (Volumes IV – VI)
Karine Polwart with Pippa Murphy – A Pocket of Wind Resistance
Kobi Onyame – Gold
Martha Ffion – Sunday Best
Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
Neon Waltz – Strange Hymns
Out Lines – Conflats
Pronto Mama – Any Joy
Siobhan Wilson – There Are No Saints
The Spook School – Could It Be Different
Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

Last month, Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos criticised Hackney Council following its controversial decision to introduce strict new licensing laws on the borough’s bars and nightspots.