Spotify Partner with Heavy Music Awards

Streaming giant Spotify are now confirmed to sponsor the Best UK Band category at the third annual Heavy Music Awards.

Since Spotify’s launch in 2008, the audio streaming platform has championed both emerging and established artists across all corners of the heavy music spectrum. The platform has helped to grow audiences for thousands of artists and sponsoring this category at the Heavy Music Awards further demonstrates their commitment to the genre.

Heavy Music Awards co-founders Dave Bradley and Andy Pritchard expressed their excitement for the partnership which adds significant distinction to the category.

Dave said, “Last year, it meant a lot to us that Spotify’s Global Head of Rock, Allison Hagendorf, was able to attend to present an award at HMA18. This year, to grow the relationship with an official category sponsorship is all the more exciting.”

Spotify’s Bryan Johnson, Lead, Artist & Industry Partnerships said, “We’re delighted to team up with the Heavy Music Awards this year and sponsor the Best UK Band category – our first official partnership with the awards. The UK scene is in an incredibly exciting place right now and we can’t wait to see who takes the prize on the night. Good luck to all nominees!”

The Best UK Band category has been one of the most fiercely contested since the Heavy Music Awards began. Previous winners have been Black Sabbath in 2017, and Architects in 2018.

Moshhh Becomes Official Content Partner for HMA19

Kent media studio Moshhh has signed up to become the Official Content Partner for the third annual Heavy Music Awards.

Having built a reputation for high quality output in recent years with sessions for the likes of While She Sleeps, Holding Absence, Chapter & Verse and Delaire, The Liar, the Margate-based team will now work closely with the HMAs to bring interviews and live footage to fans throughout the evening as part of the HMAs’ digital-first approach for 2019.

Moshhh founder Charlie Ryan said, “We’re super stoked to be working with the Heavy Music Awards to bring coverage of this year’s event to heavy music lovers all over the world! We’ve long admired their dedication to supporting and recognising the very best heavy artists, and it’s a real privilege to be working with the team.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We’ve been following Moshhh’s growth for a long time and seen them raise the bar consistently. They’re progressive, passionate and knowledgable, and together we’ll now be able to reach a far greater audience as we push content live almost immediately, all evening. Our intention has always been to make the HMAs as inclusive as possible, and with our audience spread across the whole world this is a great way for us to bring as many fans to the party as possible. This is a really important step in growing the HMAs’ global engagement and we’re very excited to be taking it with Moshhh.”

You can take a look at some of Moshhh’s work below, and find out more about them here.


HMA19 Young Photographer of the Year – The Winner Is…

The Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year competition has reached its climax – following a record number of entries, judging by hugely respected professionals Corinne Cumming and Jennifer McCord, and thousands of votes from the public, we are excited to reveal that the winner is… Dan Mills!

It was Dan’s photo of Enter Shikari at Nottingham Rock City that sealed the victory – and with Dan having now bagged his prize of a photo pass for Download Festival in June, he will have the chance to shoot the band once more when they headline the Avalanche Stage. The festival will be giving Dan access to shoot throughout the weekend alongside some of the industry’s biggest names.

Having judged the entries alongside Corinne Cumming, Jennifer McCord said, “It was a really great experience judging the shortlist, there’s so many talented young photographers and it’s really exciting. Dan’s photo stood out to me immediately because I felt it captured the quieter moments of a Shikari show. Your eye is drawn to Rou immediately but the framing also brings in the crowd and gives an intimate sense of the performance. Plus I love the tonality in the edit!”

Check out the winning photo below and make sure you follow Dan Mills on Instagram right here.


HMA19 Young Photographer of the Year - Enter Shikari by Dan Mills


We’d like to say a huge thank you to Corinne and Jennifer for their time and expertise, and to Download Festival for giving us this incredible prize.

Congratulations to Dan on winning, and to his fellow finalists Chloe Ring, Adam Chandler, Benny Brown, Murry Deaves, Fraser Kerr and Jacob Powney – and of course thank you to everyone who entered and voted. YPOTY will be back in 2020!

Young Photographer of the Year 2019 Finalists Revealed

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The finalists for the third edition of the Heavy Music Awards Young Photographer of the Year have been announced, having been judged exclusively by professional snappers Corinne Cumming and Jennifer McCord. To qualify, entrants needed to be aged 16-21 when entry closed at the beginning of March.

Public voting is now open to determine the winner, who will be invited to shoot Download Festival at Donington Park in June.

This year, in line with the HMAs’ mission to push forward and engage audiences in new ways, voting is taking place exclusively through Facebook Messenger.

