SSE and CAPITAL could change the life of one unsigned act from Scotland

So many of you entered and now we've got it down to just 10 finalists...

The panel have selected ten incredible finalists and now it's up to YOU to decide who takes to the stage in our Final 3 Showcase to show the judges what they are made of, and be in with a chance to win Spotlight with SSE on Capital, and get one step closer to making their dreams a reality.

But who gets through, is up to you...


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The Finalists

How To Vote

The final votes will be collected exclusively on Twitter, putting the fates of our top 10 directly in your hands.

Just tweet using the hashtag #SSESpotlight as well as the hashtag of the artist you want to win.

Find out more about each artist and their hashtags below. Make sure you use the right one or your vote won't count!

Everyone who votes will be entered into a draw to win an incredible night out in Glasgow.

  • 1 x pair of tickets to a gig of your choice at The SSE Hydro
  • Overnight accommodation at the luxury 5-star Hilton Hotel Glasgow
  • Breakfast for two people in the hotel restaurant
  • Dinner and drinks for two people at The Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery in Glasgow
  • Relaxing Massage for two people at the Pure Spa in Glasgow.
  • £250.00 spending money
  • Callum Ross
    Callum Ross

    #SSESpotlight #CallumRoss

    Im a R&B singer/producer from Glasgow thats been working on tracks as a solo artist for just under a year now, learning my craft as a songwriter and producer in a rented basement space in the east end of Glasgow taking influences from r&b/pop artists such as Frank Ocean, Zayn & Drake to Hip Hop and Folk Artists like Kanye West and Bon Iver

  • LaKyoto

    #SSESpotlight #LaKyoto

    LaKyoto, formed whilst we were all studying popular music at Edinburgh College. A shared passion for pop and rock music brought us together, coupled with a strong desire to perform live. Each member of the band possesses varying levels of a Degree in Popular Music, ranging from Higher National Diplomas to full Degrees. Studying music in this manner has proven to be invaluable to the growth of the band, including the technical and business aspects of the music industry.

    We are most passionate about performing our own music live. We have worked tirelessly over the last couple of years to perfect our live show, and we care about the presentation and audience’s enjoyment. Studying music, we have become technically proficient in our respective instruments, and dedicated practise regimes have allowed us to realise our full potential as instrumentalists. Hours of dedicated work goes into composition and the overall live presentation of the band, and we ensured that all of our songs were perfected before the launching the band.

    We realise how high a work ethic we must sustain, and we believe that continuing in the manner in which we have started will allow us to grow as artists and play in larger venues to an ever-increasing international fan base. We have seen the results of such a committed work ethic, with our original compositions being picked up by the BBC in a live and digital setting, as well as our song featuring in Channel 4’s Made In Chelsea: South Of France last year. This provided us with a platform to enter into a managerial agreement. We have also seen regular airplay on Scottish music radio shows run by Jim Gellatly, amongst other presenters around the UK. Our previous singles also received international airplay, namely around Europe and as far as South America. These statistics are proven by the wide reach of international followers we have built on our Spotify page.

  • Riley

    #SSESpotlight #Riley

    Riley, 18 year old singer/songwriter based in Glasgow has been working on her own songs since she was only eleven years old. Ever since, she has built up a following due to her great contemporary folk style songs with poetic lyrics all sung in a beautifully understated style. She cites her songwriting influences as Joni Mitchell and James Taylor with a hint of Stevie Wonder and Taylor Swift for good measure.
    She has performed at Edinburgh Festival, supported Donnie Munroe, Sean Kennedy, Alice Jemima, Ophelia and Brian Nash from Frankie Goes to Hollywood. She has also played in Toronto and NYC on Bleeker St and recently in Kajanni in Finland as well as Tallin, Estonia. She has performed on STV's Live At Five as well as performing for Music For Youth's Glasgow event and festivals like NorthHop and Solas.
    Riley is currently working on her debut EP to be released later this year. Her songs focus on thought provoking and feel good moments that will take you to your happy place!

  • The Medicine Priests
    The Medicine Priests

    #SSESpotlight #TheMedicinePriests

    We are an up and coming 4 piece indie rock band from Western Scotland, throughout the past year we have build a large fanbase through releasing original songs which contain catchy melodies and singalong choruses. We headlined in Glasgow green at this years Hempstock festival and played the Sun breakout stage at Party at the Palace Festival in Linlithgow. We made our Tv debut on 31st of March on STV Live at Five. Our debut EP Cure for Anxiety was released OCtober 2016.

