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Young Photographer of the Year Returns for 2019

The Heavy Music Awards’ Young Photographer of the Year competition is back for a third year – with some incredibly exciting new additions to the process.

To begin with, hugely respected professional photographers Corinne Cumming and Jennifer McCord have very kindly accepted our invitation to judge the entries and select the finalists. Following a public vote, one winner will be given the chance to shoot Download Festival, featuring some of the biggest names in heavy music.

In addition, we are very pleased to say the age range has been broadened, with entry now open to all photographers aged between 16-21*.

 

“The landscape of music photography has changed so quickly.”

Corinne, who is the founder of London’s Hotdog Studios and regularly works with the likes of Rock Sound, NME, Gibson, Ticketmaster, Upset and Dork, among many others., said, “I’m excited to be judging the shortlist for the Young Photographer of the Year award, I think this provides a great opportunity for someone to break into the industry.

Jennifer – who, like Corinne has been a finalist at both HMA17 and HMA18, works with the likes of Universal Music, Skull Candy, Sub Pop, Enter Shikari, Fall Out Boy, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Architects, PRS for Music, Rock Sound and more. She added, “Really excited to be involved with the Young Photographer of the Year Award for the 2019 HMAs. The landscape of music photography has changed so quickly even in the 5 years I’ve been shooting and I think it’s great that there’s now an award that helps encourage support and development for photographers who are beginning their career.”

Download Festival’s Andy Copping said; “I love discovering new talent and Download Festival is proud to be able to continue to offer such a great platform for emerging artists. The lucky winner will be following in the footsteps in some of the greatest rock photographers in history.”

This year’s festival includes headline slots from Def Leppard, Slipknot and Tool.

 

Entry Now Closed

Finalists will be announced alongside the opening of the public vote on Wednesday 3 April, with the winner announced on Wednesday 24 April. Terms and conditions apply. Judges’ decision is final. Heavy Group Ltd makes no claim to the photos submitted for this competition. Download Festival prize includes two weekend camping tickets. No travel or catering expenses are included.

 

HMA19 Young Photographer of the Year

 

*Entrants’ age must be between 16 and 21 years old on 6 March 2019, the date entry closes.

EMP Returns as Headline Sponsor for HMA19

We are incredibly excited to announce that international merchandising powerhouse EMP has signed up as Headline Sponsor for the Heavy Music Awards 2019.

Founded in 1986, the German-based company has gone on to become Europe’s top provider of alternative clothing and music, TV, film and video game merchandise, with over 20,000 products available online.

Sam Kelly-Wallace, EMP’s UK Events Manager, said, “EMP are very proud to be the Headline Sponsor of the Heavy Music Awards 2019 and very much looking forward to the journey together with the HMA team and of course, the evening itself.

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

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are honoured to welcome EMP back to the HMAs for a second time.

“It has always been clear that this is a company that is hungry to progress and grow in a positive way, and the whole company is staffed by people who genuinely love this music. Their passion for heavy music is undeniable.

“They’re the perfect fit as our Headline Sponsor, and we’re hugely excited to develop this partnership in new and innovative ways.”

You can browse the EMP store here.

BIMM Returns as Education Partner for HMA19

Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education, the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) is back for a third year as the Official Education Partner of the the Heavy Music Awards.

As in 2018, the partnership will once again see students from BIMM taking an active role in the HMAs process – meeting with a host of individuals from all corners of the industry to learn, gain experience and build their contacts.

Leo Nicholas, BIMM’s Head of Industry Liaison and Careers, said, “BIMM are proud to be the lead education partner of the Heavy Music Awards for the third year running, continuing to support all corners of contemporary music, without exception.

“From year to year it has been a pleasure to see the awards grow in popularity, size and stature. At the heart of what makes the partnership so special is the having our students intern with the HMAs team, allowing them to gain real world, music event experience in one of the world’s most passionate and committed genres.”

Former BIMM Student Domonkos Gargyan – who took part in the scheme in 2018 and now works for Academy Music Group – said, “Working at the Heavy Music Awards last year was an amazing opportunity.

“On the day of the event, I got to work very closely with the main organizers, which provided a great insight into the operations of a major event of this sort. I was also lucky enough to meet some of my favourite musicians and chaperone them around.

“Moreover, anyone who works in heavy music is quite likely to be there. The amount of networking I did in just one night was insane!

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We’re immensely proud that BIMM is back for a third year. Since the beginning of our partnership we have worked hard to give students some tangible experience, and many of them have gone on to find roles throughout the industry.

“It has always been a huge part of our mission to make sure the HMAs are offering genuine value to everyone involved – from established artists to those just taking their first steps into this incredible scene – and we feel this partnership embodies that philosophy.

“We cannot overstate just how excited we are to play our part in championing these amazing students who will unquestionably form the backbone of tomorrow’s music industry.”

Look out for further announcements shortly as this year’s students embark on their journey towards HMA19 at O2 Forum Kentish Town, London on 22 August.

Allianz Musical Insurance Returns to Partner with HMA19

Allianz Musical Insurance is set to return to the Heavy Music Awards for a second year, becoming sponsor of the Best Producer category at HMA19.

