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Q Magazine August 2020

Q magazine is inventive, insightful and irreverent. It's the UK's biggest-selling music magazine and the world's best music guide. Our journalists get the interviews and exclusives that no other magazine can! Their expertise provides reviews you can rely on and trust. Q magazine's new entertainment section features EVERYTHING you need to know about music, films, DVDs, radios, books, games and gadgets... which, coupled with the famous Q Magazine Reviews, and you've got what amounts to the most essential music and entertainment guide there is.

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3 min.

At the time of writing, I cannot say if this is the last issue of Q. It is Thursday. We go to print on Friday. I will know more on Monday. As you read this in the not distant future, you may well know our fate. I send salutations from an uncertain recent past. Although this is not meant to feel like a farewell edition, because we don’t know if it is, it was hard not to let that seep into its construction. We became weepy, self-indulgent. Like you, we love the magazine. I can testify that this issue is consequently full of glorious writing and photography from legends past and present, including two former Q editors, Danny Kelly and Andrew Harrison, both of whom I revere. I thank everyone for their…

6 min.
que sera sera

AJ Tracey chooses Unknown T & Digga D The West London star picks the drill duo’s forthcoming mixtape. And his own EP. “Unknown T and Digga D have a tape coming. I want to hear that, it’s gonna be sick. I think it’s nice to have competition, it pushes people. There’s always a competitive edge but it’s a healthy competition. People like Stormzy, Dave and J Hus, I see as competition and I’m always trying to better myself. I never compare myself cos we’re all different, we’ve got our own lanes. All the people at the top, myself included, we’re all friends. We’re friends first but we’re competing too. We want to be the best and everyone considers themselves the best, otherwise why are you doing this? My other pick is my…

4 min.
name: adrian deevoy

It was such a great laugh. Whenever I revisit the time I spent working my passage on the poop deck of the good ship Q, I am laughing. Not before or since in my professional life have I found reason to laugh so freely and happily. The witticisms, warm and daft and brilliant, have stayed with me. I can’t listen to Elmore James or Stevie Ray Vaughan without hearing esteemed rock critic Andy Gill solemnly declare, “The blues. It’s a bit miserable, isn’t it?” To this day, Mick Hucknall fronts a band named Amply Fed – Q was a land where the pun never set – and Miles Davis remains “the guv’nor of the sad trumpet”. You had to be there, of course, and I give humble thanks that, for a good while, I was. That we…

2 min.
arctic monkeys

“It was just before they released I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. I was sent by Q down to Olympic Studios in Barnes, South-west London. Before I went, I had a phone call from Steve Peck, who was the photo editor at Q at the time, and he said, ‘These guys are kids, they’re gonna explode, it’s gonna be amazing.’ He goes, ‘We’ve been told by their management that they’re really feisty and they don’t want to be photographed much and they don’t smile. So our brief for you is to get them to smile.’ As soon as you hear that they don’t want to do something, it’s like, ‘Of course I’m gonna get them to smile, how hard can that be?!’ We rocked up to Olympic Studios…

5 min.
name: tom doyle

December 1996, New York. Seven days since U2 had finally completed Pop, their third album of the ’90s, after busting through deadline after deadline in their Dublin studio, they’d arrived in Manhattan to make a start on its promo. Tasked with writing a world exclusive cover feature for Q, I’d been planted in the all-suite Rihga Royal Hotel on West 54th Street for three nights before I was even due to interview them. The band were staying there too and, outside on the sidewalk, groups of fans lingered day and night in the cold. Day four and I was given a time to meet The Edge in the lobby before heading for a meal with all of the ’2 and their management. Straight away, the dryly funny guitarist seemed more interested…

9 min.
eyewitness: the last great british youth movement

Wiley: The root of [grime] was house parties. Proper house parties, with a proper system, all across Bow and Newham when we were teenagers. We’d go and jump on the mic, and clash each other. Kano: I saw how people reacted to D Double E at a house party. I was like, “He’s just a regular guy from Forest Gate, but when he’s got the mic he’s got the power.” And that was so intriguing. When I started spitting I was still at school, so there were playground circles and once I stepped in the circle with the older kids they respected me. They saw me as that guy that could MC. DJ Target: In our area, anyone who was having a house party, we would be the guys who came and…