Centrepoint Partners With Heavy Music Awards

A charity which helps homeless young people stay safe and improve their life chances has teamed up with the Heavy Music Awards.

Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people – has become an Official Charity Partner of HMA18.




Every year the organisation helps 9,200 people aged 16-25 by providing a safe place to live, mental and physical health checks and a path into education, training and employment across London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East.

The award-winning charity – which employs 350 people – was founded in 1969 by The Reverend Kenneth Leech and has since provided a safe haven for 125,000 young people.

Paul Noblet, Head of Public Affairs at Centrepoint, said: “We’re so grateful for the support of the Heavy Music Awards and the opportunity to turn up the volume around the issue of youth homelessness.

“Thousands of young people every year are forced to sleep on the streets, night buses, or the floors and sofas of friends, family and strangers. These scarring experiences damage young people’s physical and mental health, crush their confidence and put their futures on hold.

“Homelessness doesn’t have to define a young person’s life. Centrepoint provide a safe place to stay, support to get healthy, find work and the confidence to express themselves – including through music.

“Please lend your support if you can and help vulnerable young people leave homelessness behind for good.”

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the HMAs, said: “Homelessness is a huge problem that continues to be an issue in the lives of many young people across the UK. We are immensely proud to have teamed up with Centrepoint and help in some way.

“Their work has an amazingly positive impact upon the lives of thousands of young people each year who have been forced onto the streets and it is because people support them that this situation continues to improve.

“The world of heavy music has its part to play in this and we are honoured to offer the HMAs platform to Centrepoint to raise awareness and funds for the cause.”

Homeless young people helped by Centrepoint are given accommodation for two years and then supported for six months afterwards to ensure they can live independently.

And with tens of thousands of young people approaching councils each year for help, Centrepoint also campaigns to influence local and central government policy on developing practical measures towards ending youth homelessness.

Once supported by Diana, Princess of Wales, Centrepoint now benefits from the patronage of The Duke of Cambridge and a team of influential Ambassadors including Ellie Goulding, Lorraine Kelly, Jonathon Ross, Sara Cox, Richard Madeley and Colin Salmon.



About Centrepoint

  • Centrepoint is the leading charity for homeless young people aged 16-25.
  • Centrepoint supports over 9,200 homeless young people a year nationally.
  • The Freephone Centrepoint Helpline is for any young person aged 16-25 who is worried about homelessness. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The Centrepoint Helpline number is: 0808 800 0661.
  • Centrepoint supports young people to pursue education, training and employment, and to develop independent living skills.
  • Through policy work, Centrepoint aims to influence public policy, campaigning on behalf of the young people it supports and homeless young people throughout the UK.
  • Founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 116,000 homeless young people.
  • HRH The Duke of Cambridge became Centrepoint’s Patron in 2005.
  • For more information, visit: centrepoint.org.uk

Rocksteady Returns to HMAs for Second Year

Rocksteady, the UK’s largest rock school, has endorsed the Heavy Music Awards for a second year, as an Industry Supporter.

Rocksteady is inspiring the next generation of musicians, every week teaching more than 16,000 four to eleven years-olds to play real music in their own bands. Rocksteady also provide unique full-time employment opportunities to credible musicians all over the country.

Heavy music fan and CEO of Rocksteady, Scott Monks, revealed why Rocksteady chose to support the HMAs once again.

“Last year’s Heavy Music Awards were a blast!” he revealed.

“More importantly our staff and kids loved us being involved and I’m excited to see what the HMAs will deliver this year.

“Good luck to everyone who makes the shortlist.”

The finalists will be announced on April 25th in a special HMA18 Launch Night at Gorilla, Manchester, with public voting to decide the winners opening the same night.

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Iain Johnson, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards said: “We are thrilled to welcome Rocksteady back to the HMAs.

“Nurturing young, talented musicians and just having fun with music at a young age is so important and it’s great that we can help fly the flag for this school and the important work that they do.”

Through its in-house, self-funded Foundation, Rocksteady also provides free charity days and free bursary spaces to kids who would not otherwise be able to access the programmed. Over the last year Rocksteady has delivered free music experiences to over 200,000 children.

More information about Rocksteady can be found at www.rocksteadymusicschool.com or by emailing info@rocksteadymusicschool.com

Two Minutes with Milestones: “We fully intend to be relentlessly touring”

It’s just a few weeks til the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, so we grabbed a moment with Manchester’s own Milestones – our headliners – who will be hitting the stage alongside Loathe and Cold Years.

