Now the public voting has closed for the inaugural Heavy Music Awards, we are excited to reveal the longlist for Best Festival – a list of every single event nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

Unquestionably the UK is hotbed of amazing music festivals – for all genres – but the heavy music scene in particular is bursting with incredible events all year round, catering to all tastes.

The finalists in the Best Festival category – presented by Jackson Guitars – are as follows:

2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
ArcTanGent, Compton Martin
Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
Desertfest, London
Download Festival, Donington
Reading & Leeds Festival
Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham / Hatfield / Leeds


HMA17 Best Festival – The Longlist

2000 Trees
Arc Tan Gent
Beermageddon Metal Festival
Bloodstock Festival
Breaking Bands Festival
Camden Rocks
Damnation Festival
Doom Over London
Download Festival
Glastonbury Festival
Great Escape
Hard Rock Hell
Holy Roar Records’ Holy Roar X
HRH AOR Festival
HRH Doom v HRH Stoner
Incineration Festival
Isle Of Wight Festival
Live Evil
Macmillan Fest
Manchester Punk Festival
North of the Wall Festival
Outbreak Fest
Planet Rockstock
Ramblin’ Man Fair
Raw Power
Reading & Leeds Festival
Slam Dunk Festival
Sonic Rock Solstice
Stone Free Festival
Supersonic Festival
Teddy Rocks
UK Tech Fest