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Gorillaz, Liam Gallagher, A Tribe Called Quest, Depeche Mode, The The Up For Britain's Q Awards

by Newsdesk

The UK’s Q Magazine has announced that the 27th Q Awards in association with Absolute Radio will take place on October 18, 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 seven public voted categories at Voting closes on Monday, August 31 with the awards nominees shortlist announced on September 7 - the longlists and categories are:

Q Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe
  • Rag’n’Bone Man
  • Shame
  • Stefflon Don
  • The Big Moon
  • Pumarosa
  • Girl Ray
  • Formation
  • The Moonlandingz
  • Sampha
Q Best Track Presented by Flare Audio
  • Lights Out - Royal Blood 
  • Humble - Kendrick Lamar 
  • Green Light - Lorde 
  • The Man - The Killers 
  • We Got The Power - Gorillaz 
  • You’re In Love With A Psycho - Kasabian 
  • On Hold - The xx 
  • Shape Of You - Ed Sheeran 
  • Big For Your Boots - Stormzy 
  • Wall of Glass - Liam Gallagher 
Q Best Album Presented by Absolute Radio
  • I See You - The xx 
  • DAMN - Kendrick Lamar 
  • Gang Signs & Prayer - Stormzy 
  • English Tapas - Sleaford Mods 
  • A Kind Revolution - Paul Weller 
  • Humanz Gorillaz 
  • We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest 
  • Semper Femina - Laura Marling 
  • Process - Sampha 
  • 4:44 - Jay-Z 
Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Depeche Mode
  • Lorde
  • Father John Misty
  • The xx
  • Radiohead
  • The Killers
  • PJ Harvey
  • Stormzy
Q Best Solo Artist Presented by Help Musicians UK
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Lorde
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Paul Weller
  • Jay-Z
  • Wiley
  • Stormzy
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • St. Vincent
Q Best Act in the World Today Presented by Buster + Punch
  • Lorde
  • The 1975
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Adele
  • Radiohead
  • Queens Of The Stone Age
  • The Killers
  • Stormzy
  • 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
  • Havana Moon - The Rolling Stones
  • 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.

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