  • Lost In Vancouver
    Lost In Vancouver

    #SSESpotlight #LostInVancouver

    LIV are a quartet based around Edinburgh and Fife. The line-up consists of -
    Jake Morgan(frontman)
    Brandon Sherret(bassist)
    Tom Lawrence(drummer)
    Lachlan Will(lead guitarist).
    The band's genre goes under 'Glamreous, Indie Rock and Roll' and takes musical influence from bands such as The Killers, Kings Of Leon, Catfish and The Bottlemen And Oasis.
    The band have sold out shows in Edinburgh and played multiple Scottish Festivals like Carnival 56 with Mark Ronson and TT17 with DR Concerts.
    The bands profile and material can be accessed on multiple platforms by just searching the name.

  • Jack Jarvis Gouther
    Jack Jarvis Gouther

    #SSESpotlight #JackJarvisGouther

    I am a 22 year old singer/songwriter and actor from Glasgow.

    I have been writing songs since I was 13 and have been acting and singing since I can remember. With my last band Last Exit, we released and E.P and toured around Scotland.
    As a solo artist I have busked and gigged all around Glasgow including playing King Tut's.
    The dream is to make a living out of what I love doing.

  • Patrick Queen
    Patrick Queen

    #SSESpotlight #PatrickQueen

    Patrick is 26 and a dad to 2 wonderful children he currently works in specsavers working our for our family but everyone knows that is not what he wants to do! He is a very talented and passionate man who want a to do well for his family !

  • Chris Greig
    Chris Greig

    #SSESpotlight #ChrisGreig

    Chris Greig is a 20 year old singer songwriter from Edinburgh. He started performing as a solo artist in late 2015 and during his short time has built a solid following with his debut launch gig at The Mash House selling out. Chris has also supported fellow Edinburgh bands such as Indigo Velvet and Vistas, as well as talent from America, Tim Kasher of Cursive (as part of his 2017 UK tour).

    Now performing as a quartet, Chris Greig's (and band) most recent headline show took place on the 9th of Jun 2017 at La Belle Angele in Edinburgh, the official launch party to support the release of the new single Railways. The band have also recently performed at DF Concert events King Tuts Summer Nights Festival 18th of July supporting False Friends.

    With the release of their new single ‘Home’ on the horizon, Chris Greig played an acoustic set on the 16th of September at local Glasgow venue Stereo in supporting contestant of STV’s ‘The Voice’ Craig Ward.

  • Stephanie Cheape
    Stephanie Cheape

    #SSESpotlight #StephanieCheape

    Stephanie Cheape is a Glaswegian artist with an intimate and personable live performance made up of Front Girl &Girl boss - Stephanie Cheape, Drummer - Don Wilson, Bassist- Garry Aird & Guitarist - JQ. Stephanie began making waves in the Music industry over the last year and has since been recognised by organisations such as BBC, ITV, Capital Fm and many more. Shortlisted as One to Watch by CapitalFm in 2016 and crowned best underground act by ADS Records. Following a year of touring and supporting artists such as Mabel, Laurel, Denai Moore & Into the Ark. Stephanie Cheape is now recording their debut EP set for release Jan 2018.

  • Brodie Barclay
    Brodie Barclay

    #SSESpotlight #BrodieBarclay

    I'm 21 and from A wee town near Perth. I've been singing and writing tunes for a while now. I've played to some real big crowds over in France as I had a single out with french duo Ofenbach a couple years ago. I've just recently started focussing on making my own music on guitar about beers and good times:)

The Prize

As the winner of Spotlight with SSE on Capital, you’ll receive all of the below!

  • Open the show with a performance at the SSE Scottish Music Awards in aid of Nordoff Robbins
  • An incredible starter pack from The Famous Company
    • Writing and production of a track with one of their esteemed producers (Writing credits include MNEK, Duke Dumont, A*M*E)
    • Industry standard mix and master
    • Release and distribution of the finished single
    • Location photoshoot to include industry retouched images
    • Branding & graphic design to coincide with the release
    • 3 months A&R consultancy
SSE Scottish Music Awards
Writing and production of a track with The Famous Company
Location photoshoot with The Famous Company


SSE is a leading UK energy supplier.

Both nationally and locally, SSE have made a commitment to emerging talent and encouraging participation at all levels in sport over the past four years.

SSE want to continue this commitment into music, and along with the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins and Capital, they’re providing a chance for young up and coming musicians to be the next big thing in the music industry.

With their existing sponsorships of major UK entertainment venues, SSE are the energy behind new music.

Find out more at


The Famous Company

Great Minds. Great Music.

