Heavy Music Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Heavy Music Awards 2017 have been announced.

Following an intensive period of voting by more than 300 of the music industry’s leading lights, the final seven for each category at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards have been unveiled.

Spread across ten categories, the finalists represent the heavy music industry’s favourite artists, albums, album covers, photographers, producers, venues and festivals for the calendar year of 2016 – taking in everything from undisputed heavyweights to the very freshest artists on the scene.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are so excited to see that the industry has produced shortlists that span the vast breadth of the heavy music landscape.

“Beyond the seven finalists in each category, the judges produced a staggeringly comprehensive list of nominees – almost 150 individuals were nominated for Best Photographer, while a similar number were put forward for Best Producer. A huge testament to the strength in depth currently on offer across this amazing scene.

“Rock and metal fans are among the most loyal and well-informed music lovers on the planet, so it comes as no surprise to see such an eclectic mix of the absolute highest quality. Every one of these finalists would be a worthy winner – but it’s up to the public to decide who that should be!”



The HMA17 Finalists

BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise / Producer: Matt Hyde)
Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph / Producer: Will Putney)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner / Producer: Joe Duplantier)
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Blackened / Producer: Greg Fidelman)
Oathbreaker – Rheia (Deathwish / Producer: Jack Shirley)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (Vagrant / Producer: Eric Palmquist)

BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
Architects (Epitaph)
Biffy Clyro (Warner)
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Sabbath (Vertigo)
Bring Me The Horizon (Columbia)
Creeper (Roadrunner)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)

A Day To Remember (ADTR)
Beartooth (Red Bull)
Deftones (Reprise)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)
Metallica (Blackened)

BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Architects (Epitaph)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (Party Smasher)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph)
Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well (Universal)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise)
Ghost – Popestar (Loma Vista)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner)
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
Opeth – Sorceress (Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast)

Tom Dalgety
John Feldmann
Greg Fidelman
Matt Hyde
Dan Lancaster
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
Will Putney

Tom Barnes
Corrine Cumming
Ben Gibson
Ross Halfin
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
John McMurtrie

2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
ArcTanGent, Compton Martin
Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
Desertfest, London
Download Festival, Donington
Reading & Leeds Festival
Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham / Hatfield / Leeds

Black Heart, Camden
The Dome, Tufnell Park
KOKO, Camden
O2 Academy, Brixton
O2 Forum, Kentish Town
Rock City, Nottingham
The Underworld, Camden



The Heavy Music Awards 2017 will take place on 24 August at House of Vans London.


Voting closes 5pm, 30 June 2017.

UPRAWR Sponsors Best UK Band at HMA17

The Best UK Band Award at the HMAs is to be sponsored by one of Europe’s leading rock clubs, UPRAWR.

Alongside the “infamous” Birmingham nightclub, UPRAWR regularly host parties at leading festivals including Download and Slam Dunk.

They also host after parties, opening parties and VIP events for festivals and brands such as Warped Tour and will run the official after party for the Heavy Music Awards at House of Vans London on August 24.

Total UPRAWR – the parent company founded seven years ago – also runs an internationally renowned publishing company (UPRAWR Publishing) and 5* rehearsal studios at their Birmingham venue.

UPRAWR studios are a reincarnation of the prestigious Madhouse rehearsals and boasts 12 fully equipped studios a fully stocked licensed bar and coffee shop.

Also part of the Total UPRAWR estate is The Asylum, a live music venue which regular hosts bands across the heavy music scene.

Jack Daniel, co-founder of Total UPRAWR, said: “Total UPRAWR is extremely excited to be a part of the first ever HMAs.

“Over the last seven years we’ve championed a long list of British bands through our club nights all over the UK.

“Now having launched UPRAWR Rehearsal Studios and UPRAWR Music Publishing, we’re seeing bands careers develop from their first practice to signing record and publishing deals.

“Sponsoring the ‘Best UK Band Award’ feels like a great way for us to continue backing the fantastic heavy music we’ve seen develop since launching seven years ago.”

Dave Bradley of the Heavy Music Awards said: “We’re so pleased to have UPRAWR involved with the HMAs as sponsor and running the official After Party.

“UPRAWR events are a total experience, not just a another club night, brilliant!”