How are things with Milestones right now?
Things are great for us right now thank you. We released our debut album a couple of weeks back, we’re heading out on some headline shows this week and we’re also getting to play HMA launch on top of having Slam Dunk to look forward to. There’s definitely a positive feel around all of our team at the moment!

Your debut album ‘Red Lights’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
It’s been great! It’s something our fans have been waiting for for a while so to give back to them is a great feeling after only having them listen to five songs previously. We feel as though the album is only going to improve too as we fully intend to be relentlessly touring it over the space of the year. Lots of people have been comparing it pop-punk from the early 2000s with a modern twist which is in a way what we were going for, that genre of music played a huge part in all of our lives and has been a true influence behind everything we do, so to kind of rekindle the flame of something that may have been burning out for a while now feels great.



The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach to the show?
I guess you could say so. At the end of the day this is still a headline set for us so naturally we’re going to want to play some slower more ambient stuff, we’ll just leave out anything too soppy!!

The finalists for HMA18 will be announced at this show – what’s your pick for Best Album?
If I had to go with a UK band it’d be While She Sleeps – You Are We. Non-UK would be Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore.

What’s the Manchester scene like right now? What bands are you most excited about?
The Manchester scene is pretty good right now, I think it’s the same as a lot of UK cities, you know what bands will do well and with the right push the shows can be great. UK bands in general I’m really excited about right now are; Holding Absence, Woes, Loathe, Casey, Better Days, The Gospel Youth.

What’s next for Milestones?
Hopefully lots more touring/shows and making sure that this album is heard everywhere possible!


HMA18 Launch Poster


Get tickets for the HMA18 Launch Event

You can get in the draw for free tickets to the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April by clicking here.

Two Minutes with Loathe: “The Liverpool scene is thriving once again”

With the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event fast approaching at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, we sat down for a second with Erik Bickerstaffe, guitarist/vocalist for Liverpool’s Loathe, who will be hitting the stage alongside Milestones and Cold Years.

How’s things with Loathe right now?
We’re progressing every day. Becoming exactly what we envisioned from the start through our efforts with our music and image, so things are going great.

Your new split EP with Holding Absence ‘As One’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
Phenomenal. We are currently in Europe for the last few days of our tour alongside Holding Absence and the response so far even in places we have never been before has blown us away, considering we are so proud of the release its wonderful to feel the love across Europe.



The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach?
Not at all. We’re Loathe for a reason, it goes without saying but we love all types of music so for us to be on a varied line up is something we honestly prefer as we get to experience different worlds of music in a live setting which we sometimes dont get to experience. We’re excited.

What’s the Liverpool scene like right now? What bands are you most excited about?
Thriving once again honestly, God Complex are the next thing you all need to be aware of. Your favourite new heavy band.

What’s next for Loathe?
Writing, touring, the usual stuff. Our main focus is more content overall to give everyone more of an insight into what Loathe is.


HMA18 Launch Poster


Get tickets for the HMA18 Launch Event

You can get in the draw for free tickets to the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April by clicking here.

HMA18 Partners with Public City PR

The Heavy Music Awards have partnered with world-class PR agency Public City for 2018.

The firm works on both press and radio fronts and boasts an incredible roster featuring many of heavy music’s key artists, including HMA17 finalists Deftones, Beartooth, A Day To Remember, The Dillinger Escape Plan.

Public City’s Director and Head Honcho Emma Van Duyts said, “As fans of the all encompassing genre known as Heavy Music, Public City are immensely proud to be working with the Heavy Music Awards. We are excited to help expand the reach of the awards in 2018 and beyond.”


HMA x Public City


HMAs co-founder Iain Johnson said, “We’re so happy to welcome Emma and the Public City team to the HMA party.

“Our philosophy is to spread the message of heavy music as a force for good, which sits perfectly with Public City’s own approach. From the first second we spoke with Public City, their enthusiasm and expertise in this field was evident, and their roster speaks for itself.

“This partnership helps us to grow further and underlines our commitment to building the HMAs into a truly international programme which shines as bright a light as possible on the amazing talent across the heavy music scene.”

Public City’s current roster also includes: Against Me!, Alien Ant Farm, Bad Rabbits, Bad Sign, The Black Queen, The Bronx, Cancer Bats, Citizen, Death From Above, Disturbed, Don Broco, Feed The Rhino, The Ghost Inside, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, Good Charlotte, He Is Legend, Lower Than Atlantis, Mallory Knox, Mariachi El Bronx, Mastodon, Moose Blood, Nervus, Our Hollow Our Home, Palm Reader, Parkway Drive, Quicksand, Henry Rollins, Slaves, Tonight Alive, Towers, The Used, Waterparks, Will Haven, Wu Tang Clan and You Me At Six.



