Q Magazine reveal nominees for the Q Awards 2016

 

Last night FAULT attended the Q Magazine nominations party to find out just who had been nominated for the upcoming Q Magazine Awards 2016. While 2016 hasn’t been the best of all years, there has been a plethora of great music and we wanted to find out just who was in for a shot at the prestigious award this November.

We can now reveal that the nominees below.

Q Best Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe

Blossoms

Let’s Eat Grandma

Jack Garratt

The Amazons

Nothing But Thieves

Spring King

Lady Leshurr

Christine And The Queens

Rat Boy

Gallant

Q Best Track

Catfish And The Bottlemen – Twice

Biffy Clyro – Howl

Skepta – Man

Bastille – Good Grief

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Q Best Video presented by Boxplus

Coldplay – Up & Up

The 1975 – A Change Of Heart

Beyoncé – Formation

Wolf Alice – Lisbon

PJ Harvey – The Community Of Hope

Q Best Album presented by Absolute Radio

Coldplay – A Head Full Of Dreams

Bastille – Wild World

The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It

Christine And The Queens – Chaleur Humaine

David Bowie – ?

Q Best Live Act presented by StubHub

Savages

Muse

Coldplay

Wolf Alice

U2

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Help Musicians UK

Skepta

PJ Harvey

Michael Kiwanuka

Noel Gallagher

James Bay

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by The Cavern Club

Coldplay

Muse

U2

The 1975

Biffy Clyro

 

While some acts above come as no surprise, namely The 1975 who stormed to number one with their album ‘I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It’ back in February and FAULT Favourite, Biffy Clyro, who’s 7th album Ellipsis proved to be their most experimental with inclusion  of trap beats, children’s choir recordings and even exploring country themed music.

While no less talented, grime musicians Skepta and Lady Leshurr being nominated did take us back but in a great way. We were pleasantly surprised to see Grime nominated for such prestigious awards and we hope to see more judging panels taking the genre into consideration. Both have had amazing years, Sketpa’s track for which he is nominated ‘Man’, while a catchy and quote worthy tune, also took us on a journey into his artistry as he raps about his need to control his privacy and explains just why when it comes to social media, “man” truly doesn’t “care about all that”. 2016 also saw Lady Leshurr take her seat at the throne of female grime music with the release of Queen Speech 5 and Panda Remix proving Leshurr’s consistency to slay without being too bound to stereotypes of what a grime artist should be.

In short, we’re excited! If you’re as excited at us then you’re in luck because this year tickets are open to the public! To pick up yours, head over to Stubhub HERE  and for more info, head to the Q Awards website HERE

FAULT Exclusive Online Interview: The Hunna

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Hertfordshire 4-piece The Hunna have taken the music world by storm over the past few months. With a steady but secure rise to the top, the boys are just on the edge of releasing their debut album on the 26th of August. Over the past months, they’ve toured Europe, the UK and America. Talk about having a lot of gigs under their belts. And it seems that things are looking even bigger and better for the boys in the months to come. You’ll see them at Lollapalooza, Leeds festival and they’ve got their own UK tour lined up. We caught up with the 4-piece earlier this week and here’s what they had to say about working with Lana del Rey’s producer, jumping continents and their close relationship with their fans.

 

You’ve only started releasing music in late 2015. What’s your story? How did everything come together?

I met Dan when we were in college and we started a band together. After that, about 4 years ago, we came together as you see us now. About 3 years ago, after we started writing music together and recording, we got things going. And now, we’re here.

 

Your debut single ‘Bonfire’ was produced by Tim Larcombe (Lana del Rey’s producer) and mixed by Dan Grench who’s also worked with Wolf Alice and Circa Waves. How did it all come together? Was there something in particular that you wanted them to encapsulate in your music?

When we worked with Tim Larcombe, we had a really good relationship with him. We call him uncle Tim now. It all came together in a very natural way. We had the song for quite a while and took it up to him. We shared the same vision for how we wanted things to sound. And both Tim and Dan really managed to capture our sound. They knew what we wanted and they had a vision on what we had. We wanted it to sound like it did live and less is more with our set-up.

 

You’ve already toured Europe, have some UK dates in the bag and you’ve only just got back from America. How would you differentiate the three?

America was insane, it was like a movie. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, so it was very much a dream come true. We tried to take it all in and have as much fun as we could. Meeting the American fans for the first time was amazing, they’re all really nice and really supportive. Obviously, over here we’re doing like bigger venues, so it was all kind of like when we first started in the UK. It’s kind of going back to that, but it’s a really nice vibe. The fans sung along, we played our first festival, people were singing along to our songs and that was great.

