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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.”

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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

Pirate Studios Back Best UK Breakthrough Award at HMA18

Pirate Studios – which boasts 18 state-of-the-art recording centres in the UK and New York City – is sponsoring the Best UK Breakthrough Band at HMA18.

The company – which offers studio space from £4 per hour – is a champion for emerging talent and jumped at the chance of backing the UK Breakthrough category.

David Borrie, Co-Founder of Pirate Studios, said: “It’s exciting to see how the metal, extreme and heavy scenes continue to develop with growing diversity as greater access to music inspires some incredible new bands.

“Pirate Studios are immensely proud to support all seven of the finalists in the Best UK Breakthrough Band category. Supporting emerging talent is absolutely fundamental to what we are about and the Heavy Music Awards are celebrating some of the best new acts coming through. Here’s to heavy music.”

Alongside twenty-four-seven studio access and free use of high calibre equipment in every room including drums, amps, mics and PAs as standard, Pirate Studios are also fitted out with custom-designed, hand-crafted acoustic panels built with sound quality in mind.

Artists recording at the studios may also get the chance to stream live to millions of viewers via the revolutionary Pirate Live initiative.

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “Having Pirate Studios behind UK Breakthrough Band is a great fit.

“They understand the need for supporting emerging talent and actively give new artists a platform.”

To find out more about Pirate Studios visit piratestudios.co.uk

Party Hard with Emo Night UK at HMA18

The official HMA18 after-party will be hosted by Emo Night UK.

Since their New York launch in 2015 under the Emo Night Brooklyn banner, the club night hosts have quickly expanded across the United States, Europe and into the UK.

And now KOKO awaits their emo and pop-punk DJ team on August 23.

Emo Night will follow The Fever 333 on stage to lead the HMA18 celebrations through until 1am.

George Powell, from Emo Night UK, said: “We’re absolutely stoked to be working with the Heavy Music Awards this year and honoured to have been asked to throw the after-party at KOKO. 

“It’s vital for us that we align ourselves with brands that share our ethos and love for the alternative music culture and the HMAs do just that. 

“The bands that are playing and have been nominated for awards are always on our playlists so this seemed like a perfect fit for us. We’re both relatively new to the world. 

“Our first event was less than a year ago so this could be the start of a blossoming relationship. Roll on the 23rd August! I don’t think anyone is ready for what we’re bringing and we cannot wait!”

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “It’s definitely a fact that when you’re up, Emo Night will keep you up and we’re really pleased to have them on our HMA18 after-party.

“It’s going to be an epic night.”

Find out more about Emo Night here

Nordoff Robbins Appointed as HMA18 Charity Partner

The largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, which is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people, has been named a Charity Partner of Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Nordoff Robbins supports thousands of people every year through music therapy. 

Music therapy can help a child with autism to communicate, enable someone with dementia to regain their sense of identity or provide comfort for someone facing a terminal illness.

Nordoff Robbins runs six centres across England and benefits from more than 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.

Over the years, the charity has received substantial support from the music industry; in 1990 a concert at Knebworth Park featuring Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page helped fund a new centre in Kentish Town, London, which is now their UK headquarters.

In 2009, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Unit opened at BRIT School in Croydon and three years ago a facility was launched at the Royal Albert Hall.

As a Charity Partner of HMA18, Nordoff Robbins will connect for the first time directly with the heavy music scene.

Hannah Sheedy, Nordoff Robbins Director of Fundraising, said: “At Nordoff Robbins we use the power of music everyday to change the lives of vulnerable and isolated people, and we are so excited to be this year’s charity partner of the Heavy Music Awards.

“It’s a partnership which will help us to connect with the incredible creativity and passion-for-music that exists across the heavy music scene, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share our work with the artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers being championed by HMAs.”

Iain Johnson, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “It it a privilege to offer our support to Nordoff Robbins, an organisation that makes a profound difference to so many peoples’ lives through the wonder of music.

“We are very proud to welcome them to the HMAs.”

A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised.

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.

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 and celebrate the life of someone facing a terminal illness.

To find our more click nordoff-robbins.org.uk

HMA18 Welcomes D’Addario as Official Supporter

Guitar string maker D’Addario has become an Industry Supporter of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Few can claim 17th century Renaissance Italy as the birthplace of their family start-up. Yet, nearly 400 years and nine generations later, D’Addario & Co. proudly continues to do so.

The family-owned firm – which counts Evans Drumheads, ProMark Drumsticks and PureSound Snare Wires among is portfolio of brands – has grown to become one of the world’s leading players in guitar string manufacturing.

D’Addario’s range of electric string products include NYXL, XL Nickel, XL ProSteels, EXP Nickel, XL Half Rounds, XL Pure Nickel and XL Chromes.

Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher of HMA18 finalists Mastodon, Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Scott Middleton (Cancer Bats) are among the artists officially playing D’Addario.

Matt Hickman, European Marketing Manager at D’Addario, said: ” We are always seeking new ways to inspire musicians, the HMAs are a great testament to this with an event that highlights the dedication and musicianship within the genre!

Iain Johnson, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are delighted to have D’Addario involved the HMA18 and very much look forward to working with them.

“In recent years D’Addario has grown to become a major force and has very close connections with the heavy music scene.”

