The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will return this year and it's set to be better than ever. Specsavers and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins have teamed up once again and will return to the iconic Barrowland Ballroom for the second year in a row for their 24th edition of the awards.
The evening, which takes place on Thursday, November 24, will showcase performances from The View, Altered Images and Dylan John Thomas, and will be hosted by award-winning broadcaster and presenter, Edith Bowman. The flagship fundraiser for Nordoff Robbins will bring together some of the biggest and best names in Scottish music for a night of unforgettable glamour in Scotland’s music capital.
Sandra Schembri, CEO, Nordoff Robbins, said: “At Nordoff Robbins, we passionately believe in using the power of music to help people from all walks of life connect and communicate. We’re incredibly grateful to the Scottish music industry for its continued support of our cause through the annual Scottish Music Awards, with all funds raised going directly towards providing vital music therapy to those in need. We also thank all of the sponsors – including headline partner Specsavers – for their support, and look forward to celebrating the vastly talented and vibrant Scottish music scene on the night itself.”
Donald C MacLeod MBE Scottish Fundraising Chairman said: "After the incredible success of last year’s event, we are delighted to announce the return of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards to Glasgow’s iconic Barrowland Ballroom on Saturday 5th November, for what promises to be another incredible celebration of Scotland’s diverse musical talent and an important fundraiser for Nordoff Robbins.
The generosity of the Scottish music community since the first Scottish Music Awards Ceremony in 1999 has allowed us to improve so many lives through the transformative power of music therapy for those who need it most. The support of industry legends like Wet Wet Wet and Amy McDonald, and rising stars Nathan Evans and Brooke Combe, at last year’s ceremony helped to raise £180,000 of vital funds for the charity. We are so pleased to deliver this year’s event in partnership with Specsavers who align wonderfully with our mission and, in 2021, donated £15,000 to Nordoff Robbins’ Scottish projects. The 2022 Scottish Music Awards will undoubtedly be one of our best yet.”
Susanne Akil, Specsavers’ Scottish Chair, said: “For a fourth year Specsavers will be the proud headline sponsor for the Scottish Music Awards, and we are very excited to be back in the Barrowland Ballroom after the success of last year’s event in this legendary venue. We firmly believe in the importance of Nordoff Robbins’ work in Scotland and beyond, and are delighted to continue providing financial support for their provision of music therapy sessions through our sponsorship of the Scottish Music Awards. We look forward to recognising the outstanding talent in Scotland’s music community again this November”.
Returning once again to the host the evening, Edith Bowman said: “I cannot wait for this year’s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards after the amazing event at the Barrowland Ballroom last November. It has been another incredible year for Scottish music, and I’m looking forward to hosting some of our top talent and fans, whilst raising money for Nordoff Robbins, supporting them to deliver their remarkable services to those in need. Scotland’s music scene is so unique and special, and the Barrowlands really captures that spirit, not to mention the epic live performances that the Scottish Music Awards guarantees.”
The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards made its Barrowland Ballroom debut last year with performances from Wet Wet Wet, Amy McDonald and Nina Nesbitt. The event honoured international industry veterans and upcoming artists alike, with Biffy Clyro bagging the Best Live Award and Bow Anderson picking up Best Pop Act, among others.
Fundraising from the event made a miraculous recovery in 2021 compared to 2020, when the ceremony was forced online due to the pandemic. Last year, with income forecasts down 40% compared with pre-pandemic levels, the generosity of Specsavers Scottish Music Awards donors exceeded all expectations. £180,000 of vital funds were raised from the evening, ensuring Nordoff Robbins could continue to provide music therapists and sessions to those who need them most.
This year’s return to the Barrowland Ballroom will see an all-new lineup of established and emerging Scottish talent, with an incredible selection of all-new music. The first nominees and performers to be revealed include:
- Clare Grogan (Altered Images - Sir Reo Stakis Foundation Living Legend Award
- The View - Rox ‘Diamonds & Thrills’ Special Recognition Award
- Dylan John Thomas - Dean Banks & Mond Vodka Breakthrough Artist Award
Clare Grogan, Altered Images said: “I adore still being part of the Scottish music scene and I often say that music is my kind of therapy, it’s got me through a lot in life. Getting to release my first new music this year in quite some time has been an incredible experience. The response has been overwhelming and this award is the icing on the cake! But I’m nowhere near finished yet. It’s who I am. I love being part of this community and the love I get from it. In the words of Sister Sledge, ‘We Are Family!’”
Dylan John Thomas said: “Cheers Scottish Music Awards for the nomination for the Breakthrough Artist award. Looking forward to playing a couple of tunes on the night. Wit a buzz to be back in the Barras.”
Kyle Falconer, The View said “We're honoured to be receiving the special recognition award this year after a short break for the band. Absolutely buzzing to be back in the mix.”
80s post-punk band Altered Images have recently reformed, releasing their first album in over 38 years, ‘Mascara Streakz’, last month. Specsavers Scottish Music Awards guests will be among the first to experience their brand new live performance, fronted by industry icon Clare Grogan in her hometown.
Rising star Dylan John Thomas joins us after an incredible year, not only selling out the Barrowlands but also making his Glastonbury debut. His self-titled new release ‘Dylan John Thomas – EP2’ has just hit the shelves and fans can catch him on a UK tour later this year. After a five-year hiatus, the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards are delighted to welcome Dundee rockers The View to the stage. Ahead of four headline shows at the O2 Academy Glasgow in December, guests will get a sneak peek at this highly anticipated comeback.
The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards have also revealed Go Radio as their official radio partner for 2022.
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