Find out more at https://totaluprawr.com

Best Live Band to be Sponsored by Eagle Rock

Grammy Award-winning international music film producer Eagle Rock Entertainment is to sponsor the Best Live Band category at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Over 20 years the organisation has made and distributed films for a host of music heavyweights including The Rolling Stones, Queen, Sir Paul McCartney and U2.

Based in London, the company also counts Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Slipknot and Metallica among it film credits.

Eagle Rock – which is part of Universal Music Group – also operates two record labels namely Eagle Records and Armoury Records and in 2010 it won a Grammy Award for The Doors documentary, When You’re Strange.

Through its DVD releases of live performances and documentaries it has amassed no less than 38 multi-platinum awards, 50 platinum awards and 100 gold awards.

Eagle Rock’s Helen Buffett said, “Over the years Eagle Rock has worked with the biggest legends in Rock from Alice Cooper to the Rolling Stones.

“To continue this journey Eagle Rock have some exciting new titles to be announced, very soon.

“We are honoured to be involved in the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.”

She added, “We are passionate about live music and our aim is to celebrate artistic talent on-stage, while also allowing access for fans across the globe to experience these legendary live performances. For this reason we are delighted to be sponsoring ‘Best Live Band’.”

Co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Andy Pritchard, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Eagle Rock into the HMAs.

“For two decades they have been producing concert films and documentaries for some of the most legendary heavy music artists and bands ever and we’re very proud to offer a platform to promote and celebrate such a great collection of musicians and performances.”

To check out Eagle Rock’s current range of DVD, Blu-Ray and digital concert films and documentaries, visit eagle-rock.com.

Cloven Hoof Rum Partners With HMA17

The Heavy Music Awards is delighted to raise a glass to Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum, an official Drinks Partner for the event.

Imported from Guyana and Trinidad and blended with a secret concoction of natural spices, Cloven Hoof is a new spirit created by “a bunch of rebels and renegades from Sussex who love rum and drinking with good mates”.

Paul Stanley, the main behind Cloven Hoof Spice Rum, said: “We are honoured and immensely excited to be an official partner of the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.

“The voting system is the best out there, with no politics and the fans having the final say.

“There is so much synergy with our ethos and this event we simply had to commit to.

“Cloven Hoof was born out of a passion for the rock and metal scene, not just the music, but the imagery, the people, and the spirit of a festival.

“We don’t do corporate and main stream events, so the Heavy Music Awards gives us a great chance to raise a glass with our own people, the real music fans, and crucially to celebrate the achievements of proper bands …….. we can’t wait to Raise The Hoof!”

EMP Headline Sponsor of Heavy Music Awards 2017

Rock and metal merchandise company, EMP, has been confirmed as Headline Sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Described as “Europe’s leading multi-channel retailer of music and entertainment-inspired apparel and accessories”, EMP will present the award for Best Album at the inaugural HMAs on August 24 at House of Vans London.

Having become a regular fixture across the heavy music landscape both in the retail and the live music arena, EMP will now enjoy exposure at the event, through the HMAs’ rapidly expanding online audience, and via the extensive television coverage on Sky channel 367 thanks to our Broadcast Partner, Scuzz.

EMP’s Ajay Nassa said: “As Europe’s number one retailer of rock and metal merchandise, EMP is a natural fit to partner with the Heavy Music Awards.

“Founded over 30 years ago in Lingen, Germany by a group of die-hard rock and metal fans, we now operate in 18 countries across Europe, with more than 11,000 pieces of band merchandise available, including hundreds of exclusive items unavailable anywhere else.

“Sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards is a chance for EMP to engage with its fans and celebrate the talent and diversity of the metal world and its importance within the music industry.”

You can explore EMP’s Online Store at this location.

House of Vans London to Host Heavy Music Awards 2017

House of Vans London has been unveiled as the venue for the first Heavy Music Awards on August 24.

Just months after the intimate Metallica: Hardwired At House Of Vans show, the unique 30,000 square foot labyrinth beneath Waterloo station, will play host to the inaugural HMAs.

The space – which boasts a main stage, art gallery, cinema and skate bowl, mini ramp and street course – will welcome 800 guests for the big night.

House of Vans London opened in 2014 and has since hosted some of the most exciting names in rock and metal including Bring Me The Horizon, Slaves, Turbonegro, Cancer Bats and Foo Fighters.


Metallica at House of Vans London


It regularly hosts modern art exhibitions, creative workshops, film screenings, gigs, boasts the UK Vans Skate Team and provides a platform for street culture and fashion.