To check out D’Addario’s latest range of products click here  daddario.com

Public Liability Insurance for Musicians: Explained

Making sure artists are protected against the unknown is important – and part of the HMAs’ mission is to offer value to the heavy music community as a whole – so we’re very excited to have partnered with Allianz Musical Insurance as our Official Insurance Partner.

We’ve handed over the stage to Allianz Musical Insurance to explain the public liability insurance for musicians.


When you’re playing a gig, Public Liability Insurance is probably one of the last things on your mind. As it should be, because of course nobody ever wants anything to go wrong.

But what is it all about, and why might you need to think about it?

Public Liability Insurance, also known as third party liability and personal liability, protects you against the cost of a claim if someone is injured, hurts themselves or damages property while you’re playing.

For example, if one of your amps falls off the stage and hit someone, you could be deemed responsible and the injured party could claim against you. Without Public Liability Insurance, you would be expected to pay their medical bills, compensation, and any necessary legal bills – but if you have Public Liability Insurance, your insurer would pay these bills (or partially pay them, depending on your level of cover).

“But it’ll never happen to us.”

No, hopefully it won’t – but regardless of how careful you are, many venues now require bands to have Public Liability Insurance in order to play. If you’ve been booked somewhere and fail to show a valid insurance certificate on arrival, some venues may not let you perform at all.

Even if you only play the occasional gig at small local venues or pubs, it’s always worth checking what their policy is on Public Liability Insurance to avoid a wasted trip.

What you can do to prevent an incident

Make sure you tape down all your cables and leads, and remove anything you don’t need during your set from the stage – extra bits of gear lying around are trip hazards. You should also ensure that your electrical equipment is carefully positioned and PAT tested before you use it.

Don’t balance any gear or equipment on precarious looking surfaces, and if something feels risky or unsafe, tell someone at the venue.

If something does happen…

The claims process will differ depending on who your insurance is with, but it’s generally best to call your insurer as soon as you can after the incident has occurred.

Click here to find out more about Public Liability & Personal Accident cover from Allianz Musical Insurance.

HMA Young Photographer Competition Returns for 2018

Following the success of our Young Photographer competition in 2017, we’re excited to announce its return for 2018 with an incredible prize.

This year, our winner will be invited to attend HMA18 Best Festival finalist Bloodstock Festival for a day, with a friend, where they will meet with HMA17 Best Photographer (and HMA18 finalist) Ben Gibson for a one-to-one masterclass. They’ll then be given a photo pass to get stuck in alongside some of heavy music’s most revered snappers, before heading back to meet Ben for a chat about their shots and some expert advice on image processing. In Ben’s words, “We will go through everything from technique to editing to delivering to clients in the quickest possible time.”

And that’s not all – the winner will also receive two tickets to the Heavy Music Awards at KOKO, London on Thursday 23 August.

Ben, who has risen to the top of the game with work for some of the biggest rock publications on earth, said, “When I was in education, there was never an opportunity to be guided in music photography, it was always too far out of the comfort zone of my tutors or often somewhat looked down upon. I had to find my own feet. There was never opportunities to work alongside someone with actual real world experience. The guests speakers in which the tutors always brought in were often old, out of touch and never really offered any guidance for the real world and how to actually make it a career. Because of this, I am more than happy to team up with The HMAs to give someone the opportunity of a leg up and pass on any skills and pointers for working in the real world as a music photographer.”

Bloodstock Festival Director Vicky Hungerford added, “We are very pleased and proud to be offering the winner of this the opportunity to capture Bloodstock in all its glory! Supporting up and coming talent is what we love to be involved in and the HMAs are highlighting some superb new talent!”


How to Enter

As in 2017, entry is open to anyone aged 18-21 (as of today, 13 July 2018).

To enter, simply email a photo you have taken at a live show, along with your name, email address, the name of the band, the venue and the date of the show, to team@heavymusicawards.com, with the subject YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER 2018, before 5pm on Thursday 19 July.

All qualifying entries will then be shared as a gallery on the HMA Facebook page, with the most liked image at 5pm on Monday 6 August being crowned winner.



We’d like to express our sincere gratitude to both Ben Gibson and the team at Bloodstock for making this happen.

Please note: the prize does not include any travel, accommodation or hospitality for either Bloodstock or the Heavy Music Awards. The winner will be required to provide their own photographic equipment. There is no alternative prize should our winner be unable to attend either event. The judges’ decision is final. Heavy Group Ltd reserves the right to withdraw entries without notice or published reason, and, should circumstances dictate, to amend or cancel the prize without notice or published reason.

PPL Returns to Sponsor Best UK Band at HMA18

PPL is sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a second consecutive year.

For 2018, the music licensing company is sponsoring the Best UK Band award following its support of the international category last year.

Challenging for the public-voted accolade are Arcane Roots, Architects, Creeper, Enter Shikari, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Marmozets and While She Sleeps.

The award will be presented by PPL at KOKO London on August 23.

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Member Services at PPL commented: “PPL exists to serve performers and record companies across a huge range of genres from classical to electronica to jazz to metal.

“The Heavy Music Awards established itself as an exciting new awards ceremony specialising in the heavier end of the musical spectrum in 2017 and we are excited to be returning for a second year.”

PPL collects money for tens of thousands of performers and record companies.

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, Iain Johnson, said: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome PPL back to the HMAs for a second year.

“Protecting the rights and livelihoods of established musicians and emerging artists is very important to us.

“The work of PPL is so important in so many ways and we are delighted to be working with them once again.”

Click here for more information.

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