Founded in 1960 and offering cover to musicians for all types of instruments and equipment, Allianz Musical Insurance is the UK’s leading specialist insurer of musical instruments, covering over 70,000 musicians from students to internationally renowned artists.

Allianz Musical Insurance’s specialist claims team works with organisations across the world to help reunite musicians with their lost and stolen instruments, reflecting the company’s dedication to providing excellent service.

Clarice Goff, Senior Marketing Executive, said, “We’re delighted to be returning to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards again this year. There’s so much talent in the heavy music scene right now – both on stage and behind the scenes in the studio – and we’re excited to be involved in recognising it.”

The Best Producer category has seen a hugely varied list of nominees since the HMAs began in 2017. The award went to Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström at HMA17, and was most recently picked up by Will Putney – as announced on-stage by Henrik Udd at KOKO in August.

You can find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance at their website or by calling 0330 100 9903.

Heavy Music Awards 2019 Heads to O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Heavy Music Awards is set to expand once again with the third annual event set to hit London’s famous O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 22 August 2019.

The move to the 2,300 capacity venue represents rapid growth for the HMAs. Having made stops at both House of Vans and Koko, the event has now effectively tripled in size since it launched just 20 months ago, becoming one of the biggest awards events for rock music on earth.

Eral Hassan, General Manager, O2 Forum Kentish Town, said: “We are so thrilled to be the venue of choice for the Heavy Music Awards 2019 and looking forward to going that extra mile with Dave and Andy to showcase the very best aspects of such a wonderful ceremony with our production capabilities in staging large-scale live events. We’ll be welcoming world-class artists to our stage to come together and celebrate the very best talent and music in the scene right now. We are also extremely proud to sponsor the Best Live Band category and support the most highly respected artists in the heavy music genre.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley added, “HMA18 was a big step up for us in terms of event and global reach. The organic growth has been excellent but we’re constantly looking for ways to build the audience and offer more value to our finalists, winners and partners.

“The democratic voting process has been a powerful foundation from which to build the HMAs. It’s obviously positive to see the HMAs being shared by the likes of Metallica, Architects and Bring Me The Horizon, as the trickle down is tangible for newer artists – but we want to do more to help heavy music in any way we can.

“Moving to the O2 Forum Kentish Town helps us to expand that offering, and of course welcome even more people to celebrate heavy music together. We are ecstatic to be working with Eral, Zoya and the O2 Forum team, and to welcome them as sponsors of our Best Live Band category.”

 

Ticketmaster Returns for Second Year as Official Ticketing Partner

In addition, global sales and distribution giant Ticketmaster has signed up as Official Ticketing Partner for a second year, bringing their market leading expertise to the HMAs as the event once again makes use of the innovative Universe system.

Andrew Parsons, MD Ticketmaster UK, said: “Ticketmaster is proud to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2019 for the second year running.

“Heavy music fans are unrivalled in their passion and dedication, and hands down some of the best crowds we have ever come across. As the number one destination for heavy music fans we work with the likes of Bullet For my Valentine, Iron Maiden and Metallica, right alongside up-and-comers Milk Teeth and Sleep Token. The future is bright for heavy music, and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”

Further information regarding the event – including how to get tickets and the full line-up – will be announced in 2019.

 

Conjurer Donate Sweepstake Win to Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Back in June, our charity World Cup sweepstake was a little sideshow to the main event in Russia – but in the midst of preparations for the second annual Heavy Music Awards, we’re ashamed to say we never formally announced HMA18 Best UK Breakthrough Band finalists Conjurer as the winners of that sweepstake, having been drawn out of the hat alongside eventual champions France way back at the start of the summer.

The prize – which is a combination of £150 from the HMAs and £100 generously thrown in by our HMA18 Education Partner BIMM – has been donated to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, as selected by the band themselves.

In Conjurer’s own words: “After winning the HMA World Cup Sweepstakes, we’ve chosen to make a donation to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association.

“For those that don’t know, TN is a chronic pain condition affecting the Trigeminal nerve in the face. Informally known as ‘The Suicide Disease’, it’s an absolutely devastating illness about which very little is known. Brady’s Dad has suffered with it for years and we’ve seen it effect every aspect of his life, including his ability to enjoy music – those that know him and the family understand just how heartbreaking this is.

“TNA UK offer a support network to those afflicted and fund research projects to try and combat the condition and we’re hoping that this donation will go some small way to aiding them, as well as hopefully raising awareness about the condition and those it effects.”

The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK (TNA UK) provide information, support and encouragement to those who suffer this excruciatingly painful condition. Their aim is to raise awareness of TN within the medical community and the general public at large. As a registered charity, TNA UK is entirely dependent on donations and annual membership fees in order to continue its work, receiving no funding whatsoever from government or corporate organisations. You can find out more about TNA UK at their website.

We are incredibly honoured to be making this donation on behalf of Conjurer and would like to thank BIMM for their contribution – and all the bands – for being a part of the sweepstake.