In addition, House of Vans will sponsor the Best Breakthrough Act category at the HMAs – underlining Vans’ commitment to promoting new music.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “House of Vans is hugely excited to host the first ever Heavy Music Awards. Music and creativity is deeply-rooted in the Vans and House of Vans identity and we are delighted to support in this way.”

The House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives. It’s a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs, rolls, or stomps through its door. Located in Brooklyn, New York and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us.

Find out more about House of Vans London here: houseofvanslondon.com

The Heavy Music Awards 2017 is an invitation-only event. Stay tuned for details of how you can win the chance to attend.


HMA Judging Panel Triples In Size, Surpasses 300

The number of judges at the Heavy Music Awards has exploded to 308, with WWE superstar Chris Jericho among the latest to get involved.

This week a further 203 individuals from a huge range of globally-renowned organisations signed up to nominate their picks across ten categories at the first Heavy Music Awards.

Joining a list that had already been described as “a who’s who of heavy music”, the new additions represent the likes of Parlophone, Shazam, Universal, Earache, X-Ray, Punktastic, Ticketmaster, AEG, CAA, Live Nation France, The O2, The Lad Bible, Eleven Seven, Sony Music, Groezrock, Uprawr, Red Bull Records, ADA, KROQ, EMP, Kerrang! TV, Century Media, LD Communications, ITB, Songkick, Hopeless Records, Gibson Guitars, Impericon, Association of Independent Festivals, Twickets, Jackson Guitars, Coda, Mascot Label Group, Avocado Booking and many, many more.

The panel is currently casting votes to decide the finalists of the HMAs, before the public votes to pick winners. The event itself will take place in London on August 24.

Atlantic Records’ Chris Ruff, known for his work with Halestorm, Shinedown and Paramore, and another esteemed member of the HMAs judging panel, said: “It’s a pleasure to be asked to be involved in the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.

“Heavy music shapes the vast majority of my listening habits, and I’m looking forward to helping celebrate the immeasurable impact of heavy music both past and present.”

Dave Bradley, co-founder of the HMAs, revealed that he had been “staggered” by the heavy music industry’s reaction to the Awards.

He said: “This new announcement of additional judges once again underlines our absolute determination to create a truly democratic panel.

“In the same way a film fan can trust the Oscars to present a shortlist of unerring quality, we want everyone – even someone who is totally unfamiliar with heavy music – to be able to take it for granted that any finalist at the HMAs is operating at an extremely high level. A judging panel of several hundred goes a long way to guaranteeing that.”



