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/Lateral Flow checks are in place for this event

In accordance with Scottish Government guidance, from 6 December 2021, the audience for this event will be required to show either that they have been fully vaccinated or show NHS confirmation of a negative LFD test result from the last 24-hours.

What do I need to provide to gain entry using a vaccination certificate?

Be prepared to show proof of your fully vaccinated status via the QR code either on the NHS Scotland COVID Check APP or an official printed/downloadable version. Visitor from out Scotland can show prove vaccination status with the documentation issued from their country of origin.   For more information click here.…

The following exemptions apply for vaccine status checks:

* 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).

What do I need to provide to gain entry using a lateral flow test?

Show a negative LFD test result from the last 24-hours, by presenting an official text or email from the NHS.  Can you report your LFD test results by visiting:

The vaccine certification scheme and lateral flow testing does not replace other COVID safety measures detailed below; Visitors are still expected to wear face coverings when attending events in accordance with Government guidelines.