Q Magazine, in coalition with Fender, has today revealed Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil as the first ever recipient of the Fender Play Award at this year's Q Awards 2018 in association with Absolute Radio.
The Fender Play Award is an all-new accolade at The Q Awards to celebrate an artist at the forefront of guitar music today. The award is named after Fender's digital tool Fender Play, the learning subscription app for guitar, bass and ukulele.
Ted Kessler, Editor of Q Magazine commented: “Biffy Clyro are one of rock’s most compelling groups and Q has been there every step of the way as they’ve turned into one of the UK’s biggest bands. At their core is Simon Neil, a frontman who possesses the perfect blend of raw emotion and rock’n’roll charisma, the sort of figurehead who inspires the next generation to pick up a guitar. We’re very excited that Simon is the first recipient of our inaugural Fender Play award, a prize that will be reserved for only the most trailblazing talents in modern guitar music.”
The Q Awards 2018 take place at the Roundhouse, London on Wednesday 17 October. Wolf Alice and Idles will be performing full live sets after the ceremony.