 

Watch the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Premiere Exclusively on Scuzz TV

The second annual Heavy Music Awards will get its broadcast premiere in an hour-long special on Scuzz TV at 9pm on Saturday 22 September – featuring all the winners, all the red carpet interviews, and live performances from The Fever 333, Milk Teeth, Black Peaks and Coldbones.

You can find Scuzz on Sky channel 366 – and don’t worry if you miss the premiere! HMA18 will be shown again at the following times:

Sunday 23 September – 10pm
Tuesday 25 September – 12am
Friday 28 September – 9pm
Sunday 30 September – 9pm
Friday 5 October – 12am
Sunday 7 October – 10pm
Wednesday 10 October – 11pm
Saturday 13 October – 11pm
Sunday 14 October – 12am

Heavy Music Awards 2018 Winners Announced

The winners of the second annual Heavy Music Awards were announced this evening at a blistering event at London’s historic Koko featuring live sets by The Fever 333, Milk Teeth, Black Peaks and Coldbones.

Host Sophie K welcomed well over 1,000 guests – a mix of artists, industry and fans – to a ceremony which celebrates the year’s best across heavy music’s many sides.

 


 

Heavy Music Awards 2018: The Winners

BEST UK BREAKTHROUGH BAND – MILK TEETH
Presented by Jason Aalon Butler (The Fever 333) + Chris Bye (Pirate Studios)

BEST FESTIVAL – HELLFEST OPEN AIR
Presented by Laila K (Sonic Boom Six & Nordoff Robbins) + Ollie Route (Scuzz)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH BAND – KNOCKED LOOSE
Presented by While She Sleeps

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK – SIKTH ‘THE FUTURE IN WHOSE EYES?’ BY MEATS MEIER
Presented by Awsten Knight (Waterparks) + Kylie Olsson on behalf of The Pit

THE H – SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION

BEST PRODUCER – WILL PUTNEY
Presented by Henrik Udd + Mark Andrews (WWE / Junior)

BEST LIVE BAND – GOJIRA
Presented by Helen Varley (Jackson Guitars) + V-Man (Slipknot)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND – METALLICA
Presented by Indie Mixtape + Spencer Chamberlain & Aaron Gillespie (Underoath)

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER – ED MASON
Presented by Justine Jones (Employed To Serve) + Jamie Lenman

BEST UK BAND – ARCHITECTS
Presented by PPL + Benji Madden (Good Charlotte)

BEST ALBUM – WHILE SHE SLEEPS ‘YOU ARE WE’
Presented by Daniel P Carter (BBC Radio 1) + Allison Hagendorf (Global Head of Rock, Spotify)

Presenters Get Set For Heavy Music Awards 2018

With the second annual Heavy Music Awards set to hit London’s KOKO in just a few hours, we caught up with our three presenters for their take on what’s to come.

Sophie Eggleton and Neil Jones will be warming things up on the red carpet. Sophie said, “Having worked in various roles within the industry for about ten years from with Journalism, PR and marketing, to interviewing and photography and seeing how hard working and passionate so many people are about artists and the music, it’s a privilege to be able to celebrate some of them via these awards!”

Neil Jones, who has become a hugely respected voice in rock, not least with his work on Cambridge 105 Radio, will be interviewing attendees alongside Sophie. He said, “It’s an absolute honour to be involved with the HMAs. It’s awesome to see an evening celebrating the heavier end of music, from the music being made and the gigs being played to other creative industries that represent one of the most vibrant scenes in the UK music industry.”

Sophie K, who hosted the inaugural Heavy Music Awards at House of Vans in 2017, returns once again. “I am so excited to be a part of the second year of the most important awards in our scene. KoKo is the perfect venue and I know that the energy in that room will be epic, especially when The Fever 333 take the stage! Last year we had the best list of celebs in attendance so I can’t wait to see who will be walking the red carpet this year.”

Keep up-to-date with everything #HMA18 at Twitter and Instagram!

Roadrunner Records Aligns with Best Producer Award at HMA18

Roadrunner Records has thrown its weight behind HMA18 as sponsor of the Best Producer award.

The record label has been an integral and influential part of the heavy music scene since its birth as Road Racer in the Netherlands in the early 1980s, acting as home to the likes of Slipknot, Gojira, Creeper, Trivium, Code Orange, Turnstile, Stone Sour, Marmozets, The Amity Affliction, The Fever 333, Milk Teeth and Slash are within their stable of internationally renowned artists.

Danny Corr, Senior Marketing Manager at Roadrunner Records, said: “The heavy music scene has a vibrant and supportive community not just in the UK but worldwide and it’s great to see the HMAs back again this year to celebrate that.

“Here at Roadrunner Records we’re incredibly happy to be part of that scene and to be involved with the awards once more.”

Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Iain Johnson, said: “Getting the official backing of Roadrunner Records is another exciting development for the HMAs, which has received an incredible amount of support from across the scene.

“We’re really pleased to have a label with such unquestionable pedigree behind the Awards.”

The Best Producer award will be presented at KOKO by the category’s 2017 winner Henrik Udd.

To find out more about Roadrunner Records click here

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