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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.

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:

BEST UK BREAKTHROUGH BAND

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

BEST INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH BAND

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

 

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