Heavy Music Awards – The New Judges

Jessica Acreman, Universal Music Group
Mark Adams, Kerrang! TV
Matt Akana, Century Media Records
Haaris Bambi Ali, Public City PR
Mark Andrews, Pro Wrestler
Tim Bailey, MJR Group
Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
David Ball, CAA
Emma Banks, CAA
Adam Bantz, Global Production Management
Si Barbour-Brown, Sharper Group
Duff Battye, Duff Press
Will Beardmore, Warner Music
Jim Beerman, TotalRock
Olivier Behzadi, Gibson Guitars
Luke Bell, Freelance
Simon Binns, The Lad Bible
Ajay Bisset, Designer
Ben Bowers, Tour Manager
Derek Brewer, The Manifest Group
Mercedes Brown, Sony Music
Renae Brown, Association of Independent Festivals
Tom Brumpton, Polymath PR
Roberto Bua, Twickets
Adam Thomas Bulleid, Universal Music Group
Lee Burgess, Thirty Century Management
Ian Camfield, Alt AZ 93.3
Barry Campbell, JABA Music
George Cappellini Jr, G&G Management
George Cappellini Sr, G&G Management
Jamie Carter, Warner Music
James Cassidy, JABA Music
Damien Chamard Boudet, Live Nation France / Download Festival (Paris)
Arun Chamba, Shazam
Peu Cheung, ADA / Warner Music (UK)
Donnay Clancy, The Noise Cartel
Nathan Clark, Complete Tours
Hayley Clarke, Somethin’ Else
Mel Clarke, DJ / Model
Andy Clayton, Coda Agency
Hayley Codd, Public City PR
Ian Collins, Ian Collins Photography
Natalie Conway, High Road Publicity
Jordan Cooper, Moth Lights
Jenny Cotter, The Noise Cartel
Corinne Cumming, Captured By Corinne
Christian D’Acuña, The O2
Tom Dark, Warner Music
Smiley Dave, DJ / Presenter
Ben Davis, Ben Davis Touring
Emma Davis, CAA
Jack Davis, Uprawr
Thea de Gallier, Freelance
Filipe de Melo, Tour Manager / Sound Engineer
Andrew Dex, Stencil Magazine
Romesh Dodangoda, Producer
James Lee Dowell, Pro Wrestler
Tom Doyle, Freelance
Jenny Entwistle, Chuff Media
Aislinn Fairbanks, Fairbanks Endorsements
Shaun Faulkner, X-Ray Touring
Matt Feldman, Iron Management
Lewis Felstead, Uprawr
Kieron Fensome, GuitarGuitar
Edward Fenwick, Firebrand
Karen Fossey, ITB
Callum Galbraith, Universal Music Group
James Gall, Fire and Air
Simon Gallacher, Braveheart Production & Touring
Anthony Giannaccini, Wilful Publicity
James Gilby, UHub
Kris Gill, Photographer
Hannah Gillicker, Hold Tight PR
Sian Hainsworth, Freelance
Joshua James Halling, Photographer
Mike Hamer, KOKO
Kamran Haq, CMH Live
Sara Harding, Silver Bullet Entertainment
Dan Hardingham, Earache Records
Mark Haskins, Pro Wrestler
Jimmy Havoc, Pro Wrestler
Jo Headland, Freelance
Lucy Hellings, Earache Records
Mike Helmsley, Pledge Music
Fergal Holmes, Factory Music
Jessica Hope Bridgeman, Freelance
Dan Hudson, Freelance
Matthew Hughes, Devil PR
Gus Hully, Official Charts Company
Alex Irons, TotalRock
James Isaacs, Blackfinch Design
Mark James, Devil PR
Mike James, TotalRock
Martin Jarvis, Fresh Start Management & Agency
Josh Javor, X-Ray Touring
Chris Jericho, WWE
Bob Johnsen, 5B Artist Management
Ian Johnsen, Thirty Century Management
Jrock, Freelance
Jan-Philip Katzbach, Wizard Promotions
Adrian Kelly, NMA Management
Sam Kelly-Wallace, Jackson Guitars / Charvel Guitars
Jo Kendall, Freelance
Joe Kettle, Red Bull Records
Tina Korhonen, Photographer
Gary Lancaster, Eleven Seven Music
Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer / The Guardian
Christopher Lee, Punktastic
Michele Livings, TotalRock
Luke Logemann, Unified
John Longbottom, Freelance
Danny Lovett, Firebrand
Tori Lucion, Raging Demon Entertainment
Tom Lynam, Tone Management
Hans Maes, Groezrock Festival
Libby Maguire, LD Communications
Xander Mahony, TotalRock
Bex Majors, UTA
Mike Marques, Photographer
Steve Marsh, Mascot Label Group
Lais Martins Waring, LD Communications
Matt Mason, TotalRock
Stooart May, Face Down
Rob McDermott, Mad Mac Entertainment
Alex McGinnis, 10 and 8 Management
Jason McGuire, Hard Rock Hell Radio
Jack McGurran, Rocket Music
Lynsey McKay, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Mekk Menne, Avocado Booking
Mike Milford, Rise Records
Emma Milzani, Academy Events
Laura Moat, ADA
Tijs Mondalaers, Groezrock Festival
Jim Morewood, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Adam Mott, AJM Management
Joe Naan, Live Nation
Ant Niinemäe, Criminal Damage
Jeppe Nissen, Live Nation Denmark / Copenhell Festival
Lauren Novik, KROQ
Eliza-Jane Oliver, AEG Presents
Drew Omrod, Drew Paul Photography
Jamie Osman, Red Light Management
Angela Owen, Devil PR
Jack Parker, All Things Loud
Ben Patashnik, Unified
Dom Patience, Chalk Ink
Tom Pennington, AEG Presents
Ryan Penty, Coda Agency
Josh Phillips, Warner Music
Nathan Barley Phillips, Basick Records / Hold Tight PR / Association of Independent Music
Thomas Pieper, Continental Concerts
Lee Puddefoot, Mascot Label Group
Dave Rajan, Parlophone
Mark Rawlings, EMP
Lauren Reading-Gloversmith, Inception Press & Management
Leander Reading-Gloversmith, KMGMT
Sue Reinhardt, Eleven Seven Music
Ian Rendall, All About Live
Josh Retallick, Old Empire
Sarika Joanna Rice, Old Empire / Desertfest
Andy Richardson, Factory Music
Simon Robinson, Tour Manager
Erik Ron, Producer
Zoya Rossi, DHP
Ollie Route, Scuzz TV
Daniel Rubin, Element 1 Music
Sean Ryman, Academy Events
Tina Saul, TotalRock
Adam Saunders, X-Ray Touring
Chloe Scannapieco, Freelance
Iain Scott, The Dome / Boston Music Room
Kennerdeigh Scott, Kennerdeigh Scott Photography
Ed Sellers, Primary Talent International
Curtis Sharkey, LD Communications
Amit Sharma, Freelance
Daniel Shepard, Live Nation
Paul Shuff, Freelance
Navrin Sidhu, Hopeless Records
Phoebe Sinclair, Warner Music
Jim Smallman, Progress Wrestling
Tom Stabb, Sony Music
Yerry Stetter, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Matt Stocks, Life In The Stocks
Nick Storch, Artist Group International
Adrian Storry, DJ / Promoter
Steve Strange, X-Ray Touring
Max Such, Freelance
Beckie Sugden, X-Ray Touring
Trevor Swenson, Artery Global
Ben Tipple, Ticketmaster Blog
Dan Tobin, Earache Records
Darren Toms, Spinefarm Records
Paul Towers, Impericon
Sarah Valentine, Nuclear Blast
Ted Wakefield, Tour Manager
Jen Walker, Freelance
Marco Walzel, Avocado Booking
Ben Ward, UTA
Seven Webster, 7PM Management
Dean Whittaker, Imperial Music
Becky Williams, LD Communications
Tony Wilson, TotalRock
Michelle Wood, Songkick



