Scottish Alternative Music Awards – The Results!

Last night (Feb 24) saw the inaugural Scottish Alternative Music Awards take place at the Classic Grand in Glasgow, and I was invited along to present the gongs.

The brainchild of Kilmarnock student Richy Muirhead, who came up with the concept as part of his BA Commercial Music course at the University of the West of Scotland, a healthy crowd turned-up to support their favourites.

After cracking live sets from nominated acts Bronto Skylift, Make Sparks and This Familiar Smile, I joined host Billy Kirkwood for the awards section of the night. After the presentations, The LaFontaines rounded off the evening in style with their brand of rock & hip hop. Rapper Kerr had already provided one of the night’s highlights with his acceptance speech for Best Live act… reading the “thank yous” from a Jay-Z CD!

As I walked on stage to do my bit, I hit ‘record’ on my iPod Touch. Here are the edited highlights of the prize giving (contains language that may offend):

More info on the Awards at

Jim Gellatly and host Billy Kirkwood - photo by Elaine Fisher

The winners in full were:


BEST NEWCOMER – As Darkness Falls

BEST METAL – Promised Only Lies

BEST LIVE ACT – The LaFontaines


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