Kasabian have been awarded ‘Best Live Act’ and ‘Best Act in the World’ at this year’s Q awards, in spite of tough competition from the favourite Kate Bush – hotly tipped after her successful run of London shows.

Wilko Johnson, guitarist for Dr Feelgood, was also recognised on the night as a ‘Q Icon’, while best album went to Elbow’s ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’.

Songwriters Paulo Nutini and Sam Smith were given best track (‘Iron Sky’) and best new act respectively, while Ed Sheeran was named best solo artist.