HMAs Support ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ Campaign

A campaign which champions cultural and racial diversity through music has partnered with the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Since its formation in 2002, Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) has continued to tackle racism by raising awareness at hundreds of live music events across the UK.

With strong links across all genres, LMHR gigs have welcomed artists including Ms Dynamite, Kasabian, Hard-Fi, Babyshambles, Akala, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Estelle, The View, Lethal Bizzle, Kano, Roll Deep and Basement Jaxx.

Some of the current focuses for LMHR campaign include an increase in Islamophobia, anti-migrant racism and hostility towards refugees in Britain and across Europe.

The movement also works with upcoming talent to reach crowds at local venues with their positive message of hope and to offer places for “vibrant celebration of our multicultural and multiracial society”.

Speaking about the new collaboration with the HMAs, Chris Ruff of LMHR said: “LMHR’s history is steeped in heavy music dating back to its ‘Rock Against Racism’ days and it’s a pleasure to be teaming-up with the Heavy Music Awards. With great synergy between them and their other partners, they continue to challenge the status quo and support diversity, universally.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “With the Heavy Music Awards we are trying to build something that means more than just a celebration of great music. We care deeply about the HMAs being a champion for diversity in all its forms, and partnering with a great organisation like LMHR is a big part of that mission.”

To find out more or to make a donation click here

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – Julia Konrad

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some first-hand experience of the music industry via the Heavy Music Awards’ own events and processes.

The students work across four courses at BIMM’s London campus – Music Journalism, Music Business, Music Event Management and Production.

Julia Konrad

Today, we’re meeting Music Event Management student Julia Konrad, who will be attending the HMA events and working directly with our team to actively shape the Heavy Music Awards for 2018 and beyond.


On BIMM…
Earlier last year I went through a massive career change. I worked in a different creative field in London but discovered I wasn’t making any progress. So, after a few years of blood, sweat and tears I decided that if I work this hard it has to be for something I’m really passionate about. With me working about ten hours every day I no longer had time to go to gigs anymore. Live music has always kept me going and it was incredibly frustrating to cut it out of my life. This led me to the decision to turn attending live music events into a career. I discovered BIMM and I am now beyond excited to be given the opportunity to join the team for the Heavy Music Awards. The staff at BIMM have been really supportive in offering help and advice about putting on gigs in London. I feel really secure and content in what I am doing as I know in case of doubts or emergencies I can contact them for support. I have made some great contacts by attending the masterclasses BIMM offers. Without BIMM I wouldn’t have had the chance to meet so many talented people from the music industry who I then run into at gigs and am thus able to build up my own network.

On the HMAs…
I am over the moon at being given the chance to be part of the team for the Heavy Music Awards 2018. With my all-time favourite bands Architects and Enter Shikari being award holders I was really excited to follow up on any news from last year’s award. I have always been incredibly passionate about heavy music and UK bands in general. I relocated to London because of the creative industries and I can’t imagine living and working anywhere else than in the UK. I remember going to a Bring Me the Horizon when Count your Blessings came out in a tiny venue in my hometown Hamburg (Parkway Drive played one of their release shows there a month ago) and nothing has changed for me since. I still like small sweaty venues and the energy you get from the crowd at heavy music gigs. There is nothing like it. I am really glad that heavy bands get a chance to connect and you give them a platform by creating the Heavy Music Awards. I am really looking forward to working with like-minded people and artists that guide me through life.

On your career goals…
My goal is to become a successful Music Event Manager and/or Tour Manager. I’ve started putting on rock & metal gigs with a focus on animal rights with vegan food, sustainable merchandise and animal rights activism groups like Open Cages. I hope I can continue focussing on events like these in the future. I also love to travel and have been to loads of places in the UK, Ireland, Europe and America to check out their cultural vibe and of course the bands and venues all over the world. I travel far and wide to see my favourite bands and not rarely plan my trips around a gig to some bands. For example, I planned a trip to New York last year where I included the NY date for All them Witches. I really enjoy organising these trips which I hope can come in handy when being a tour manager. Since making the decision to change career paths I have been never been happier and I can’t wait to see what comes next. There are so many great things happening in my life at the moment, which I am extremely grateful for. For the last couple of months you can always catch me with a wide smile on my face and a look of awe as I’m still processing all the information about great gigs and opportunities I have the chance to be involved in.

