Music

The coolest things to see on GQ's Vero channel

From A-lister place, film and book recommendations to exclusive videos featuring the hottest artists of the moment, here's what to expect from the GQ Vero channel

Want to know where Kate Moss lunches in London, the book on Dave Grohl's nightstand, what TV show Dua Lipa loves, Mark Ronson's favourite London hotspot, the Loyle Carner-approved pasta joint or where The Vaccines' local pub is? Since launching our official partnership with next-gen social platform Vero in October 2017, we've been sharing unique recommendations like these every day, alongside exclusive content from high-profile celebrities and GQ Editors.

With a focus on music and its related culture, our Vero channel has become the home of #GQMusic as well as the ultimate tastemaker's cultural guide. We've been creating more music content than ever before, celebrating the best artists in the business from bonafide superstars to the brightest breakthroughs and emerging acts. And that’s not all. Last year, we created a new GQ Men Of The Year award - the Vero Breakthrough Artist Of The Year - which saw Jorja Smith pick up the prize, along with $50,000 from Vero to donate to music charity Nordoff Robbins. So why join us on Vero? Find out what you can expect from GQ's channel here...

The only recommendations you’ll ever need

Over the past two years, we’ve shared hundreds of recommendations from celebrities (and our Editors) covering music, film, TV and books using Vero’s unique post types. From our regular #GQBookClub slot, where musicians like Adam Lambert, Tove Lo, Dan Bastille, Krept & Konan, Rudimental and Goldie have shared what they've been reading, to the best blockbusters and boxsets watched by the likes of Dua Lipa, James Bay and Post Malone via the songs on Tom Misch, Labrinth and Common's playlists right now, there’s no end of inspiration on the GQ Vero channel. If you want to find out more about the music, book, TV and film recommendations you'll find there, then start with our catalogue of Vero-led columns, that run each Friday as part of GQ Hype, our digital weekly.

You can also say goodbye to travel guidebooks. Find Steve Aoki, and Martin Garrix’s favourite spots in Ibiza, the Jamaican beach Jay-Z fell in love with after Damian Marley took him there (as well as the dish to eat) or guides to New York City from the Martinez Brothers and legendary nightclub entrepreneur Amy Sacco. Then there’s the Washington DC breakfast place GoldLink always suggests to friends, or the best restaurants, pubs and cafes in London, suggested by various homegrown stars.

Insider access into the GQ Awards

The Vero Breakthrough Music Act category is back for the second-year running, where we'll honour one very special artist or band who has broken into the mainstream in the past 12 months at our annual ceremony on 3 September. And while we'll be bringing our Vero followers inside the 2019 addition, you can also head to our profile to get a refresher on last year's mega party and to see exclusive content courtesy of the 2018 winner Jorja Smith. Beyond that, there's a plethora of GQ Awards content celebrating the return of this cutting-edge category, from afterparty DJ Jodie Harsh's playlist (which you can listen to without ever leaving the app, thanks to the way Apple Music is integrated) to the best photos of musicians from our Men Of The Year archives via our guide to the best up and coming artists to find on Vero right now. After the awards, we'll be sharing exclusive content from the winner to GQ's channel, who will also be joining Vero themselves in honour of their win. And it's not just Men Of The Year, you can go inside all of GQ's events on our Vero channel, from the inaugural GQ Heroes summit back in May (where Vero's own CEO Ayman Hariri was a keynote speaker) to GQ's 30th birthday celebrations back in November.

Discover emerging talent

Although you’ll find a whole host of content from A-listers and long-established artists on the GQ Vero channel, since launching the partnership we’ve also platformed the most exciting rising artists in the music scene right now. Since launching GQ Hype, we've created our 'the firsts' regular, which sees us ask a different artist the same questions about their formative firsts each week, with all acts featured sharing their book, TV, film, music and place recommendations for our Vero feed. So far we've covered Mahalia, AJ Tracey, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Fender, Steel Banglez, Kojo Funds, Santi, Tom Walker and Mist to name just a few.

From GQ channel takeovers with Gorgon City, Tom Grennan and super-DJ Jonas Blue to video interviews with the likes of Radio 1 DJ Maya Jama and exclusive, unseen quotes from our interviews with cover stars like Dave Grohl and Dua Lipa, GQ has also covered acts as varied as Labrinth, GoldLink, The Internet's Matt Martians, S G Lewis, Jacob Banks, Jorja Smith, Kojey Radical, US country band Midland, Nigeria’s Burna Boy and the brightest British acts at Sonar Festival. Check out our favourites and become the tastemaker of your social circle.

GQ Videos on Vero

We regularly post specially-commisioned films you won’t find anywhere else, whether that’s collaborators like Bastille and Craig David or Martin Garrix and David Guetta playing games together or additional footage from interviews with the likes of Shawn Mendes and Steve Aoki. Expect to find themed mini-series, like when we ask artists about the first song they fell in love with as a child (think Sam Fender and Adam Lambert), or to describe their dream day off (see Raye and Tove Lo). We've also had Col3trane talk us through his tattoos, Mist showcase his stellar jewellery collection, Jesse Jo Stark take us around her tour bus and Yungen bring GQ's Vero followers along to Ibiza.

Go behind the scenes on GQ shoots

As well as red-carpet coverage from the biggest events in the music industry calendar (think: the MTV EMAs and the Brits, not to mention the GQ Men Of The Year Awards) we’ve also been sharing exclusive content from behind the scenes of our magazine shoots, including Kojey Radical, Mark Ronson, Mabel and Maya Jama. Since launching GQ Hype in December 2018, we've also been bringing exclusive insight from those shoots to Vero, from cover stars Loyle Carner and Matty Healy to an epic look behind the scenes at our video shoot with Kurupt FM, where the People Just Do Nothing stars came to GQ HQ for the day.

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