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.

The Fever 333 Set to Headline Heavy Music Awards 2018

California’s incendiary crossover sensation The Fever 333 are set to headline the second annual Heavy Music Awards at London’s KOKO on 23 August, with support from Milk Teeth, Black Peaks and Coldbones.

The trio – which features former letlive. vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, ex-The Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison and drummer Aric Improta, who also features in instrumentalists Night Verses – recently made their European debut at Download Festival, packing out the Avalanche stage and putting on one of the most energetic and memorable shows in the festival’s history. With a powerful socio-political message and the music to back it up, the band have rapidly picked up critical acclaim and are set to bring the curtain down on HMA18 in style.

Main support on the night are Milk Teeth. In between crossing their fingers as finalists in the Best UK Breakthrough Band category, the Stroud quartet will be bringing a huge grunge/punk party as main support with cuts from their twin EPs ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Go Away’.

Second on, Rise Records’ Black Peaks – who will be showcasing songs from their upcoming sophomore album ‘All That Divides’. Having welcomed the band to HMA17 as finalists in the Best UK Band category, we could not be more excited to have them onstage for a full set this time out.

Opening proceedings at KOKO are Kent’s instrumental progressive metal outfit Coldbones, who’s recent debut album ‘Where It All Began’ has been picking up rave reviews across the board. Bassist Nick Suchak said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this incredible night, alongside some of the most exciting bands around at the moment. The team behind the HMAs are doing an amazing job of creating something very special. See you there!”

And if that’s not enough for you, we’ve got an afterparty hosted by the very wonderful Emo Night UK, with guest DJs ready to take the night off into the early hours.


How to Attend the Heavy Music Awards 2018

Tickets are not available to purchase for HMA18. If you voted to help decide the winners, your name is in the draw to win a pair of tickets – successful applicants will be notified shortly.

If you missed out on voting, keep an eye on @heavymusicawds for further chances to win.

For press accreditation, please contact: Em@publiccitypr.com (Online and Print) / Hayley@publiccitypr.com (Radio and TV)

For sponsorship enquiries, please contact: team@heavymusicawards.com


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Indie Mixtape Sponsors Best International Band Award at HMA18

Playlist brand Indie Mixtape is sponsoring the Best International Band award at HMA18.

Indie Mixtape is an eclectic community of music fans, industry insiders and obsessives whose mission is to shine a light on great music via their suite of playlists.

The company will present to the winner of the award from seven finalists including Code Orange, Converge, Mastodon, The Menzingers, Metallica, Parkway Drive and Trivium.

Like all great art, great music is created by mavericks and risk takers; typically personified by artists forging their own, independent path.

Indie Mixtape strives to encapsulate that spirit by acting as a stage for the music and as a venue for the adventurous listeners.

Indie Mixtape’s Laura Moat said: “We were thrilled when the HMAs approached us about supporting an award this year.

“Their passion and love for the scene is second to none and it’s great to be a part of that.

“The nominations this year illustrate how much amazing talent there is in the heavy community today and we couldn’t be prouder to be associated with such an incredible spread of acts and the event itself!”

HMA Co-Founder, Andy Pritchard, said: “Expanding the audience for the artists we’re all here to celebrate is a key part of our mission – and Indie Mixtape have a proven track record in building those followings, and helping fans discover amazing music. Indie Mixtape is a really exciting addition to the HMAs for 2018.”

The streaming world needs a trusted beacon for the intrepid explorers who care less about style and trends but instead focus on quality, depth and innovation.

Vibrant and fun, but committed and bold; Indie Mixtape is an authoritative voice steering its audience past the bland and every-day to find the brilliant and the extraordinary.

Indie Mixtape’s playlists are live on Spotify, Youtube, Apple Music & Deezer, plus Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more info visit indiemixtape.com.

HMA18 World Cup Sweepstake

With football taking over the entirety of all civilisation for the next month, we’ve decided to add a little fun – in the name of charity – with our HMA18 World Cup Sweepstake.

To keep things simple, we’ve taken the 14 highest ranked teams in the tournament (according to the most recent FIFA rankings), and allocated them randomly to the 14 Best Breakthrough Band nominees for this year’s HMAs.

We will then donate £100 to the chosen charity of the band with the winning team.

In the very unlikely event that a team from outside those 14 wins the tournament, the money will still be donated to a worthy charitable cause.

So who’s got who? Here’s the list:


Bad Sign – Portugal
Conjurer – France
Employed To Serve – Uruguay
Holding Absence – Switzerland
Loathe – Spain
Milk Teeth – Germany
Venom Prison – Denmark


Brutus – Brazil
Can’t Swim – Belgium
Knocked Loose – England
Palaye Royale – Peru
Sløtface – Poland
Stand Atlantic – Argentina
Waterparks – Mexico


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.

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

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