- 24 Sep 15
Soak is the only Irish contender, while Foals also make a strong showing...
Ed Sheeran, Foals, Florence + The Machine and Noel Gallagher are the biggest winners – or potential winners – as the nominations for this year's Q Awards are announced.
Meanwhile, Derry-born troubadour Soak is the only Irish nominee, in any category. She is one of ten nominees in the Best New Act category. She faces still opposition with Courtney Barnett, Wolf Alice and Jess Glynn among those she is pitted against.
Ed Sheeran and Noel Gallagher are both in the running for Best Solo Artist, a unisex category that also includes Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith, among the nominees. Both Gallagher and Sheeran have also been nominated for Best Act In The World.
Gallagher's third nomination is in the Best Album category for his record Chasing Yesterday. Meanwhile Sheeran – who is hugely popular in Ireland – has also been shortlisted for Best Live Act,. The ginger-haired superstar made two appearances at Croke Park this summer, attracting an audience of 160,000 people.
Florence Welsh of Florence and the Machine has been nominated for Best Track for her single 'What Kind of Man’. Her album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful is one of the five nominated for Best Album. Her third nomination is for the video for her single 'Ship To Wreck’, which is in the Best Video award list.
Foals, who are manager by Q-Prime – who also manage Show Patrol – are nominated for their single 'What Went Down’ in the Best Track category. The same track gets the nod in the Best Video section. And in what is a significant step up for the band, they are also battling it out with Sheeran, Gallagher, Blur and Muse in the Best Act in the World category.
The awards will be presented, for her second year running by Absolute Radio DJ, Christian O'Connell. They take place on October 19.
The public is invited to vote in seven categories, including best new act, best album, best solo artist and best video.
The nominations are as follows:
Q Best New Act
Years & Years
Q Best Video
Muse - Psycho
Foals - What Went Down
The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face
Florence + The Machine - Ship To Wreck
Miguel - Coffee
Q Best Album
Jamie XX - In Colour
Everything Everything - Get To Heaven
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday
Blur - The Magic Whip
Florence + The Machine - How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Q Best Track
Foals - What Went Down
The Libertines - Gunga Din
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk
Florence + The Machine - What Kind Of Man
New Order - Restless
Q Best Live Act
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Mumford & Sons
Q Best Solo Artist
Q Best Act In The World Today
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds