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Young Photographer of the Year 2020 Finalists Announced

Now in its fourth year, the Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition has welcomed thousands of entries since 2017 from emerging amateur talents aged 16-21.

For the 2020 edition, revered lensman Paul Harries took the time to judge the entries, picking out his six favourites. The winner will then have the chance to be mentored by Paul at an exclusive London photoshoot.

The next part of the competition is down to you. Pick YOUR favourite and help to crown this year’s Young Photographer of the Year.

THE FINALISTS

Sky Buerhaus
Martha Fitzpatrick
George Girvan
James Kay
Josh Leveridge
Dani Willgress

Paul Harries – known around the world for a portfolio bursting with iconic images of artists including Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Ghost, My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, Slipknot and countless more – said, “It’s a privilege to be asked to provide a short-list for the Young Photographer of the Year competition. I’m regularly asked for advice by budding young photographers so this is a great opportunity for me to edit for the most promising 16-21 year olds. I’m already looking forward to working with the winner on a shoot next year so I can offer advice, hopefully inspire, and perhaps share a few trade secrets.”

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The Young Photographer of the Year competition has become hugely popular since its inception in 2017, and the winner of 2018’s contest, Eleanor Sutcliffe, became a full member of the HMA19 photo team, shooting the red carpet attendees and winners.

Skillet by Sky Buerhaus

Dream State by Martha Fitzpatrick

Woes by George Girvan

The Dangerous Summer by James Kay

Yungblud with We Are One by Josh Leveridge

Yungblud by Dani Willgress

Dead Simple Accounting Signs Up for HMA20

Highly-regarded financial experts Dead Simple Accounting have partnered with the Heavy Music Awards for 2020 as an Official Supporter.

The Reading based firm works closely with musicians, creatives, freelancers and small businesses to take the hassle out of finances, with a client list that speaks for itself – including the likes of Architects, Sylosis, TesseracT, SikTh and more – offering a full range of services relevant to every corner of the music industry: self-assessment tax returns, book-keeping, VAT returns, company formation, year ends, payroll, forecasting… Even mortgages.

DSA’s Director James Clayton – otherwise seen as guitarist in The Arusha Accord – has a musical background which means his team understands such music-centric subjects as PRS royalties, merch splits, record advances, multiple revenue sources, touring and subsistence rates. He said, “Loud music and beer you say? Count us in! We’re stoked to be supporting the 2020 HMAs: a very important part of the music calendar.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “Obviously it can be easy to look at the show on stage and forget about the very real behind the scenes challenges facing everyone who works in the music industry. Quality accounting can be the difference between being able to make a tour work, record another album or simply keep tabs on cashflow, it’s that important. You don’t have to look far beyond Dead Simple Accounting’s client list and reviews to know that they’re one of the best in the game. We’re proud to welcome them to the HMAs for the first time in 2020.”

Find out more about Dead Simple Accounting at their website.

Ticketmaster Returns to Sponsor Best Festival at HMA20

Global ticketing giant Ticketmaster will partner with the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year, stepping up their involvement to act not only as Official Ticketing Partner, but also for the first time as sponsor of the Best Festival category.

Having been involved with the HMAs since 2018, this agreement sees a significant step up in support for the scheme, and will once again provide market-leading ticketing support for the event on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Bonita McKinney, Ticketmaster’s Business Development Manager – Music & Festivals, said, “From alt to prog and the heaviest of the heavy, metal and rock has always been massively important to us at Ticketmaster.

“This was our 16th year working with Download Festival and also saw us working with venues and promoters Fuel Rock Club, Sin City, Marshall Live and Damnation Festival to name a few. It really meant a lot to us when Slipknot got number one back in August as we’ve worked with their team for a while, and continue to champion heavy artists such as Black Futures, Holding Absence, Vukovi and Yungblud across our discovery platforms.

“We are really excited to be sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a third year, and look forward to celebrating the achievements of this loyal and passionate industry.”

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Dave Bradley said, “Ticketmaster have been a wonderful partner of the HMAs for a long time now, so it’s great to be welcoming them back in a significantly expanded role for 2020. Ticketmaster’s team are incredibly passionate about pushing the rock and metal cause on the biggest stage. It’s a real privilege to work alongside them for HMA20.”

 

 

The Best Festival category was won by Bloodstock Open Air in 2019 (pictured above), with Download Festival and Hellfest Open Air picking up the award in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Public voting for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards will open on 12 Feb 2020.

HMA Young Photographer of the Year Returns for 2020

The Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition is back for a fourth year to celebrate outstanding talent among young photographers in the rock and metal scene.

The 2020 edition will once again invite amateur photographers aged 16-21 to submit their images in the hope of snaring the prize. For 2020 we’re excited to announce that the winner will have the chance to be mentored by legendary rock lensman and HMA19 Best Photographer Paul Harries at an exclusive London photo shoot.

Paul will also be responsible for selecting the finalists, before the public is invited to cast their votes and decide the winner.