To take part, simply click here and follow the prompts. The voting process takes less than a minute and requires no sign-up. Voting closes 22 April 2019.

The finalists are:

Murry Deaves
(Photo of Architects at O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester)

Dan Mills
(Photo of Enter Shikari at Rock City, Nottingham)

Benny Brown
(Photo of Parkway Drive at O2 Apollo, Manchester)

Fraser Kerr
(Photo of Twenty One Pilots at O2 Academy Brixton, London)

Chloe Ring
(Photo of Parkway Drive at Alexandra Palace, London)

Jacob Powney
(Photo of Estate at O2 Academy, Birmingham)

Adam Chandler
(Photo of Turnstile at The Globe, Cardiff)


Fireball Join HMA19 as Best International Breakthrough Band Sponsor

“What you have here is a smooth liqueur with whisky and a fiery kick of red hot cinnamon. Forged during one of the coldest Canadian winters on record, it tastes like heaven, burns like hell. What happens next is up to you…”

Fireball has signed up for the Heavy Music Awards 2019 as sponsor of the Best International Breakthrough Band category.

Fireball UK Brand Manager James Pattinson said, “We’re delighted to be fuelling the Heavy Music Awards in 2019. We’re big fans of what the HMAs are achieving in the heavy music scene – a real awards event by and for the people who make the scene so great, and are very happy to be supporting them.

“Having worked in this space for the last few years we felt a real brand alignment, so I’m looking forward to enjoying a couple of ice cold shots of Fireball at their kick-ass event at the O2 Forum in August with some of the most engaged music fans around!”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We’re so excited to have Fireball joining the party for 2019 – they’re a brand that has built an undeniably strong link with heavy music over many years, and their approach to engaging with music fans in a positive way sits perfectly alongside our own. This partnership is another huge step forward for the Heavy Music Awards.”

The Best International Breakthrough category was won by Knocked Loose in 2018.

Find out more about Fireball at their website here and from all of us – whether it’s at the HMAs or any other time, please drink responsibly.

The Pit Returns for Third Year to Present Best International Band Category

Hugely popular rock and metal portal The Pit has returned to partner with the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year, supporting the Best International Band category.

The Pit’s Matt Alioto said, “The Pit always looks forward to the Heavy Music Awards; we are excited to be involved in a night of heavy performances and heavier awards.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “The Pit has become a genuine force in the last few years, building a hugely engaged audience around the globe – and the team have always been a pleasure to work alongside. We’re very excited to expand our partnership with The Pit for HMA19 as we go bigger and better on all fronts.”

Best International Band was won in 2018 by Metallica, following victory for Gojira at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards in 2017.

You can find out more about The Pit right here.

Safe Gigs For Women Partner with HMAs for Third Year

Safe Gigs For Women – an initiative established by regular gig goers with the aim of creating a safer environment for women at live events – has partnered with the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year.

The organisation, which has grown in stature since its inception in 2015, has welcomed support from a number of artists from several genres, and is hugely active in promoting a positive and accepting environment at all live shows.

SGFW’s Sarah Claudine said, “Safe Gigs For Women are proud to be partnering for a third year with the Heavy Music Awards and applaud their continued dedication to promoting a safer environment at shows and in the industry as a whole.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We try very hard to ensure the HMAs are helping where possible to promote positive change across the entire heavy music landscape – and Safe Gigs For Women are a massively inspiring organisation which shares that philosophy.

“We are proud to have played a small part in connecting SGFW with artists at previous HMAs, introductions that have evolved into meaningful partnerships, and we hope that can continue at HMA19 and beyond.”

You can find out more about Safe Gigs For Women here.

HMA x BIMM Class of 2019: Meet the Students

With BIMM returning as our Education Partner for a third consecutive year, we’re excited to introduce the four students who will take this journey with us through to the HMAs at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on 22 August. The students, who all study at BIMM London, will spend the next few months meeting with a number of incredible individuals throughout the music industry, to help them build their experience and their contacts.

The students are pictured above alongside BIMM’s Leo Nicholas. From left to right, they are…

Roberta Montagna

What are you studying at BIMM? Music Business.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? The best things about studying at BIMM are the experienced tutors and the fact that everyone here lives and breathe music so you feel in your element.
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? Metal in my opinion it’s such a creative environment because it has many subgenres. It’s fascinating how it’s in constant development and growth and having awards for that it’s so great, being a part of this it’s such an opportunity.
What are your career aspirations? I’m a prospective artist manager and my vision would be to make metal more visible as a genre because it really deserves more attention.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? I’d love to have dinner with Mozart and ask his opinion on heavy metal.

