A TOTAL of ten acts make up the shortlist for the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award.

The prize, introduced in 2021, rewards those who take a major step forward with a debut release.

It was, of course, another fine year for emerging talents with a number of fresh faces bursting onto the scene.

Iain Smith, editor of The Weekender, said: "We all love a debut release - whether it is a first single, an ambitious EP, or a long-awaited album. Taking that first or next step can be daunting, but the Scottish music scene delivers time and time again.

"We look forward to seeing the next crop of breakthrough artists coming through next year."

Electric Shores PR sponsors this year's Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award, with the winners joining Constant Follower who picked up the prize in 2021.

Winners will be revealed on Wednesday, December 21.


The Weekender Award's Breakthrough Artist of the Year shortlist




Megan Black 


Majesty Palm

The Noise Club 

Becky Sikasa

Linzi Clark 

Katherine Aly