Paul Harries

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Babymetal and Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes – by Paul Harries

Paul Harries – known around the world for a portfolio bursting with iconic images of artists including Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Ghost, My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots, Blink-182, Slipknot and countless more – said, “It’s a privilege to be asked to provide a short-list for the Young Photographer of the Year competition. I’m regularly asked for advice by budding young photographers so this is a great opportunity for me to edit for the most promising 16-21 year olds. I’m already looking forward to working with the winner on a shoot next year so I can offer advice, hopefully inspire, and perhaps share a few trade secrets.”

Enter Shikari by Dan Mills

The winning shot from YPOTY 2019 – Enter Shikari by Dan Mills

The Young Photographer of the Year competition has become hugely popular since its inception in 2017, and the winner of 2018’s contest, Eleanor Sutcliffe, became a full member of the HMA19 photo team, shooting the red carpet attendees and winners.

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “YPOTY has become one of the most fun and exciting elements of the HMAs each year – the quality of the photographs we receive is astounding, and we’re incredibly proud to be able to offer this platform to those who will undoubtedly be at the vanguard of heavy music photography in years to come. Having Paul Harries involved for 2020, a genuine legend of the scene, is a real honour.”

Entry for YPOTY20 is open now this location.

For 2020, entrants are asked to submit two photos.

To be eligible, you must be aged 16 to 21 on the date entry closes – 18 December 2019.

Finalists will be announced on 20 January 2020, when public voting will also open. The vote will close on 31 January 2020. The winner will be announced 5 February 2020.

Young Photographer of the Year 2020

Heavy Music Awards Moves to May for 2020, Returns to O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Heavy Music Awards will move to May for its fourth annual celebration, returning once again to London’s 2,300 capacity O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Having taken place in late August from 2017 to 2019, the event is now situated at the front end of the European festival season, and closer to the previous calendar year which forms the basic criteria for entry.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “HMA19 was a huge success at the O2 Forum – the entire team is superb and the venue worked perfectly for the Heavy Music Awards. We’re excited to return to Kentish Town with some great new additions to the day to create an even more memorable event for attendees, and even more value for our amazing sponsors and supporters.”

With the new timetable, the nominations and public voting process will now take place much earlier in the year. Exact dates – as well as the line-up for HMA20 and details of the Young Photographer of the Year 2020 competition – will be announced in due course.

 


 

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Heavy Music Awards 2019 Winners Announced

The winners of the third annual Heavy Music Awards have been announced at a packed O2 Forum Kentish Town, hosted by Laura Jane Grace alongside live performances by Cancer Bats, Loathe, Nova Twins and Delaire The Liar.

Following wins at both HMA17 and HMA18, Architects continued their run with two awards here – the first time any winner has picked up multiple awards at the same HMAs. The Brighton act picked up Best Album for ‘Holy Hell’, as well as Best Live Band.

Australian heavyweights Parkway Drive picked up Best International Band, capping off a summer that saw them smash a headline performance at first-time Best Festival winners Bloodstock Open Air.

Elsewhere, Best UK Band was taken out by Bring Me The Horizon in the year they topped the All Points East line-up and celebrated a number one album in ‘amo’, while Dream State picked up Best UK Breakthrough Band.

HMA18 headliners Fever 333 won Best International Breakthrough Band, Ghost won Best Album Artwork for the second time in three years thanks to Zbigniew M. Bielak’s work on ‘Prequelle’, legendary snapper Paul Harries won Best Photographer, and Dan Weller picked up Best Producer.

Finally, the hugely popular Dixon family received The H for their services to the heavy music scene. The family are revered on the live circuit for selflessly offering accommodation to bands touring the north east for many years.

 


 

Heavy Music Awards 2019: The Winners

Best AlbumPresented by EMP
Architects – Holy Hell
Epitaph Records, Produced by Josh Middleton and Dan Searle

Best UK Band – Presented by Spotify
Bring Me The Horizon
RCA Records

Best International BandPresented by The Pit
Parkway Drive
Epitaph Records

Best Live BandPresented by O2 Forum Kentish Town
Architects
Epitaph Records

Best UK Breakthrough BandPresented by Believe
Dream State
UNFD

Best International Breakthrough BandPresented by Fireball
Fever 333
Roadrunner Records

Best Festival
Bloodstock Open Air

Best Photographer
Paul Harries

Best ProducerPresented by Allianz Musical Insurance
Dan Weller

The H
The Dixon Family

 


 

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Behind The Desk with Allianz Musical Insurance: Dan Weller

As part of our series of interviews with producers in partnership with Allianz Musical Insurance – sponsors of the HMA19 Best Producer category – we are discussing career highlights, studio set-up and great advice with some of the finest producers operating in rock and metal today.

For the third edition, we’re talking to Dan Weller. Based primarily in London, Dan is also known as member of SikTh and has produced releases by the likes of Enter Shikari, Young Guns, Dream State, Bury Tomorrow, Babymetal and many more.


What studio are you based at?
For many years I had my own places in London. These days I travel for most of my work. However, when I’m writing a work at my publishers (Bucks Music) studio in Chalk Farm, London.

