MO GILLIGAN TO PRESENT THE Q AWARDS 2018
The country’s hottest comedian will be hosting this year’s typically star-studded ceremony. Vote now and you could be in with a chance of joining us on the day!
South London comedian Mo Gilligan has had a triumphant 2018, breaking records with his debut stand-up tour and winning rave reviews as co-presenter on Channel 4’ s The Big Narstie Show. He’ll cap it off by hosting this year’s Q Awards ceremony, which takes place on 17 October at London’s Roundhouse. “I guess I have to make sure it’s not about me,” says the 30- year-old. “It’s not a comedy show, but I think I’ll approach it a bit like my comedy show. I’m looking forward to it. It’s my first time hosting an awards show – it should be fun.” Gilligan’s big breakthrough came after his Instagram skits went viral, finding fans in Drake, Anthony Joshua, Tinie Tempah and beyond. After Stormzy was presented with his Best Solo Artist prize by Mo at last year’s awards, the grime star gatecrashed Gilligan’s headline show at Koko later that evening. “I was sitting in my dressing room chilling before the show and there was a knock at the door and Stormzy, Skepta and Example all came in,” he says. “When the show started, they all went to sit down and everyone in the audience was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Stormzy!’ I had to make a point where it was like, ‘Guys, this is about me right now, this is my show.’” Gilligan has some tips for any artists lucky enough to get their hands on a Q Award: keep your speech snappy. “Make it short. When you make it too long, you can hear people in the audience, like, ‘Alright, get on with it, man.’ If you’re nominated, try and prepare something. The best way to handle it is to be yourself. Liam Gallagher was there last year and was the typical Liam Gallagher, know what I mean? You wouldn’t expect anything less. It’s about being yourself.” Wolf Alice and IDLES will perform live following the ceremony, with the evening promising to deliver another night of star-studded pageantry. The event is now sold-out, but by helping us choose the winners from this year’s categories (see right), you could win a pair of tickets to music’s most prestigious night of the year.
Ed Sheeran and Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams at last year’s Q Awards.
Funny business: Mo Gilligan gears up for presenting the Q Awards 2018.