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ACM’s ability to set our students up for a prosperous career in the music industry has been unequivocally proven, with two ACM graduates winning gongs at this year’s Q Awards.

Matt Healy, the frontman and rhythm guitarist for The 1975, studied vocals at ACM before graduating in 2008, and the band pipped David Bowie, Coldplay, and Christine and the Queens to the post, winning the ‘Q Best Album’ award for their record ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’. Matt wasn’t able to collect his prize in person due to touring commitments, but the band sent a video message thanking all those who voted for them in this category, which was open to the public.

Bastille write and producer, Mark Crew, is another ACM alumni success story who was victorious on the night. Mark handled production on the Bastille track ‘Good Grief’ alongside the band’s lead singer, Dan Smith, and the song won the coveted ‘Q Best Track’ award, beating Catfish and the Bottlemen’s ‘Twice’, Biffy Clyro’s ‘Howl’, Skepta’s ‘Man’, and The 1975’s ‘Somebody Else’ to the honour.

The Q Awards ceremony was hosted by Absolute Radio DJ Christian O’Connell, and winners were cheered on by an excited audience, as it was the first time since the event launched in 1990 that members of the public have been able to attend, as well as music industry movers and shakers.

Matt and Mark were truly in good company on the night, with other winners including musical heavyweights U2, Muse, PJ Harvey, James Bay, Meat Loaf, MIA, Blondie, Madness, The Charlatans, Ray Davies, The Edge and Jack Garratt.

We’d like to offer our huge congratulations to both Matt and Mark. We couldn’t be more proud of their incredible achievements.

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