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5 October 2016

The StubHub Q Awards 2016 Announces The Charlatans as Its First Ever Live Act in 26 Years




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Q Magazine, the UK’s greatest music magazine, has hand-picked The Charlatans to be the first act to ever play at its Awards ceremony this year, in another milestone for the 26-year old industry event. The event will be held on 2 November at its brand new home at Camden’s Roundhouse and will be hosted by award-winning Absolute Radio presenter, Christian O’Connell.

One of the most cherished British acts of the last 30 years, The Charlatans will play an exclusive set at the Stubhub Q Awards this year, as the event welcomes music fans to join the party for the first time in its history. The band’s set will follow the awards ceremony itself, crowning a night full of musical celebration.

Armed with 17 Top 30 hits – including The Only One I Know, One to Another and North Country Boy – and three UK Number One albums, The Charlatans’ history is littered with triumphs. The band’s last album, 2015’s Modern Nature, hit the Top 10 and was widely acclaimed for its soulful warmth and hailed as their best album in years. No strangers to the live music circuit, the band has toured for fans constantly over the years. Around the release of Modern Nature, the band completed two sold out tours of the UK, played the prestigious opening slot at Glastonbury Festival and were awarded a Q Hero award at the 2014 Q Awards.

“Q Magazine has been there with us from the very beginning of our career and the support we’ve had from its readers has been amazing,” The Charlatans commented. “It’s great to see to the Awards finally being opened up to the fans – we’ll see you there at the Roundhouse on November 2.”

Back in July 2015, Q Magazine caught The Charlatans’ live performance at Manchester’s Hotel Football where the band was joined on stage by football legend and fan Gary Neville. “The enormity of their music and their story suddenly feels overwhelming,” wrote Q journalist Simon Goddard, reviewing the gig and affirming the band’s continued impact.

Phil Alexander, Editor in Chief of Q Magazine, added: “As well as the awards being 26 years old, it’s Q Magazine’s 30th birthday this year so we wanted a band that could help us celebrate in style. The Charlatans are the perfect band for that. They’ve seen off ‘Madchester’ and Britpop, and made music that’s stood the test of time. They’re loved by the Q team and our readers, and we’re thrilled that they’ve agreed to play on November 2 for what should be a very special evening.”

Absolute Radio presenter Christian O’Connell, who returns to host the proceedings at the Stubhub Q Awards for the third year running, said: “The Charlatans are one of the country’s finest bands, and Tim Burgess one of the best-haired front-men any of us have ever known. To have them performing at the Q Awards – one of the biggest nights in music – is set to be a performance to remember.”

Tickets are on-sale now for the Stubhub Q Awards 2016 and fans can buy tickets now for the full Awards experience plus gig, or the Charlatans’ performance only, from

The Q Awards Nominations will be announced on Thursday 13 October.

The StubHub Q Awards, in association with Absolute Radio, take place on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at Camden’s Roundhouse.

Ticket info:

–          £65 VIP Gig and Ceremony (limited spots) – Doors open: 17:55

–          £36.95 Gig and Ceremony – Doors Open: 17:55

–          £30.00 Gig only – Doors Open: 20:30

NB: Booking fees apply

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Notes to editors


2015 winners

Q Best New Act presented by Orange Amplification – James Bay

Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio – The Libertines – Gunga Din

Q Best Album presented by JBL – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds- Chasing Yesterday

Q Best Video – Florence + The Machine – Ship to Wreck

Q Hero – Mark Ronson

Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club – Royal Blood

Q Classic Album – Soul II Soul – Club Classics Vol. One

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën – Ed Sheeran

Q Innovation in Sound presented by Sony Xperia – Gary Numan

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Queen Bohemian Lager – Foals

Gibson Les Paul Award – Tony Lommi

Q Outstanding Contribution to Music – New Order

Q Classic Single – Queen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Q Icon – Duran Duran


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 Kanye West to Coldplay via The 1975 and Radiohead. The magazine’s 30th Birthday Issue featured an exclusive cover shoot with U2 frontman Bono who wrote an accompanying piece for the magazine, while Liam Gallagher conducted his first interview in four years exclusively with Q for the cover story for the October edition.

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, 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, Geoff Lloyd, Jason Manford, Rob Beckett and Ian Wright 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.


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About StubHub

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About Help Musicians

Help Musicians is the leading independent music charity in the country. It has an unrivalled reputation for providing health and welfare support to working and retired musicians. Additional investment in organisations as well as emerging and mid-career artists makes it unique. And its independence enables the charity to be a truly representative voice for musicians and the wider industry. For more info visit:


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