On your stereo…
The new Palm Reader album (yes I’m one of the few people who still listens to the whole album) called Braille as well as Loathe since I’m beyond excited to see them at the HMA Launch Party on Wednesday! Another gig that is coming up is Black Peaks at the Horn in St.Albans so I’m listening to their tunes a lot at the moment.

Last show you went to…
I went to see Palm Reader supporting Rolo Tomassi in my hometown Hamburg. I quite enjoy seeing bands that are doing well in the UK at intimate shows in Europe, so whenever it’s possible to combine a family (and doggo) visit with going to a great gig, I’ll take the chance.


You can follow Julia on Instagram.

HMA18 Finalists Shows Exclusively on Scuzz TV

Scuzz TV will once again be showcasing the HMA18 finalists with a series of exclusive shows, starting at 10pm BST on Monday 7 May.

The shows offer the perfect chance to get acquainted with the nominees, and proved incredibly popular among viewers in 2017.

The initial schedule shapes up as follows:

Best Album
7 May 10pm / 22 May 9pm / 30 May 12am

Best UK Band
7 May 11pm / 22 May 10pm / 30 May 1am

Best International Band
8 May 9pm / 23 May 9pm / 28 May 12am

Best Live Band
8 May 10pm / 23 May 10pm / 28 May 1am

Best UK Breakthrough Band
9 May – 10pm / 21 May – 9pm / 29 May – 12am

Best International Breakthrough Band
9 May 11pm / 21 May – 10pm / 29 May 1am

Tune in via Sky channel 366 (formerly 367), or Freesat channel 502.

Heavy Music Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

Following its launch in March 2017, the Heavy Music Awards – the only fully independent, fully democratic programme of its kind – has established itself as one of the most exciting events on the heavy music calendar. Tonight, at a packed launch event at Gorilla in Manchester, the nominees for this year’s awards were announced.

The HMAs shine a spotlight on artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers who’s incredible talent deserves the attention of the wider world. To achieve this, they have a judging panel of several hundred key music industry figures nominating the finalists, before the public votes on the winners. In 2017, they received almost 100,000 votes from the general public, every single one double opted-in.

This year The HMAs will take place at London’s KOKO on August 23rd. The event, which will later be shown exclusively on Scuzz TV is an opportunity for the rabble rousers, the game changers and fiercely passionate artists in the world of rock and metal to be celebrated.


Heavy Music Awards 2018 Finalists

Best Album

Code Orange – Forever (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Kurt Ballou & Will Yip)
Converge – The Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Produced by Kurt Ballou)
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Neil D. Kennedy)
Enter Shikari – The Spark (Ambush Reality – Produced by David Kosten & Rou Reynolds)
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand (Reprise Records – Produced by Brendan O’Brien)
The Menzingers – After The Party (Epitaph Records – Produced by Will Yip)
While She Sleeps – You Are We (Independent – Produced by While She Sleeps & Carl Bown)

Best UK Band

Presented by PPL
Arcane Roots (Easy Life)
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Creeper (Roadrunner Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Marmozets (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best International Band

Presented by Indie Mixtape
Code Orange (Roadrunner Records)
Converge (Epitaph Records)
Mastodon (Reprise Records)
The Menzingers (Epitaph Records)
Metallica (Blackened Recordings)
Parkway Drive (Epitaph Records)
Trivium (Roadrunner Records)

Best Live Band

Presented by Jackson Guitars
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph Records)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista Recordings)
Gojira (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best UK Breakthrough Band

Presented by Pirate Studios
Bad Sign (Basick Records)
Conjurer (Holy Roar Records)
Employed To Serve (Holy Roar Records)
Holding Absence (Sharptone Records)
Loathe (Sharptone Records)
Milk Teeth (Roadrunner Records)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic Records)

