The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award – Scotland’s national music prize – hosts its 2021 Ceremony at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall on Saturday 23 October.

Celebrating Scottish music and the cultural impact of outstanding Scottish albums, 2021 marks the 10th year of the award, which has now distributed over £250,000 in prize money to Scottish artists.

For the first time in the award’s history, and part of its 10th year celebrations, music fans are able to purchase tickets to attend the event; one of the most highly anticipated and exciting nights in Scotland’s musical calendar.

Hosted by BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan, The SAY Award Ceremony 2021 will see four special live performances, a celebration of this year’s Nominees and the exclusive announcement of 2021’s winner, who will walk away with the coveted title of Scottish Album of the Year along with the £20,000 first prize. It will also see the winners of two new prizes recognised – the Sound of Young Scotland Award and the Modern Scottish Classic Award – allowing a full-circle celebration of Scottish music throughout time; past, present and future.

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Age Restriction

Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Access Bookings

In order to book wheelchair spaces and disabled companions please call the Box Office on 0131 228 1155. Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm. Alternatively you can email us at

Vaccination Certificate checks are in place for this event

In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 1st October 2021, those attending indoor events (unseated) with an audience of 500 people or more will be required to show they have been fully vaccinated (or otherwise exempt).

Which shows are affected?

Only shows where part of the audience is made up of a standing area are affected by the introduction of legislation on COVID Certificates.

For indoor seated events, COVID Certificates are only currently required on events with a capacity great than 10,000.  Our seated events have a maximum capacity of 2200 and therefore COVID Certificates are not required at our seated events. 

What do I need to provide?

To gain entry you must be able to show proof of your fully vaccinated status via the QR code either on the NHS Scotland COVID Check APP or a downloadable printed copy. Checks will be in place so please be prepared to do so on request. For more information click here.

The following exemptions apply:

* under 18s (you may be asked to provide proof of age)
* participants in vaccine trials
* people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons (you must provide a medical exemption certificate).

Visitors from the rest of the UK - and the broader Common Travel Area (including Republic of Ireland) - will be able to use their existing Covid Status apps with QR codes (and paper-based certificates) to gain entry to relevant venues in Scotland.

The vaccine certification scheme does not replace existing COVID safety measures detailed below; it is an additional safety measure. Visitors are still expected to wear face coverings when attending events in accordance with Government guidelines.

If I cannot attend due to vaccination status will I be eligible for a refund?

If you cannot attend due to vaccination status, please contact your original point of purchase to enquire further about a refund. Refund enquiries should be submitted no later than 48 hours prior to the event date.