Home Uncategorized UK Music Magazine ‘Q’ Folds After 34 Years Due to Pandemic

UK Music Magazine ‘Q’ Folds After 34 Years Due to Pandemic

British music magazine Q is publishing its final issue on July 28. The beloved long-running monthly, which has been integral to U.K. rock and alternative scene, will cease publication after 34 years due to financial constraints caused by the coronavirus crisis.

“We’ve been a lean operation for all of my tenure, employing a variety of ways to help keep our head above water in an extremely challenging print market,” wrote editor Ted Kessler in his final Q editor’s letter. “Covid-19 wiped all that out. I must apologise profusely for my failure to keep Q afloat.”

Parent company Bauer Media listed Q for sale among several other titles in May, following a sharp decline in sales and advertising revenue during the pandemic.

The publishing industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, with layoffs and furloughs at media giants including Condé Nast; Bustle Digital Group, which shuttered millennial news site The Outline; Vox Media, which folded real estate blog into New York Magazine; and Playboy Enterprises, which ceased the print edition of Playboy.

Founded in 1986 by journalists Mark Ellen and David HepworthQ was known for its engaging longform features and greatest hits-style song and album lists. The upcoming final issue, titled “Adventures with legends,” compiles some of the magazine’s best interviews over its history, including with David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Prince. “Hopefully, these final issues will provide inspiration for someone canny enough to fill that huge Q-shaped hole on the newsstand,” Kessler wrote.

Coronavirus

Must Read

IMPALA Publishes 12-Point Diversity and Inclusion Charter for Indie Members

IMPALA, the pan-European independent music companies’ trade body, has adopted a 12-point diversity and inclusion charter. Published in full today (Oct. 21), the charter sets...

Contestant Sid Kingsley Brings ‘Power’ and ‘Soul’ to ‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions: Watch

Some guys earn their nicknames. Sid Kingsley, well he was born with his. The Branchville, Va. native stepped onto The Voice stage Tuesday (Oct. 20)...

Megan Thee Stallion, Gabby Barrett & More Top Contenders for Best New Artist Nods at 2021 Grammys

A total of 343 artists are on the entry list for best new artist at the 2021 Grammy Awards. That’s the list from which...

Watch ‘Voice’ Contestant Cami Clune Get a 4-Chair Turn With Her ‘Mesmerizing’ ‘Skinny Love’ Performance

When The Voice contestant Cami Clune named her hometown of Buffalo, New York after her audition got a four-chair turn on Tuesday night (Oct. 20),...

Here Are the Lyrics to Ava Max’s ‘Kings & Queens’

Ava Max raises a toast to all the “Kings & Queens” in her royal Billboard Hot 100 hit from her debut studio album Heaven &...