Click here to take a look at the full panel.

Heavy Music Awards Agree TV Deal with Scuzz

The first Heavy Music Awards is to be televised following the appointment of Scuzz as ‘Broadcast Partner’ for the event.

Celebrating its 14th year this month, the Sony-owned channel has signed up to air the first HMAs on August 24, and will build up to the event in London with a series of one-hour finalist’s shows.

Alex Herron, Senior Channel Manager at Sony Pictures Entertainment, has worked in music TV for over ten years producing music artist content and overseeing several channels including Scuzz.

“It’s great to see an independent initiative such as the HMAs added to the rock eco-system,” he revealed.

“An event like this is only going to reinforce, promote and champion a genre which deserves more attention here in the UK. It’s an honour to be involved in the maiden event.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard says teaming up with Scuzz will bring the Awards straight to true fans across the UK.

He added: “The HMAs team has worked hard to build a judging panel of over 100 industry heavyweights that offers a true cross-section of heavy music in 2017 – but the winners are ultimately going to be decided by the fans, and that is what makes the HMAs such an exciting journey.

“This partnership with Scuzz will give viewers a timely reminder of the finalists, in addition to the best of the action from the big night on the UK’s finest heavy music TV station. Everyone involved with the scheme stands to benefit from the huge exposure offered by this deal.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Scuzz on-board with the HMAs.”

You can find out more about Scuzz at their Facebook page.

HMAs Judging Panel Smashes One Hundred

A further 29 heavyweights from across the global music industry have signed up to judge the HMAs.

Following three previous announcements, the panel now totals 105 with the inclusion of individuals from the likes of Marshall Amplification, Atlantic Records and Warner Music, as well as Nuclear Blast USA’s hugely respected leader Monte Conner – a man Metalsucks has named “the most successful A&R dude in the history of metal.”

The new group of industry insiders – who will independently cast votes to decide the finalists of of the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – represent an eclectic view of the scene.

Joel McIver, the author of the best-selling book Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica has also agreed to take part, as has Chris Ruff of Atlantic Records.

Following the selection of finalists by the judges, public voting will open on May 22 across all categories including Best Album, Best UK Band, Best International Band and Best Festival.

A public vote will decide the winners of the Heavy Music Awards, which takes place in London on August 24.

