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Thanks to our friends at Fender Play, you could be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets to this year’s star-studded Q Awards. The Q Awards 2019 will take place on Wednesday 16 October at the Roundhouse, London, with doors opening at 4.25pm.
Today we reveal that Anna Calvi is this year’s recipient of the Fender Play Award at the Q Awards 2019. The Fender Play award is a special accolade that celebrates an artist at the forefront of modern guitar music. The prize is named after Fender Play, Fender’s complete learning subscription app for guitar, bass and ukulele which makes it more fun and easier than ever to learn and hone new musical skills.
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It takes a certain level of star quality to shine in a room that includes Bono, Noel Gallagher, Nile Rodgers, The Kinks, The Streets and Paul Weller. At last year’s Q Awards, singer-songwriter Nadine Shah did such a great job presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Suede’s Brett Anderson that we’ve invited her to host this year’s ceremony.
Forty years ago this October, The Specials released their debut, an album that was black and white, diverse yet coherent, jaunty yet bleak and inspirationally political. It changed the world. As did its follow-up and several other singles. But within three years they’d dissolved in a rancour that persists to this day. Yet, as they tell Dorian Lynskey, the existing three members have never been happier.
Last year a galaxy of stars, including Paul Weller, Bono, Noel Gallagher, The Kinks, The Streets, Suede, Stefflon Don, Underworld and many more, descended on the Roundhouse in London for the annual Q Awards – the most exclusive event in the music calendar. This year’s ceremony, which takes place on 16 October at the Roundhouse, promises the same degree of star-studded pageantry and live music thrills. Biffy Clyro will perform a special Q Awards gig the night before, and another super-exciting show will be announced mid-September. And what’s more, help us choose the winners from this year’s categories and you could win a pair of tickets to the event.
In the new issue of Q, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Oasis’s classic debut album, Definitely Maybe. We salute a record that went to Number 1 and changed the rules of the game for everyone, for ever. In a huge feature, Hamish MacBain reveals its innermost secrets, track by track, and those who were there to recall the chart battles, sacked drummers and giant stages in the year that followed its phenomenal success.
Biffy Clyro will play a special Q Awards show in London in October. They will take a break from the studio for a one-off gig at the Roundhouse, Camden, on Tuesday, 15 October, the day before the Q Awards. Pre-sale to Q subscribers, Roundhouse members and Biffy Clyro mailing list recipients starts at 9am on Wednesday, 31 July. General sale begins at 9am on 2 August.
Florence + The Machine are on the cover of the new issue, out on Tuesday 2 July. Ted Kessler joins the band in London and New York as Florence Welch tells him why it’s time for a change.
It’s your chance to grill Keane! The quartet will appear in Cash For Questions in a future issue of Q. Do you have a question for Tom Chaplin and co.? If so, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You’ll get £25 for each printed in Q!
Liam, the heavyweight champion of rock interviews, takes on Ted Kessler for 12 rounds of intense banter and psychedelic drinking ahead of his new single, his new film and his forthcoming second solo album. “Four more espresso Martinis please, barman!”
In the new issue of Q, out on Tuesday 7 May, we go deep into the world of Vampire Weekend. Over two meetings in Los Angeles, band leader Ezra Koenig talks to Niall Doherty about fatherhood, their excellent fourth album and why he can’t stop over-thinking. “The album is so colourful and diverse,” he says. “After all these years gone, I needed to re-establish a bigger world.”