For all press enquiries, please email team@heavymusicawards.com or call 01277 356200.

Seven Important Differences Between Home Insurance and Specialist Musical Insurance

Without a shadow of a doubt, the importance of touring and merchandise sales has increased for bands in this post-physical sales world. Protecting your equipment and stock is vital. Helping artists avoid the need for crowdfunding after a theft or road accident is something we feel is incredibly valuable, which is why we are so pleased to have Allianz Musical Insurance on-board as our Official Insurance Partner.

We’ve handed over the stage to Allianz Musical Insurance to explain the seven important differences between home insurance and specialist musical insurance.

Many musicians rely on their home insurance to cover their instruments, and we’re often asked how specialist musical insurance is different.

We know that policy documents are long and often daunting to read, so here’s a quick summary of the key differences between the two.

1. We’ll cover you for unlimited professional use

Whether you’re playing Shepherd’s Bush or your local pub circuit, we’ll cover you. But your home insurance may not. Even for small pub gigs or charity concerts, if money is being changed hands, it’s always worth checking if you’re covered.

2. We’ll cover your instrument for the exact value you tell us

Home insurance policies often have a value limit on personal effects – meaning your gear may not be entirely covered. If you own a large amount of equipment or anything particularly expensive, it’s best to double check how much you’re covered for. We’ll cover anything that you can play, for however much it’s worth.

3. You can cover multiple instruments on your policy from just £33 per year

Adding instruments to your home insurance might increase your premium, but this isn’t the case with our specialist musical insurance. No matter whether you’ve got one guitar or an entire studio filled with gear, we’ll cover you. In a band? Insure your instruments together and you may be eligible for a discount.

4. We’re music experts

Does your home insurer know the difference between a crash and a splash? With over 50 years of experience, we understand your needs as a musician, and know that things often don’t fit neatly into categorised boxes. Unlike home insurance, our insurance is designed with musicians in mind.

5. Our premiums won’t go up after a claim

Claiming on your home insurance might affect your premium or no claims discount, but not with our specialist insurance. And unlike home insurance, if you claim on your policy with us, you won’t have to pay an excess.*

*£100 excess applies for computer equipment.

6. We’ll cover loan instrument hire costs

If you play music for a living, we know that you can’t be without your instrument. That’s why we cover hire costs, so you won’t run into problems if your instrument is off for repair, or if you’re waiting on a replacement to arrive. Home insurance policies are not specifically created for specialist items such as instruments, so you should always check if hire costs are covered.

7. We’ll cover depreciation in value after repair

We understand that after repairs have been carried out, instruments don’t always play or look quite like they used to – that’s why we cover any loss in value after a repair. Your home insurer may cover repairs, but they may not cover depreciation in value afterwards. Every policy is different, so make sure you check what you’re covered for.



Find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance here.

It’s important to remember that most insurance policies will have different terms, conditions and benefit limits. To ensure you have the cover that’s right for you, make sure you understand what you’re covered for and how much you’ll be able to claim before taking out a policy.

Two Minutes with Cold Years: “There are so many new bands coming through and mixing it up.”

With the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event fast approaching at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, we grabbed a moment with our opening act, Aberdeen’s Cold Years.

How’s things with Cold Years right now?
Great. Really happy with how the record is being received. Going back to Europe for a headline tour and festivals. Kind of overwhelmed by the support we’ve had. Really grateful.

Your new EP ‘Northern Blue’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
It’s been great, people have been digging it and it’s made me really happy.

The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach?
It’s awesome. I think it’s such an awesome opportunity to see bands from all sorts of different backgrounds come together to just celebrate music.

The finalists for HMA18 will be announced at this show – what’s your pick for Best Album?
Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights.



What’s the Aberdeen scene like right now?
It’s changing. I feel like music is coming back. We never lost our scene completely but it definitely scaled itself back. There are so many new bands coming through and mixing it up.

What bands are you most excited about?
At the moment i have this huge obsession with Catfish & The Bottlemen. I really can’t wait for the next record. Van McCann is probably the coolest person that’s ever lived. I mean that guy is a frontman. That whole band screams talent and it’s so exciting to see a band like that conquer the world.

What’s next for Cold Years?
Touring, festivals, and writing another record.

Get tickets for the HMA18 Launch Event

You can get in the draw for free tickets to the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April by clicking here.

Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years Set For HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester

Three of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming bands will take the stage at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on Wednesday 25 April.

Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years will perform on the night alongside the live announcement of the HMA18 finalists, which will signal the opening of the public vote following nominations from several hundred individuals from right across the heavy music spectrum.