Promotions Manager at Nuclear Blast Records, Nick Azinas, who joined the Awards this week, said: “I am very honoured to be a part of the Heavy Music Awards’ first edition. It’s inspiring to have an initiative such as this one, which aims to celebrate the best in metal and rock music, regardless of whether it’s on stage or off stage. It not only benefits the bands and the industry, but most of all it benefits the fans, giving them a loud voice within the scene that they’ve created and sustained for so many decades.”

Caleb Williams, Artist Manager at Unified who signed up earlier last month, explained is motivation for becoming an HMA judge.

“I’m very excited to be involved in the inaugural Heavy Music awards,” he revealed.

“It’s a thrill to be able to represent Australia (or the convicts) in the first year of this independently voted awards. It’s a great idea and I look forward to seeing everybody that has been involved in putting this together on the night.”


Nick Azinas (Nuclear Blast UK)
Oleg Bounetsky (Believe Digital)
Monte Conner (Nuclear Blast Entertainment)
Judith Fisher (BJF Media & PR)
Lisa Fox (Rage PR)
Drew Fulk aka WZRD BLD (Producer)
Jamie Giberti (Rock Sins)
Rob Gill (Eagle Rock USA)
Chris Haaland (Warner Music UK)
Claire Harris (Nuclear Blast UK)
Daniel Holub (Make North)
James Illsley (Saviour Management)
Leigh Jones (Riff Rock Records)
Becky Laverty (Pioneer Music Press)
Joel McIver (Author and Journalist)
Jon Mahon (DJ)
James Monteith (Hold Tight PR)
Oran O’Beirne (Overdrive)
Lailah O’Donnell (Spinefarm Records)
Katherine Parrott (Creative Kapers)
Iain Purdie (Moshville Times)
Laura Richardson (Generation Entertainment)
Zach Redrup (Dead Press)
Chris Robinson (Marshall Amplification)
Chris Ruff (Atlantic Records)
Russ Russell (Producer)
Morgan Thomas (Moshing On My Own)
Tanya Traish (Heavy Ritual Records)
Nicola Mary Wyatt (Parliament Tattoo)

Take a look at the full judging line-up here.

HMAs Appoint BIMM as Education Partner

Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education has joined up with the Heavy Music Awards.

The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, known internationally as BIMM, has signed up as ‘Education Partner’ of the Awards.

Students of the school will be offered the opportunity to get involved behind the scenes at the Heavy Music Awards which takes place on August 24 in London.

BIMM offers courses in music performance, song writing, production, business and journalism and has strong ties with the heavy music scene.

It has colleges in seven cities – London, Berlin, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton and Birmingham – and boasts more than 50 years’ experience in helping students launch successful careers in the music industry.

Their high standard of educational provision has been commended by the Quality Assurance Agency – the independent body entrusted with monitoring standards in Higher Education – in their Higher Education Review (HER).

Former students of BIMM include members of Architects, Periphery, The Xcerts and As Lions.

Speaking about the organisation, Roger Daltrey of The Who, remarked “Every facet is taken care of, you’ll always be able to survive in this business if you’ve been through a course like this.”

Leo Nicholas, Head of Industry Liaison and Careers at BIMM said: “Partnering with the Heavy Music Awards is testament to BIMM’s rounded attitude to genre, offering students from a multitude of musical backgrounds and preferences, a place to hone their craft. Standing shoulder to shoulder with these publicly-voted awards, dedicated to all things HEAVY, couldn’t exemplify this more!”

Andy Pritchard, from the HMAs, waxed lyrical about the new connection between BIMM and the Awards.

“This is beginning of a great new partnership between two organisations who share ethics,” he revealed.

“An important part of the Awards’ ethos is to support upcoming artists, bands, producers and songwriters in the heavy music scene and this chimes perfectly with BIMM’s rich history of nurturing great talent.”

BIMM offers a broad range of Higher and Further Education music courses – including BA Honours Degrees, nationally accredited Diplomas and Postgraduate Teaching Certificates.

Their professional highly vocational and real-world courses include studies in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, music production, live sound, music business, music journalism and event management.

The first BIMM college opened in 2001 in Brighton and today more than 6,500 students have access to a range of amazing opportunities as part of their aligned network of colleges.

Between them, BIMM alumni boast Brit, MOBO and Ivor Novello awards, and have scored countless UK Top 10 albums and more than 30 UK Top 40 singles.

You can find out more about BIMM here.

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