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International Festival Artists announced in Scottish Album of the Year 2016 Longlist

Five artists who will be performing at the 2016 International Festival have been announced in this year’s Scottish Album of the Year award longlist, as well as 2015 artists FFS.

The award has become an important date in the Scottish music industry calendar and, now in its fifth year, the longlist continues to reflect the strong and diverse musical artistry produced in this country. Among the judging panel this year is International Festival Director Fergus Linehan.

Young Fathers, who were recipients of the award in 2014 with Tape Two, have been nominated for the third time for their sophomore LP White Men Are Black Men Too. The album tackles issues of race and identity, bringing together euphoric pop and darker sounds.

They will be performing two of their infamous live gigs at the home of the International Festival, The Hub on 14 and 15 August. Tickets are available here.  

Also longlisted is Emma Pollock for her third solo album In Search of Harperfield. The album blends her trademark rich lyricism, wistful melancholy and unashamed attitude in what has been described as “a poignant but punchy triumph”. Pollock will also be performing at The Hub with a collective of players including previous Scottish Album of the Year award winner RM Hubbert. Grab your ticket here.

Hudson Mohawke, who will be performing two dates with ANOHNI and Oneohtrix Point Never in Hopelessness at the International Festival on 17 and 18 August, has been nominated for his solo album Lantern. Listen to a track from it below:

Another International Festival artist longlisted is Martin Green, whose band Lau have been nominated with their LP The Bell That Never Rang. Green’s work Flit – a collection of original songs that explores the theme of migration – will be performed at the EICC with a consortium of influential musicians and visual artists on 10 and 11 August. 

From the classical music programme, Edinburgh’s Dunedin Consort have been included in the longlist for their recording of Bach’s Magnificat. In the International Festival, they will play alongside Danielle De Niese at The Queen’s Hall in a programme of Handel – a concert which is proving exceedingly popular.

The sheer volume of International Festival acts longlisted reflects the commitment we have to showcasing the very best of Scottish talent alongside overseas artists. The shortlist of ten will be revealed on 16 June  with the Scottish Album of the Year winner announced on 19 June. On behalf of the International Festival, we wish all of our longlisted artists the best of luck!


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