Best International Breakthrough Band

Presented by Awesome Merchandise
Brutus (Hassle Records)
Can’t Swim (Pure Noise Records)
Knocked Loose (Pure Noise Records)
Palaye Royale (Sumerian Records)
Sløtface (Propeller Recordings)
Stand Atlantic (Rude Records)
Waterparks (Easy Life)

Best Album Artwork

Presented by The Pit
Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore Records – Artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski)
Converge – The Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Artwork by Jacob Bannon)
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Artwork by Nicky Barkla)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin (International Death Cult – Artwork by Dean Richardson / Studio Yuck)
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand (Reprise Records – Artwork by Alan Brown / Medusawolf)
Northlane – Mesmer (UNFD – Artwork by Jacques Duquette / Fvckrender)
Sikth – The Future In Whose Eyes? (Millennium Night – Artwork by Meats Meier)

Best Festival

Presented by Scuzz
2000trees Festival (United Kingdom)
Arc Tan Gent (United Kingdom)
Bloodstock Open Air (United Kingdom)
Download Festival (United Kingdom)
Hellfest Open Air (France)
Slam Dunk Festival (United Kingdom)
UK Tech Fest (United Kingdom)

Best Photographer

Corinne Cumming
Ben Gibson
Joshua Halling
Paul Harries
Tina Korhonen
Jennifer McCord
Ed Mason

Best Producer

Presented by Roadrunner Records
Kurt Ballou
Romesh Dodangoda
Neil D Kennedy
Dan Lancaster
Brendan O’Brien
Will Putney
Will Yip

Voting is open now – click here to cast your votes and automatically enter the draw for HMA18 tickets.

Believe Pledges Support for Heavy Music Awards 2018

Believe Distribution Services is supporting the Heavy Music Awards for a second year.

The company – which offers a range of “smart” marketing and distribution services to labels and artists across the world – has signed up as Industry Supporter for the Awards in 2018.

Believe offers a range of services within music across online distribution, trade marketing, video and unique synchronisation services.

Their client list includes Xtra Mile, One Little Indian, UNFD, Earache, and Season of Mist.

Agnes Kopberg, Office & Communications Manager at Believe, said: “Here at Believe, we are delighted to return as sponsors of the HMAs in its second year.

“The awards are a fantastic beacon and shining example of what the heavy music community can achieve when it works together.

“Add to that the fact that the voting process is purely democratic, we couldn’t be happier to be lending our support again this year.”

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Believe back to the Heavy Music Awards for a second year.

“We hope our partnership will continue to flourish for many years to come.”

Believe has more than 400 employees globally with offices in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

For more information, visit believemusic.com

Best Album Artwork Award to be Sponsored by The Pit at HMA18

Online heavy music platform, The Pit, is backing the Heavy Music Awards for a second time.

The digital content stream – which boasts more than 230,000 fans on Facebook – hosts a popular news and entertainment service for a passionate community of rock and metal fans, bringing them together them through stories, films, giveaways, great music and humour.

The Pit – which launched in 2017, will, once again, sponsor the “Best Album Artwork” category at the HMAs and the team will take up a position on the red carpet on August 23 at KOKO London.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are very pleased to receive the support of The Pit again this year.

“The Pit has become a fantastically popular source for the latest news across heavy music and it’s great to be working with them and helping them generate content across the year.”

Popestar by Ghost won Best Album Artwork at HMA17 following public vote.

To explore The Pit you can visit their Facebook page here.

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – David Perkins

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some first-hand experience of the music industry via the Heavy Music Awards’ own events and processes.

The students work across four courses at BIMM’s London campus – Music Journalism, Music Business, Music Event Management and Production.

Today, we’re meeting Music Business student David Perkins, who will be attending the HMA events to gain experience and contacts in the industry.


On BIMM…
I’m thoroughly enjoying my studies at BIMM. It’s so well rounded and learning about every facet within the music industry whether it’s live, marketing or A&R related is the best thing about the course so far. Currently in my last year, looking back i’ve managed to create and be part of some amazing projects, such as some cool live shows, creating a small label with like minded students and above all, stepping foot into a tough, yet exciting industry.