Manchester’s very own Milestones recently released their debut album ‘Red Lights’ on Fearless Records to critical acclaim, while enigmatic Liverpool metallers Loathe have been lighting up the underground on tour with Holding Absence, with whom they released the ‘As One’ split EP in February. Aberdeen’s Cold Years will open up the night following a headline tour of Germany in support of their brand new EP ‘Northern Blue’.

Tickets and Accreditation

Tickets for the event are free – but only available via a prize draw. To be in with a chance of picking up a pair, sign up here. For press accreditation, register here.

For any press or sponsorship enquiries, contact team@heavymusicawards.com





HMA18 Launch Poster

War Child UK Partners With Heavy Music Awards 2018

War Child UK, the charity for children affected by conflict, has been appointed an Official Charity Partner of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Since it launched in 1993, War Child UK has been harnessing the power of music to change lives for children forced to live with the brutality of war.

In 1995, the cream of the British music industry – including Paul McCartney, Oasis, Blur and Radiohead – got together to record the ‘Help’ album, which shot straight to the top of the charts raising £1.25 million to aid children caught up in war.

Today, 25 years on, War Child UK has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Amy Winehouse, Laura Marling, Jessie Ware, Royal Blood and Deaf Havana to produce festivals, film events and live gigs such as its famous BRITs Week together with O2 gigs.


War Child Live Show


In 2016, the charity reached 109,000 children and aims to reach 260,000 children affected by conflict in 2019.

As an Official Charity Partner of the Awards, War Child UK will receive exposure before and at the HMA18 events in Manchester in April and London in August.

Rich Clarke, Music & Entertainment Manager at War Child UK said: “We are honoured to be the Official Charity Partner of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

“Every day, we see the devastating impacts of war. More children than ever are displaced, many are robbed of their childhoods and are at constant risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. Music has helped us change the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, and partnerships like this enable us to raise awareness and bring hope to children whose lives have been torn apart by war.”

Iain Johnson, Co-Founder of the HMAs, said: “It is a privilege to offer our support to War Child UK, a charity that does amazing work to support vulnerable young people affected by the horrors of war.

“The heavy music scene cares, it cares deeply about vulnerable and disadvantaged people and we are proud to play our part in showing that.”

War Child UK works with some of the world’s most vulnerable children, providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to equip them with skills for the future.

It also campaigns for the rights of children and lobbies governments for protect their welfare and improve life chances.

It is estimated that, right now, over 30 million children have been forced to leave their homes or separated from their families because of military conflict.

The average time a person is displaced is 17 years, which can account for a whole childhood.

War Child UK works with its partners in 15 countries, from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan.

For more information or to make a donation visit Warchild.org.uk

About War Child UK

War Child is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war.

We protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay to support them through their recovery – helping to keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future.

We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan. Together with our partners we work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America.

We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them – campaigning on the root causes of conflict and demanding that children are at the centre of humanitarian response.

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Charity number: 1071659

Jackson Guitars Sponsors HMAs for Second Year

Jackson Guitars is backing the Heavy Music Awards for a second year.

The legendary guitar maker – which counts Christian Andreu from HMA17 Best International Band winner Gojira among its portfolio of artists – has given its name to the Best Live Band award this year.

Members of Slipknot, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Anthrax, Iron Maiden, Machine Head, Limp Bizkit, Trivium and Periphery also play Jackson models.

Jackson Guitars was founded in the 1970s in California, and manufactures a range of custom and production instruments.

Iconic Jackson models include the one that started it all the Randy Rhoads (RR), the Soloist (SL), the King V (KV), the Kelly (KE), the Warrior (WR) and the not so aptly named Dinky (DK). Plus of course the Concert Bass!

HMA18 will officially launch on April 25 at Gorilla in Manchester where the finalists will be unveiled on the same night that public voting opens.

The main event will take place at KOKO, London, on August 23.



Helen Varley, EMEA Head of Marketing for Jackson said: “Following the success of last year’s Heavy Music Awards we are very pleased and proud to be involved again.

“The HMAs is an inclusive and exciting platform which promotes the diverse range of heavy music and is for Jackson is a great opportunity to connect further with fans, artists and the wider music industry.”

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the HMAs, said: “We’re stoked to welcome Jackson back for HMA18.

“Anyone who knows metal knows Jackson is synonymous with heaviness – without question some of the most revered riffs in history were penned on Jackson guitars. The presence of Jackson’s instruments at HMA17 was hugely popular, so we’re excited to take things up a notch this year.”

Click here to explore the Jackson Guitars range.

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