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17 September 2019

Q Awards 2019: Pale Waves, Edwyn Collins and Easy Life Announced to Play Exclusive Post-awards Gig



Q Magazine, the UK’s greatest music magazine, last night unveiled the nominations for the Q Awards 2019 in association with Absolute Radio.

The Q Awards, now in their 29th year, is one of the most prestigious and anticipated nights on the music calendar.  Following the massive success of the awards’ new format over the past three years, the Q Awards will again feature a very special, intimate post-awards gig allowing Q Magazine readers and music fans access to the awards alongside the stars themselves. Confirmed acts in the line-up are Pale Waves, Edwyn Collins and Easy Life.

The star-studded ceremony will be followed by sets from two Q Breakthrough nominees, Manchester indie-rock quartet Pale Waves and Leicester electro-pop outfit Easy Life, plus a guest performance from legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Edwyn Collins, who will receive the Q Maverick accolade at this year’s awards.

Heather Baron-Gracie of Pale Waves commented: “When people come to our shows, they’ll get a really exciting, honest band performance with northern spirit, just fucking going for it, playing music that they love and believe in. Over the past year and a half we’ve played so many shows we’ve changed completely and I feel like we keep changing. We’re confident – we actually move onstage now. Before we were like statues and within ourselves. As performers we’ve come a long way and started to believe in ourselves a lot more. Not that we didn’t before, but everything has changed now. At the moment, we’re writing the second album and we’re gonna start recording it next month.”

Edwyn Collins commented: “What can people expect? 40 years of rock’n’roll! The tour has been going great. I’m very ably supported by a brilliant band. People like to hear their favourites, Rip It Up and Falling And Laughing, but we’ve been trying to think about new old ones to play too, playing songs from different eras, new stuff and old stuff combined. It’s gets tricky trying to put the setlist together with so much material to choose from. Everybody’s got an opinion on it, but we can’t have a 45-song setlist!” 

The 2019 Q Awards will be hosted by English singer, songwriter and musician  Nadine Shah, who will also become the first woman to take on the anchor role.  Talking about her first hosting gig, Shah said, “I think a lot of my job is going to be telling people what side of the stage they need to walk off: ‘Oh no, this way, love.’ I’m basically going to be like this oddball Geordie lollipop lady.”

Another first for this year is the exclusive and already sold-out pre-awards gig headlined by Biffy Clyro. It will take place at Camden’s Roundhouse the night before the awards.

The Q Awards, one of the UK’s most highly-regarded awards ceremonies presents seven public-voted awards each year along with a number of highly-coveted merit awards bestowed by Q Magazine on the night.

Details of the shortlist and voting are below. For more information stay tuned to:

The Q Awards, in association with Absolute Radio, take place on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at Camden’s Roundhouse.


Ticket Info

Tickets to the Q Awards and/or post-show gig by Pale Waves, Edwyn Collins and Easy Life available now from

Ticket prices start at £20 (plus booking fee)

The Q Awards, in association with Absolute Radio, exclusive pre-awards gig with Biffy Clyro, will take place on Tuesday 15 October 2019 at Camden’s Roundhouse.

The public can cast their votes and choose the winners for the following categories over at

  • Q Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe
  • Q Best Track
  • Q Best Album
  • Q Best Live Performance presented by The Cavern Club
  • Q Best Solo Act
  • Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Rocksteady Music School
  • Q Best Festival/Event

Voting closes on Monday 7 October.


Full list of nominees:

Q Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe

Gerry Cinnamon

Little Simz


Lewis Capaldi


Fontaines D.C.

AJ Tracey

Easy Life

Pale Waves

Sam Fender

Working Men’s Club

Self Esteem

Q Best Track

People – The 1975

Vossi Bop – Stormzy

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish

Must I Evolve – JARV IS

Juice – Lizzo

Cellophane – FKA twigs

Incapable – Roisin Murphy

Ladbroke Grove – AJ Tracey

Harmony Hall – Vampire Weekend

Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi

Q Best Album

Eton Alive – Sleaford Mods

When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?  – Billie Eilish

A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – The 1975

Norman Fucking Rockwell – Lana Del Rey

Remind Me Tomorrow – Sharon Van Etten

Nothing Great About Britain – slowthai

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1) – Foals

Psychodrama – Dave

GREY Area – Little Simz

Serfs Up – Fat White Family

Q Best Live Performance presented by The Cavern Club

The 1975 – Reading Festival

Stormzy – Glastonbury

Ariana Grande –  O2 Arena

The Courteeners – Heaton Park

The Streets – Brixton Academy

Florence + The Machine – BST Hyde Park

Doves – TCT at Royal Albert Hall

The Strokes – All Points East

Michael Kiwanuka – End Of The Road

Neil Young & Bob Dylan – BST Hyde Park

Q Best Solo Act

Lewis Capaldi


Loyle Carner

Billie Eilish


Aldous Harding

Liam Gallagher

Florence + The Machine

Kate Tempest


Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Rocksteady Music School


The 1975

Billie Eilish

Florence + The Machine

Liam Gallagher

Arctic Monkeys

Lana Del Rey

Bruce Springsteen

Christine And The Queens

Biffy Clyro

Q Best Festival/Event

All Points East



Isle Of Wight Festival

British Summer Time

Reading and Leeds Festival


More info available from:




For further information:

Susie Asbury – Acting Communications Director, Publishing | 07970 402931


2018 winners

Q Best Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe – IDLES and Goat Girl

Q Best Track Presented by Firestone – Underworld & Iggy Pop – Bells & Circles

Q Best Album – Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club – Wolf Alice

Q Best Solo Artist Presented by Absolute Radio – Noel Gallagher

Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Rocksteady Music School – Paul Weller

Q Best Festival/Event Presented by Pretty Green Clothing – Spotify Presents: Who We Be

Q Innovation In Sound – The Streets

Q Classic Album – The Kinks – …Are The Village Green Preservation Society

Q Maverick Presented by the Roundhouse – Lawrence

Fender Play Award – Simon Neil

Q Outstanding Contribution To Music – Noel Gallagher

Q Legend – Nile Rodgers

Q Inspiration– Trojan Records

Q Icon– Ian McCulloch

Q Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Honda Motorcycles– Brett Anderson


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