Could you give us an overview of your career?
My route into production was via forming a band (SikTh) in 2000. We signed a record deal and had the pleasure of visiting some amazing studios. I became obsessed with recording and never looked back. Along with Justin (one of the sikth vocalists) we set up a business where we travelled to bands’ homes recording them. We cut our teeth by working cheaply and frequently – sleeping on floors and learning on the job. Eventually we were getting enough work that we set up a studio in Old Street, London and both took on our own work separately.

What have you been working on in 2019?
Dream State debut album which is amazing. A band called North Atlas from Glasgow, and co-writing/producing an artist from Nashville called Jeffrey James.

What has been the proudest moment of your career as a producer?
I would say Bones by Young Guns going active number one in the US. We had worked together from the very start so it was special to see them rise to notoriety in America.

What would you say are the pros and cons of owning your own studio?
Pros: It looks great to clients, enables you to make the acoustics your own etc.
Cons: If you travel a lot it’s just a massive waste of money and sits gathering dust.

 

 

What do you see as the biggest pitfalls when starting out as a producer?
In the current climate it would be the massively competitive nature of it all. Everyone is selling themselves far too much. Focusing on your own skills and staying in the real world as much as possible is key – try not to get sucked into being a name on the internet. Meet people as much as possible.

What has been the most important technological advance you’ve seen in production since you started out?
The fusion of the internet. We used to have to post CDs 🙂 now we can upload files, Skype bands, order parts from Amazon… Completely changed the game. Yes – I now feel very old.

How important is it to insure your equipment? Have you ever had to deal with theft or damage that required an insurance claim?
I’ve never owned huge amounts but the little I do own I have always insured. Luckily, I’ve never suffered a theft.

What is the best piece of production advice anyone has ever given you?
Colin Richardson once told me that I had a “producer’s ear” and that I should pursue a career. I’m sure he was just being polite but I took it in and used it as motivation.

Finally, what one prediction would you make for music production in the next 10 years?
I have absolutely no idea. But people will always want to make music.


You can find out more about Dan on his website.

And you can find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance, sponsors of the HMA19 Best Producer category, at their website.

Cancer Bats Set to Headline Heavy Music Awards 2019, Laura Jane Grace to Host

Canadian punk heroes Cancer Bats are set to headline the third annual Heavy Music Awards at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, London on Thursday 22 August 2019.

Liverpool’s Loathe will support, alongside the genre-destroying Nova Twins, with punk duo Delaire The Liar opening proceedings. All four acts will be performing full sets, between the presentation of the Heavy Music Awards themselves.

In addition, we are immensely proud to welcome the legend that is Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace as host for the evening.

Tickets are available via a random ballot to HMA19 voters. If you’ve missed out, look out for competitions in the run-up to the awards for further chances to win.

The Heavy Music Awards 2019 are supported by our headline sponsor EMP.

 

Heavy Music Awards 2019

 

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PPL Becomes Official Music Licensing Partner of HMA19

Music licensing organisation PPL is sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year, becoming the Official Music Licensing Partner of HMA19.

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Member Services at PPL, said, “Rock music has produced some of the most iconic recordings of all time, evolving over the years and pushing creative boundaries. It is also an important genre for PPL and continues to provide a significant contribution to our music industry’s success at home and abroad. We are honoured to support an event that showcases its foremost talents, and wish everyone shortlisted the best of luck.

PPL has become increasingly important to the industry as it works tirelessly to collect money for tens of thousands of performers and record companies, and this partnership geared towards helping those who may be missing out on what’s rightfully there’s by focusing on exactly what PPL does, and how.

Founded in 1934, the company licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public or broadcast and ensures that revenue flows back to its members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.

Co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Dave Bradley, said, “It is wonderful to be welcoming PPL back to the HMAs for a third year, we are excited that we will be working alongside PPL’s incredible, passionate team once again to help spread the word about the very important work they do. Simply learning about what PPL does is compelling enough, so helping artists and record labels recover funds that they didn’t know they were due is a huge added bonus! We can’t wait to get started.”

Click here for more information about PPL.

Palaye Royale to Play Intimate Heavy Music Awards Charity Show in Aid of Nordoff Robbins

Indisputably one of the most exciting bands in rock right now, Canadian trio Palaye Royale are set to play a one-off, intimate charity show at London’s famous Borderline in aid of music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, presented by the Heavy Music Awards.

The show will take place on Monday 17 June 2019, with support from fast-rising UK act Black Futures.

Tickets will go on sale at 9am Thursday 6 June via Ticketweb priced at £20. All proceeds will be donated to Nordoff Robbins.

 

Palaye Royale - Nordoff Robbins

 

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We are so proud to be working alongside Nordoff Robbins for this year’s Heavy Music Awards, and we could not be more excited to have Palaye Royale on-board to help raise awareness of this inspiring charity’s work, and obviously to play what will be a crazy show in such an intimate setting. We’d like to express our sincerest gratitude to the band and their team for making this happen.”

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to enriching the lives of people affected by life-limiting illness, disability or isolation. They support thousands of people through their own centres and by working in partnership with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.

In the hands of a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs. It can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide comfort for someone facing a terminal illness.

Their music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them. Their music therapists are trained to work flexibly in a range of settings with people of all ages, responding to their specific needs to evoke positive change.

You can find out more about Nordoff Robbins on their website here.

 

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