On the HMAs…
Perhaps the biggest reason why I want to be part of Heavy Music Awards is simply the very nature of the event, that is all things heavy metal. A heavy metal fan myself, I immediately knew it was such a good opportunity to not only be part of something immense, but to broaden my horizons and listen to even more like minded bands! KOKO is also a fantastic venue to hold this event having seen SikTh perform as headliners back in December, which to this day is one of the best shows of 2017.

On your career goals…
I would like to work with bands I truly love and feel passion for, and there is no better feeling that watching a band emerge out of nothing, knowing that you’ve played a small part whether it’s helping to put on a show for them, manage them or intern for a press company that has them in their roster!

On your stereo…
Currently, I’ve been listening to a lot of Obliteration (doom/thrash metal) having picked up their debut album at Crypt of the Wizard. It’s an incredible album and hopefully the bands will come over to London and play sometime! Other than that, I’m listening to a lot of Lamb of God, Machine Head and some Bathory.

Last show you went to…
The last show I’ve been to was Complexity Fest ’18 over in Haarlem, Netherlands in February. SikTh, Hirsch Effekt, Carnifex and many other awesome bands were performing.


You can follow David on Instagram.

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – David Flahou

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some first-hand experience of the music industry via the Heavy Music Awards’ own events and processes.

The students work across four courses at BIMM’s London campus – Music Journalism, Music Business, Music Event Management and Production.

David Flahou

Today, we’re meeting Music Production student David Flahou, who will be attending the HMA events and getting hands-on experience alongside sound engineers at both our Manchester and London events.


On BIMM…
I am currently completing my final year at BIMM and I really enjoyed these 3 years of the Music Production degree. I learned all of what I know about producing and mixing, and I really feel confident know for my future. It allowed me to meet and produce tracks for great artists. I also had the chance to meet great actors from the music industry and I understand know how the things works. The opportunity to use the facilities at BIMM helped me to gain experience in studio.

On the HMAs…
I wanted to be part of the team for the Heavy Music Awards 2018 for many reasons. First of all I love new experiences. I had the chance along my journey with music to do so many things such as playing on stage for so many events, touring across the world with a rock band as a lead guitarist, then I moved to London to start a new life, with new projects. I had the chance to produce a great band that will get signed pretty soon. I recently spent a whole day in a professional studio with a well known mixing engineer who showed me all of his tricks and workflow. Accessing the HMAs is another chance for me to live something new and open up my mind to new horizons. Also, I love metal music, it has been my favourite genre of music since I started to do music seriously. So many artists and producers I love participated on the first HMAs last year, and that’s a dream for me to be present at this event and be surrounded by people who share the same passion and love for music as me. I will be proud to be part of the team that work to make this event a great moment. I always wanted to be part of a successful band, releasing great music, be an artist. After a few years I realised that what I really love is producing and mixing. I wish that I will be able in the future to keep working with great artists, try to help them to create awesome tracks, help them to achieve the final product that they always wanted to have. Living a life of creation, make a living out of producing and mixing. If I end up having a post in a good studio, that will allow me to make a living out of my art, I’ll be the happiest man on earth!

On your career goals…
As I don’t have a clear idea of a specific job that I would like to take up in the music industry, i would like to be able to work in many different areas as I can before settling in a specific role so that I can gain as much experience as possible. I would like to be able to create a large network of people that I can work with during my time in the industry and hopefully be involved in large projects such as festivals and tours. I would also like to carry on creating my own smaller independent events as I have found these to be very enjoyable and have given me great experience in the past. The main goal is to learn as much as I can through different opportunities the industry could provide me with.

On your stereo…
Right now I am listening to Wolf Alice – SadBoy. Great track. While I was walking from work today, I was listening to a good old Miss May I – Not Our Tomorrow.

Last show you went to…
It’s been a while since I went to a show, as uni and work are quite demanding at the moment. Last one was Lower Than Atlantis at Brixton Academy last year, Or maybe Mallory Knox at KOKO.


You can follow David on Instagram.

Safe Gigs For Women Partners with HMAs for Second Year

Safe Gigs For Women has partnered with the Heavy Music Awards for a second year.

The campaign group – started in 2015 – is led entirely by volunteers to make gigs and festivals a safer environment for women by stamping out the risk of sexual harassment.