Established in 2014 to help emerging artists succeed in the music industry The Famous Company grew into the largest artist development company in the UK - but with growth, came change. As we got bigger we realised that we could do more to support not just artists but also managers and independent labels as they face the countless challenges and demands of life in the music industry. Whilst helping talented musicians to get a foothold in the UK music scene will always be at the heart of our business, we’re proud to say we are now not just the largest artist development company in the UK but also one of the leading music service providers globally. We’ve nurtured a team of industry experts and professionals to offer a range of bespoke high-end services that can be tailored to meet your needs if you’re a label, manager, artist or anyone wanting to build a career in the music business.

In the last decade the music industry has changed beyond recognition with the growth of streaming and social media and the decline of A&R at major labels. This marks a shift in how new artists are found and how music is produced, distributed and purchased. We’re at the forefront of this change and have designed modern and affordable services that tackle these issues - this could be anything from digital playlisting to social influencing. We’ve got the people in place to turn your vision into a project that really works for you. Our award-winning team of industry leading creatives includes graphic designers, photographers and videographers. We are experienced in branding and conceptual design and have individuals in place to help you maximise on press exposure, PR opportunities, touring and plugging campaigns. Our roots in consultancy are now stronger than ever, with a team of dedicated A&R and account managers that are fundamental to the work we do everyday - helping clients with budgeting, KPI analysis and end-to-end project management.

At The Famous Company we are committed to helping you make great music. When the lights come on, we’ll be there.

The Famous Company

Nordoff Robbins Scotland

Nordoff Robbins Scotland is the only music therapy charity in Scotland. Its music therapists help over 400 children, young people and adults every week using the power of music to improve their health and wellbeing. Nordoff Robbins Scotland has been chosen as the first charitable partnership of the SSE Hydro.

Nordoff Robbins Scotland


Find out more about our talented and experienced judges, the ones who will be deciding which of the 3 finalists will be the winners of Spotlight with SSE on Capital

Garry Spence

Garry Spence
Capital FM - Head Judge

Garry Spence is one of the best-known voices in the country, pulling in record-breaking listening figures for his drive time slot on Capital.

In addition to his radio work, he regularly DJs, playing at some of Edinburgh and Glasgow's biggest venues every month.

He has supported David Guetta on his world tour date in Scotland, was chosen as the live voiceover for The MTV Awards, and in the least year alone has played at Hampden Park and The SSE Hydro, having been invited to warm up for Rihanna & Olly Murs.

Mickey McMonagle

Mickey McMonagle
Music Journalist

Mickey is currently editor of magazines at the Sunday Mail, where 7Nights is the nation's favourite entertainment mag. Mickey has a keen focus on Scottish music, a dedication to helping break new talent and a history of giving acts their first mag covers, awards and so on. He is also closely involved in the Sunday Mail and Daily Record's online music coverage, as well as securing acts to perform at their awards events.

Mickey created and runs the Sunday Mail 7Nights Sessions charity shows at King Tut's, a series of concerts bringing huge acts back to the venue for one-off gigs - so far they have included Glasvegas, Paolo Nutini, Deacon Blue, Gun, Texas, Embrace and many more.

Previously Mickey was Editor of respected Scots dance music magazine M8, where again he was closely involved in Scottish music, promoting events.

Stuart Mackenzie

Stuart Mackenzie

Stuart Mackenzie is a Senior Sponsorship Manager at SSE where he is responsible for communications and customer experience. Sponsors of The SSE Hydro; SSE are passionate about live entertainment, bringing customers exclusive benefits across a diverse portfolio that also includes The SSE Arena, Wembley and The SSE Arena, Belfast.

Having worked in sport and entertainment for over a decade, Stuart has experience with major events and festivals across marketing and communications; along with time as a freelance music journalist. Starting his career in a PR agency working for legendary Scottish promoter DF Concerts and iconic brands IRN-BRU and Tennents; before moving on to work at EventScotland on events including the MTV EMA, music has been a recurring theme throughout his career.

Stuart is passionate about music and the excitement and joy it brings to people throughout the country.

Donald MacLeod

Donald MacLeod
Nordoff Robbins / CPL

Donald MacLeod is the Managing Director of the CPL Entertainment Group, proprietor of Scotland's premier Rock Club and live venue The Cathouse, as well as The Garage on Sauchiehall Street which over the years has hosted a variety of acts from Prince, Queens of the Stone Age, Fun Lovin Criminals, and Tinchy Stryder. Over the years Donald also controlled the hugely successful CPL Live which promoted many artists, including Oasis, Fall Out Boy and Marilyn Manson. Donald has also been a radio DJ and currently writes a column in The Sunday Post.

As Chairman of both the Management Board and Fundraising Committee Donald devotes much of his time to Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, a non state-funded charity during his time at the helm has seen it steadily grow in terms of clinical interests, fundraising activity and simply raising awareness of the valuable work the therapists carry out.

