The finalists for the Heavy Music Awards 2018 will be announced at a very special launch event on Wednesday 25 April, at Manchester’s Gorilla.

The show, which will see the shortlists revealed alongside the online announcement, will host performances from a number of acts spanning the heavy music scene. The full line-up will be announced shortly.

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “We already know that the HMA audience is truly global – we’ve welcomed visitors from over 160 countries to the website since we launched in March – many of them to vote for the HMA17 winners – and our judging panel is based all over the world.

“With that in mind, we’ve been building a programme for 2018 that looks to bring this celebration of heavy music out of the capital and onto the doorstep of fans who share this passion for heavy music.

“The team at Gorilla absolutely share our goal of spreading a positive message as far as possible, and shining a light on some incredibly talented individuals and artists.”

As with HMA18 at London’s KOKO, the launch event will welcome fans, alongside artists and industry. Tickets are not available to purchase – to be in with a chance of winning a pair, you just need to sign up to the HMA mailing list here.


HMA18 Gorilla


Photo by Jack Kirwin.