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!

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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.

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