Aarti Joshi

Aarti Joshi
DF Concerts / Artist Management / DJ

Aarti leads DF Concerts & Events’ Marketing and Communications team and has over 15 years of experience in the field. She has worked across all of the company’s signature events, including TRNSMT, T in the Park and Glasgow Summer Sessions, as well as DF's other strands - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut and From the inception of a campaign to its final delivery - she is very hands on and incredibly results focused.

For the last four years, Aarti has also managed one of the UK’s most exciting live acts – The LaFontaines. The band’s debut album, 'CLASS', released in 2015 charted in the U.K. Top 100, #1 in the indie breakers chart, and #10 in the Scottish Album Chart. Their single 'Under The Storm' has had over 1.1 million plays on Spotify. The band has performed at The Great Escape, Download Festival, Reading & Leeds, and Reeperbahn in Germany. As well as the Main Stage at T in the Park and Sold Out headline shows Glasgow Barrowland.

With her club night, Pretty Ugly about to turn twelve in November, Aarti is showing no signs of hanging up her record bag and along with fellow DJ and promoter, Lynne Johnston, can be found at The Admiral Bar every second Saturday of the month playing the best indie, electro and pop to the prettiest dancefloor in town!

Fiona Crichton

Fiona Crichton
SSE Hydro

Fiona has been Head of Partnerships at The SSE Hydro since it opened in September 2013. She is responsible for helping to attract some of the most prestigious brands to the venue via commercial sponsorship and manages all Partner accounts. The SSE Hydro, working with Consultants AEG Global Partnerships provides these brands direct access to highly targeted audiences which benefits both brand and venue.

Prior to joining The SECC and The SSE Hydro in 2008, Fiona was Head of Strategic Partnerships at STV, responsible for developing funded content for a variety of organisations and businesses.

As a child of the 70's, Fiona's music listening heritage is rooted in David Bowie, Stevie Wonder and Fleetwood Mac: however she is no stranger to a current Spotify playlist and has a keen interest in emerging talent, loving small venues such as Nice N'Sleazy and The Hug and Pint.

Megan Impey

Megan Impey
Senior A&R Consultant, The Famous Company

Megan Impey is a Senior A&R Consultant at The Famous Company, the UK's largest artist development company, and music industry services provider. Megan currently works with artists in the UK and USA helping advise on their career progression and connecting them with some of the world's best music industry professionals including songwriters and producers, photographers and videographers. As a graduate of London's Kingston University and California State University in LA, Megan has a First Class Music Technology Degree which has allowed her to work in a number of London's recording studios and as a live sound engineer at Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Megan has tour managed and provided artist liaison to a host of big names including The Who, Queen, Jess Glynn, Artful Dodger, Katy B and Labrynth at O2 Academy tours, Isle of Wight Festival and Mutiny Festival. In addition to this Megan has given a keynote speech at the National Association of Music in Higher Education on how the UK and US education systems educate and prepare students for a professional career in the music industry. Megan still regularly works as a session bassist, having played venues in the UK and USA as well as hosting a radio show on prime time university radio in Los Angeles showcasing the best unsigned music from across the UK.


We recommend reading the full Terms and Conditions as found at the bottom of this FAQ list but if you need any quick answers to questions, take a look here.

  • What kind of music are you looking for?

    One piece of original music is required please, although please feel free to include a cover as well. Please be aware that only popular music genres relevant to Capital will be considered for entry.

  • When can I register myself/my band?

    Submissions open at 6am on 2nd Oct and close at 4pm on 25th Oct.

  • What format can my audio be?

    Any really! But we would prefer mp3, mp4 or wav. Just make sure it’s less than 10MB.

  • How do I submit videos?

    Send us up to two links using the Enter form – these can be to any public video service such as Youtube/Vimeo.

  • When do I have to be available?

    You have to be available for sound-check and rehearsals from 9am on 21st Nov, as well as the evening event itself. You’ll also need to be available on 2nd Dec from 9am for sound-check and rehearsals, as well as the evening event itself.

  • What do you mean by ‘unsigned’?

    You can’t be signed to a UK record label or major music management company.

  • How will I be judged?

    Your entry will be scored against others on voice, music, arrangement, writing, entertainment value, creativity and overall performance.

  • When can we vote?

    Voting begins at 10am on 30th Oct and runs until midnight on 19th Nov.
    Votes outside these times will not be counted.

  • How do we vote?

    Voting will be done via Twitter and will only be accepted from ‘open’ Twitter accounts. If you’ve set your Twitter status as ‘private’, your vote will not count.

    All tweets have to use the hashtag #SSESpotlight followed by the hashtag of your chosen performer. The exact hashtag for each performer will be confirmed on this website before voting opens and only votes with the correct spelling will be counted.

  • Competition Terms & Conditions