The nights are drawing in which can mean one of two things - either your light-bulb needs changing or it's time for the Q Awards 2010. Being an entertainment and arts resource website, we'll settle for the latter and boy has the team at Q Towers come up with the goodies this year!
The awards themselves will be presented in Central London (venue TBC) on 25th October, a ceremony that promises to reward those acts that have amazed, impressed and thrilled us all during the past 12 months, as well as the usual outstanding achievement-type accolades. We'll bring you more news about the big night as we draw nearer but, for now, let's take a look at the artists who will appear as part of the Q Awards 2010: The Gigs. The first four all take place at the HMV Forum while the last very special gig takes place at The Jazz Cafe.
Jay Kay hasn't just been whizzing around the countryside, lowering the local rabbit population with his sports-cars, oh no. The man with the occasionally groovy hat and the funk-soul groove to match, is back with his first new album in 5 years. Called "Rock Dust Light Star", the set will get a release later this year. Meanwhile, he appears on stage at the Forum on 20th October to air some of the old and some of the new grooves.
Chase and Status
The drum 'n' breaks duo-cum-group also have a new album all lined up and ready to drop. The title is still to be confirmed, but you can bet your booty it'll fall around the date of this special Q gig, which is on the 21st - the evening will act as an album launch party. Other Q gigs at the Forum leading up to the awards include Paolo Nutini and Hollywood's Tim Robbins on the 22nd and Mark Ronson, Rose Elinor Dougall (both with new albums poised) and Tinashé on the 23rd.
The final Q concert takes place at Camden's famous Jazz Cafe and stars none other than Neil Finn, the man behind some of the most exquisite songs that Crowded House released (and his solo material ain't too shabby either). In a way, Finn is a typical Q subject and regularly has column space within its pages and seems only fitting that he paves the way for the Awards 'proper' on the following night. It just remains to be seen who picks up those treasured prizes.
Tickets for all of the Q Awards gigs go on sale Friday 3rd September at 9AM, costing £25 for the Jamiroquai and Mark Ronson dates, £30 for Neil Finn's Jazz Cafe jaunt and £35 for Paolo Nutini - all plus the usual fees, of course.