New look set-up to feature exclusive, full live performances by The Hunna, Holding Absence, Heart Of A Coward, Wargasm, Coldbones and HAWXX.

Due to the ongoing global situation, the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards will now take place online, premiering on Twitch from 8.30pm BST on Thursday 3 September.

The show will be presented live from the Heavy Music Awards’ London offices by Kerrang! Radio presenters Sophie K and Jon Mahon.

Amazon Music celebrates its first year as headline sponsor of the HMAs by presenting both the Best Album and Best UK Band awards, while further categories are backed by the likes of Ticketmaster, O2 Forum Kentish Town, eOne, Primordial Radio, Moshhh, AfterLive Music and Subfrantic.

In addition, the event will feature full live performances by some of rock and metal’s most exciting artists, filmed at the state-of-the-art AfterLive Music / Subfrantic studios by long-time HMA partners Moshhh.

The live line-up comprises six acts, perfectly representing the broad spectrum of UK rock and metal in 2020, including London’s fast-rising alt-metal quartet HAWXX, instrumental prog metallers Coldbones, industrial-tinged punk outfit Wargasm, and much-loved metal heavyweights Heart Of A Coward.

Following a recent headline run that saw them fill London’s Scala, Welsh four piece Holding Absence will bring their soaring choruses to the HMA20 stage, warming things up nicely for headliners The Hunna. Fresh from recording their latest EP ‘I Wanna Know’ in LA with legendary producer John Feldmann – which features a guest appearance by Blink-182’s Travis Barker – the band most recently electrified London with a sold out headline show at O2 Academy Brixton.

Prior to the main event, the official pre show will be hosted by Sophie K and Jon Mahon from 8.30pm BST, while the official after show will begin at 10.30pm exclusively on the Primordial Radio Twitch channel, with presenters Moose and Pete welcoming live guests to chat about the winners and performances.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “The adversity facing live music right now made us even more determined to keep the HMAs alive. We believe it’s more important than ever to shout as loud as we can about the exceptional talent across heavy music – from the artists to the hard working teams behind the scenes – and we are proud to do our part to keep the wheels turning until normality returns.”

The Heavy Music Awards will be streaming on Twitch from 8.30pm BST, Thursday 3 September 2020.

Listen to the Official Heavy Music Awards 2020 Playlist on Amazon Music here.


Heavy Music Awards 2020