Ceara Connacher

What are you studying at BIMM? Music Business.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? The access and support of those in the music industry, along with learning how to navigate it.
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? I love the idea of recognising and appreciating metal music while also gaining experience in the music industry.
What are your career aspirations? I would like to work as a tour manager and would like to get more experience to cement this.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? Tyler Joseph, as 21 Pilots have been a big influence in my life.

Chloe Berrell

What are you studying at BIMM? Events Management.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? BIMM is definitely unique to any other university in the amount of opportunities it provides for its students. I have been able to work with some amazing companies and people through the relationships I have built at BIMM and I am looking forward to achieving more in the future.
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? Since a young age, I have always had a strong passion for the genres of rock and metal. The Heavy Music Awards is a company that celebrates this type of music, which is why I wanted to be involved this year. I was also involved with the company last year as well and really enjoyed my experience so decided to jump at the opportunity again.
What are your career aspirations? At the moment, I don’t have a clear understanding of a specific career path that I would like to go down. This is why I plan to try as many roles as possible in the next few years to find out what path makes me the happiest and to discover what I’m best at. Overall, my career aspirations are to find a job that makes happy but is also challenging.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? Even though this may be a ‘cringey’ choice to some people, I would have to chose Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy. Fall Out Boy were the first emo band I listened to as a teenager and they helped me discover my identity. It would be nice to meet him on a personal level.

Shane Giess

What are you studying at BIMM? Music Business.
What are the best things about studying at BIMM? The facilities!
What made you want to be involved with the Heavy Music Awards for 2019? I have an opportunity to work alongside other lovers and supporters of heavy music!
What are your career aspirations? I would personally like to continue my work with my label MSH music group and to be able to work alongside causes such as the Heavy Music Awards.
If you could have dinner with one musician (from any time in history), who would it be? King Diamond.

We’ll be posting regular updates on the HMA x BIMM programme on our Instagram.

Believe Backs Best UK Breakthrough Band Category for HMA19

Distribution and marketing services powerhouse Believe is back for the Heavy Music Awards 2019, stepping up their previous involvement to back the Best UK Breakthrough Band category.

Nathan Barley Phillips, Artist Relations TuneCore / Believe UK, said, “We are delighted to be returning as an award category sponsor for the Heavy Music Awards 2019!

“The HMAs is a uniquely democratic event with a great ethos, giving recognition to artists at all stages of their careers. As a company that shares this supportive ethos with the label and artist services that we provide, we couldn’t be happier to continue championing this event!”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “In addition to continued success across multiple genres – not least with the likes of HMA18 Best Album winners While She Sleeps – the team at Believe understand the changing landscape of this industry and approach it in a way that is both innovative and effective, and valuable to the HMAs audience.

“We’re so excited to welcome Believe back to the Heavy Music Awards for 2019, and to unveil our plans for collaboration in the run-up to August’s event.”

The Breakthrough Band categories have offered up an electrifying mix of finalists since the inception of the HMAs in 2017. The inaugural award was taken by I Prevail, before a split to separate UK and International categories in 2018 won by Milk Teeth and Knocked Loose respectively.

Find out more about Believe here.

Nordoff Robbins Announced as Charity Partner for HMA19

Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s leading music therapy charity, is set to be the key Charity Partner for the Heavy Music Awards 2019.

Having benefited from the HMAs in 2018, Nordoff Robbins have this year been chosen as the dedicated charity, signifying the beginning of a more collaborative approach between them and the HMAs, with additional announcements to follow which will further shine a light on the life-changing work carried out every day by Nordoff Robbins.

Nordoff Robbins’ Head of Partnerships Sandy Trappitt said, “We are thrilled to have been chosen as HMA19’s key charity partner. We were hugely appreciative of the support we received last year, and to now be working more closely with them to both promote our work and raise crucial funds to help us deliver our life-changing music therapy, is a massive step for us!

“We are very excited to start this journey, and together with HMA, help to bring the power of music to more people across the UK.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are excited and honoured to be partnering with the Nordoff Robbins team for HMA19 and playing our small part in telling the world about their vital and inspiring work.

“A huge part of the HMA philosophy centres on promoting heavy music as a force for positivity – and it means so much that the team at Nordoff Robbins not only recognise the importance of music as a force for good, but appreciate rock and metal as such profoundly affecting genres.

“We can’t wait to get started on rolling out our plans for 2019.”

Nordoff Robbins is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people. 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. With a person-centred approach, 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 here.


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