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1 August 2017

Q Awards 2017 Announced for 18 October at Camden’s Roundhouse

Q Magazine, the UK’s greatest music magazine, today announced that the 27th Q Awards in association with Absolute Radio will take place on 18 October 2017 at Camden’s Roundhouse. Following the massive success of the awards’ new format in 2016, this year the Q Awards will also feature a very special intimate post-awards gig, allowing Q magazine readers and fans access to the awards as well as the stars themselves. Confirmed to perform are Manic Street Preachers and Sleaford Mods. Tickets to attend just the gig or the full-blown Q Awards and gig are available now via

Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell will return to host the Awards for his fourth consecutive year. Q’s partnership with Absolute Radio will allow the event to reach in excess of 2 million ardent music fans across on air, in print and across digital channels.

The Q Awards are proud to announce their continued partnership with Help Musician’s UK, Britian’s leading independent music charity.

New Q Magazine editor, Ted Kessler, has also instigated, for the first time in the award’s history, a longlist for the seven public voted categories. Compiled by the Q team and reflecting the magazine’s opinions and the acts they have supported for the past year, the voting opens today for the 7 public voted categories at Voting closes on Monday 31 August with the awards nominees shortlist announced on 7 September – the longlists and categories are:


Q Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe

Rag’n’Bone Man



Stefflon Don

The Big Moon


Girl Ray


The Moonlandingz



Q Best Track Presented by Flare Audio 

Royal Blood – Lights Out

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Lorde – Green Light

The Killers – The Man

Gorillaz – We Got The Power

Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho

The xx – On Hold

Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

Stormzy – Big For Your Boots

Liam Gallagher – Wall of Glass


Q Best Album Presented by Absolute Radio 

The xx – I See You

Kendrick Lamar – DAMN

Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

Sleaford Mods – English Tapas

Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution

Gorillaz – Humanz

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

Laura Marling – Semper Femina

Sampha – Process

Jay-Z – 4:44

Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club 

Ed Sheeran

Liam Gallagher

Depeche Mode


Father John Misty

The xx


The Killers

PJ Harvey



Q Best Solo Artist Presented by Help Musicians UK 

Lana Del Rey

Ed Sheeran


Liam Gallagher

Paul Weller




Kendrick Lamar

St. Vincent


Q Best Act in the World Today Presented by Buster + Punch 


The 1975

Ed Sheeran



Queens Of The Stone Age

The Killers


Depeche Mode

Kendrick Lamar


Q Best Film Presented by Pretty Green

Bunch of Kunst (Sleaford Mods)

The Inertia Variations (The The)

Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)

The Rolling Stones – Havana Moon

American Valhalla (Iggy Pop & Josh Homme)

A number of highly-coveted merit awards will also be bestowed by Q magazine on the night. Designed to recognise career-spanning achievements, these will include the Q Classic Songwriter, the Q Classic Album, the Q Outstanding Contribution To Music, Q Hero and the Q Hall Of Fame.

Ted Kessler, Editor Q Magazine, commented: “From returning rock’n’roll icons to grime’s mainstream breakthrough and Ed Sheeran’s continued conquering of the pop landscape, it has been a brilliant year for music. This year’s Q Awards are a reflection of that and it’s shaping up to be one of the events of the year. The newly-created longlists mean that voters will play a crucial role in helping to shape our shortlists, and live performances on the night from Sleaford Mods, one of the UK’s most exciting live bands, and Manic Street Preachers, who have a long and illustrious history with Q, will cap off what promises to be another outstanding Q Awards.”

Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell said It’s an honour to host the Q awards again this year and it’s great to see Liam Gallagher back and going head to head with the biggest bands in the industry. This could be the liveliest awards in years” 

The Q Awards, in association with Absolute Radio, take place on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at Camden’s Roundhouse.

Tickets are on-sale now for the Q Awards 2017 and fans can buy tickets now for the full Awards experience including post-awards gig, or just the gig featuring Sleaford Mods and Manic Street Preachers.

Ticket info:

Gig and Awards                        £49 + booking fee | Doors Open: 16:25

Gig Only                                        £30 + booking fee | Doors Open: 19:35

Tickets available from:



Notes to editors


2016 winners

Q Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe – Jack Garratt

Q Best Track presented by Jack Daniels – Bastille (Good Grief)

Q Best Video presented by Box Plus – Seamus Murphy (PJ Harvey, The Community of Hope)

Q Best Album presented by Absolute Radio – The 1975 (I Like It When You Sleep…)

Q Best Live – U2

Q Best Solo presented by Help Musicians UK – James Bay

Q Best Act in the World Today presented by The Cavern Club – Muse

Q Innovation in Sound Award – MIA

Q Hero – Meat Loaf

Q Maverick – Pete Doherty

Q Classic Songwriter – Ray Davies

Q Hall of Fame – Madness

Q Classic Album – The Charlatans (Tellin’ Stories)

Q Gibson Les Paul Award – Edge

Q Outstanding Contribution to Music – Blondie

Q Icon/Merit – Coldplay

About Q

Q is the ultimate guide to modern music.

Since its launch in 1986, the iconic British magazine has built its reputation on world-beating exclusives, its definitive reviews section, and arresting, award-winning photography.

Celebrating the world’s biggest stars and actively championing new talent, in the last 12 months Q has featured exclusive cover stories with everyone from Ed Sheeran, The xx, Paul Weller, Gorillaz and Liam Gallagher.

Q’s partnership with Absolute Radio provides the unique opportunity to engage two million ardent music fans through carefully honed editorial support. The magazine provides daily content for the station’s news bulletin for Danielle Perry’s afternoon show, as well as contributing valuable critique to The Sunday Night Music Club (8.00pm-midnight).

With Q’s online presence, an interactive tablet edition, social media, live events and festival sponsorship (including The Great Escape) and, of course, the world famous annual Q Awards – the most exclusive event in the music calendar – the message is everywhere: music sounds better with Q.

About Bauer Media:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 25 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, Kiss, Grazia, Empire, MOJO, TV Choice, Take a Break, Bella, Magic and Absolute Radio. It creates and curates entertaining media content that audiences love whenever, wherever and however they want through a multi-channel strategy and a focus on product excellence and audience insight. The result is an exciting array of influential brands, content and talent which provide compelling and engaging advertising opportunities with valuable audiences for UK commercial partners. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.

About Absolute Radio

Absolute Radio is a national radio station where ‘Real Music Matters’, wrapped up with lashings of personality and mischief from presenters including Christian O’Connell, Frank Skinner, Jason Manford, Dave Berry and Rob Beckett who have the freedom to say what they think and tell it like it is.

Absolute Radio also has a network of digital decade brands; Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s and Absolute Classic Rock.

Listen to Absolute Radio on 105.8FM in London and the South-East, 105.2FM in the West Midlands, nationally on DAB or 1215AM, online, via the official mobile app or digital TV. For more information log on to


For Further Press Information, please contact:

Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director (Radio)

T: 0207 432 3317 M: 07932 746 363

Jonny Silver – Bauer Media Head of Communications (Radio)

T: 0207 432 3417 M: 07929 333 759

About Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK is Britian’s leading independent music charity

Since 1921, Help Musicians UK (HMUK) has provided help, support and opportunities to empower muscicians at all stages of their lives.

HMUK’s mission is to create a sustainable future for all muscicians in the industry.

The charity works in partnership to transform the music industry through advocacy, campaigning, solutions and targeting investment for all those within it.


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