 

You’re releasing your album at the end of August. What should your fans expect from it?

It’s definitely got ‘The Hunna’ stamp on it. From start to finish, it’s just the story of everything that we’ve experienced trying to finally be in a recognized band and the things that have happened to us along the way. Also, there are lots of different vibes, different sounds on the album that people haven’t heard from us yet. It kind of shows a different side to us. We worked really hard on it to make sure that it’s good enough for the fans. We wanted to make sure that it was the best it could be.

 

Speaking of your fans, you’ve got quite a close relationship with them. What do you think draws people to your music?

Everyday experiences. We write about things that we’ve all been through personally and together, from before we got signed and released up until now. And yeah, as long as we keep things real, we’ll keep people connected. Which is why we wanted to do this. We have artists and bands that we listen to and connect with. We want to do that as well. And also, the music is raw but it’s catchy. It’s also about capturing a sound that people are interested in.

 

What’s your favourite track off of it and why?

I’ll go with Bonfire because it was our first single. We’ve had lots of different versions of it, but we refined it to a version where we felt that it captured exactly what we wanted it to capture. And also, the video with it is good fun. But to be honest, for us, just having an album is mind-blowing.

 

In terms of influences, is there anything in particular that has translated clearly into your album?

We like to think that we’ve got our own sound. But there’s obviously stuff like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimmy Hendrix, Bob Marley. We’ve got some hip-hop influences as well, I feel like that can come across sometimes. Soul as well – vocally speaking. On stage, we’ve got a bit of a throwback Nirvana vibe. And also, 30 Seconds to Mars are a bit of an influence.

 

What else do you have lined up for 2016?

So much. We’ve got Leeds festival, a UK tour, Lollapalooza, we’ve got an HMV in store show, and we’ll be going to America again. We’re very busy.

 

What’s your FAULT?

We’re too noisy. Too loud – very loud.

 

British Summer Time Announce New Wave of Acts

 

BST_colAdding to their already stellar line-up, British Summer Time just keep the good news coming. As of today, on Friday 1st of July, Massive Attack will be taking the main stage in Hyde Park alongside Patti Smith, TV on The Radio, Warpaint and Ghostpoet. Tickets for this day will be going on sale at 9am on the 11th of March.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13:  A general view of The Rolling Stones performing on stage during a headline performance as part of Barclaycard Present British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 13, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 13: A general view of The Rolling Stones performing on stage during a headline performance as part of Barclaycard Present British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 13, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

This 2016, Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park hits its fourth year, firmly established as the essential London summer event. Already announced for July 9th as headliners are Take That, bringing their full live experience to Hyde Park for the very first time. And on July 8th, Mumford & Sons will headline with special guests Alabama Shakes and Wolf Alice

On the 2nd of July, Jamie XX and Blood Orange will join a Grammy winning Kendrick Lamar alongside BRIT Award winner and platinum selling Florence And The Machine on the main stage of BST. This will be Kendrick Lamar’s only UK festival appearance. You can check out the announcement video below.

 

Teasing even further, amongst the new additions you’ll find BRIT Award-winning trip-folk star Cat Power, whose spellbinding mix of folk, country and blues you won’t want to miss, as Hyde Park will be the only place to catch Cat this summer in London.

She’ll be joined on the main stage by Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje and The Olsens. Rolling Stone magazine has placed Todd amongst their “25 DJs That Rule The Earth” , scoring an impressive no.17 slot. He’s bound to get crowds grooving in Hyde Park, especially since his live band The Olsens will be joining him. Expect a musical whirlwind that will bring to life hits from Todd’s debut album It’s About Time.

Also, Kamasi Washington, a genius of the tenor sax, is set to bring jazz funk fun to the afternoon. He’s definitely a force to be reckoned with, playing alongside household names such as Snoop Dogg, Chaka Khan and Flying Lotus.

Crowd

This year’s line-up has gotten everyone at FAULT HQ bouncing off the walls. We can’t help but wonder if Alex Turner is going to make another cameo appearance and dance like nobody is watching despite everyone will be watching – definitely a highlight to The Stroke’s first UK gig in years.

Avoid disappointment and grab yourself early tickets, as this year’s festival promises to be another memorable experience.

 

Ticket Prices:

£59.50                          General Admission     

£69.50                          Priority Entry           

£89.50                          Premium View                                                           

£129.50                        Barclaycard VIP Summer Garden                               

£199.50                        The Terrace

 

You can find more info on the event on their website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.