Sam Carter, lead singer of Architects, hit the headlines last year after calling out a male fan for allegedly committing such an offence at Lowlands Festival in The Netherlands.

Architects have since began working with Safe Gigs for Women after first meeting at House of Vans London during Heavy Music Awards 2017.

In 2018, Safe Gigs for Women has taken the position of “Official Supporter” at the HMAs.

The initiative has three key aims:

To work with gig goers in spreading the word that it is not okay to grope, threaten or harass others and to encourage victims to speak out and supporters to advocate that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

To team up with venues to ensure they take reports of sexual harassment and other threats to women seriously and create a “safe venue” standard.

To connect with bands and artists to promote the recognition of standards, talk about SGfW work and to share with their audiences the importance of recognising and sharing acceptable behaviour codes.

Mel Kelly, a member of the leadership team of SGFW, spoke about why a change in attitude is necessary to make gigs and festivals safer for women.

“Safe Gigs for Women was founded after our founder was sexually assaulted, and not for the first time, at a live event in 2015.

“Live music is so important to me and to so many women I know. Gigs and festivals are a huge part of my life.

“We are thrilled that the HMAs have chosen to support us so visibly again this year. We remain excited about working with them, with venues, musicians and the gig-going public to make sexual safety a priority in live music.

“Thank you so much to the management of the Heavy Music Awards for helping us spread the word.”

Iain Johnson, from the Heavy Music Awards, described the initiative as “important for the future of live music”.

He added: “The Heavy Music Awards is very proud to support Safe Gigs for Women once again.

“It is vital that we all work together to stamp out the risks of sexual assault at gigs and festivals and Safe Gigs for Women offer a very effective spearhead for that.

“Such behaviour should never be tolerated, we must stand together and stamp it out.”

For more information about Safe Gigs for Women click visit the official website, or find them on Twitter or Facebook.

BIMM x HMA18: Meet the Students – Chloe Berrell

As part of the HMAs partnership with our Official Education Partner BIMM, we’re giving a handful of students a chance to gain some first-hand experience of the music industry via the Heavy Music Awards’ own events and processes.

The students work across four courses at BIMM’s London campus – Music Journalism, Music Business, Music Event Management and Production.

Today, we’re meeting Music Event Management student Chloe Berrell, who will be attending the HMA events and working directly with our team to actively shape the Heavy Music Awards for 2018 and beyond.


On BIMM…
My time at BIMM London so far has definitely been an unforgettable experience. After only studying at the institute for two terms, I have been given many amazing opportunities to oversee the different roles within the music industry and to participate in managing a range of events. I have gained a lot of knowledge about how this industry works and have got to work with a diversity of talented people. Whilst completing different tasks, I have experienced both working in a team and working independently and how to get the best end result in each environment. Overall I have greatly enjoyed the many opportunities that BIMM has provided me with and I look forward to working on more in the future.

On the HMAs…
When BIMM provided its students with the opportunity to be involved with HMA18, I knew I had to apply as the event sounded very appropriate for me. I have always had a love for heavy music genres such as rock, metal and alternative and have enjoyed working on events within those genres as well. Also, I’m really hoping to push myself to work within a range of events in the following few years and I do believe working on an awards ceremony will be a new and exciting experience that I can learn a lot from. I feel like this opportunity will not only be enjoyable but will give me the experience and knowledge to take further steps to achieve my goals during my time at BIMM.

On your career goals…
As I don’t have a clear idea of a specific job that I would like to take up in the music industry, i would like to be able to work in many different areas as I can before settling in a specific role so that I can gain as much experience as possible. I would like to be able to create a large network of people that I can work with during my time in the industry and hopefully be involved in large projects such as festivals and tours. I would also like to carry on creating my own smaller independent events as I have found these to be very enjoyable and have given me great experience in the past. The main goal is to learn as much as I can through different opportunities the industry could provide me with.

On your stereo…
I’ve recently been enjoying the new album from Marmozets, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’.

Last show you went to…
As It Is at London KOKO.


You can follow Matthew on Twitter and Instagram.

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