Student band named Best Live Act at Scottish Alternative Music Awards

the-vegan-lather A music student from New College Lanarkshire has been recognised at the prestigious Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs). HND student Matthew McGoldrick joined band members of The Vegan Leather in collecting the Best Live Act award at the event, which took place on Friday 25 October at Saint Lukes & The Winged Ox, Glasgow. The SAMAs are an independently ran music award in association with key partners Rebel Rebel Barbers and Creative Scotland the SAMA’s celebrating the best emerging artists on the Scottish music scene. The Paisley born art-pop quartet, fought off some tough competition from other acts such as Crystal, Bossy Love and Gallus to add to a growing portfolio of New College Lanarkshire music students making a name for themselves on the national stage. 23-year-old bass player Matthew, who has been studying full time at the Motherwell Campus since 2017, said: “The course has been fantastic and has given me a good insight into how the music business operates. “On top of that, the highly practical elements of the course has without doubt helped build my confidence and contributed to the band and I being recognised for our visceral live act.” The win comes almost a year after former student Lewis Capaldi, now a globally recognised household name, picked up Best Acoustic Act at the same awards Matthew continued: “Lewis hasn’t just opened the door for other New College Lanarkshire music students, he’s blew it off the hinges! He has given us some great advice and we would love to do what he done this time last year, and really build on the platform winning an award like this creates.” Scott Cowie, Lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, said: “Last week I heard Matthew’s band, The Vegan Leather, on Radio 1 – then Lewis Capaldi was played straight after. “For me that really signified how much the course has grown with our current and past students having unbelievable success. Hopefully The Vegan Leather will also be number 1 in the future.” The award comes ahead of the official launch of the band’s album, ‘Poor Girls/Broken Boys’, which will be launched at the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow on Saturday 2 November. For more information and to book tickets for The Vegan Leather’s album launch, please visit: Or follow the band on social media:

  • Twitter @TheVeganLeather
  • Instagram @TheVeganLeather
  • Facebook: The VeganLeather

Applications for New College Lanarkshire’s range of music and music businesses courses are now open. For more information, visit:

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