Ticketmaster Returns to Sponsor Best Festival at HMA20

Global ticketing giant Ticketmaster will partner with the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year, stepping up their involvement to act not only as Official Ticketing Partner, but also for the first time as sponsor of the Best Festival category.

Having been involved with the HMAs since 2018, this agreement sees a significant step up in support for the scheme, and will once again provide market-leading ticketing support for the event on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Bonita McKinney, Ticketmaster’s Business Development Manager – Music & Festivals, said, “From alt to prog and the heaviest of the heavy, metal and rock has always been massively important to us at Ticketmaster.

“This was our 16th year working with Download Festival and also saw us working with venues and promoters Fuel Rock Club, Sin City, Marshall Live and Damnation Festival to name a few. It really meant a lot to us when Slipknot got number one back in August as we’ve worked with their team for a while, and continue to champion heavy artists such as Black Futures, Holding Absence, Vukovi and Yungblud across our discovery platforms.

“We are really excited to be sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a third year, and look forward to celebrating the achievements of this loyal and passionate industry.”

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Dave Bradley said, “Ticketmaster have been a wonderful partner of the HMAs for a long time now, so it’s great to be welcoming them back in a significantly expanded role for 2020. Ticketmaster’s team are incredibly passionate about pushing the rock and metal cause on the biggest stage. It’s a real privilege to work alongside them for HMA20.”



The Best Festival category was won by Bloodstock Open Air in 2019 (pictured above), with Download Festival and Hellfest Open Air picking up the award in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Public voting for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards will open on 12 Feb 2020.

Heavy Music Awards Return for 2018

The dust has barely settled on the first ever Heavy Music Awards, but today we are very excited to announce the event will return in 2018 with a full programme across the calendar year which will shine an even brighter light on the heavy music scene’s incredible talent both on and off stage.

Earlier this year, the inaugural HMAs received almost 100,000 votes from the public and crowned its first winners in August – Architects (Best Album), Enter Shikari (Best Live Band), Ghost (Best Album Artwork), Black Sabbath (Best UK Band), Gojira (Best International Band), I Prevail (Best Breakthrough Band), O2 Academy Brixton (Best Venue), Ben Gibson (Best Photographer), Download Festival (Best Festival), and Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd (Best Producer).

We’re not giving the whole game away just yet, but we can reveal HMA18 will once again take place in London on Thursday 23 August 2018, with a number of additional announcements due in the coming months.

New Categories

We’ve also given the categories a little reworking to underline our philosophy of giving exposure to up-and-coming artists alongside the established heavyweights. With that in mind, we’ve split the Best Breakthrough Band category in two – to create Best UK Breakthrough Band and Best International Breakthrough Band.

In addition, with more and more festival goers travelling abroad, we have opened nominations for Best Festival to the whole world.

We’ll be back with more announcements very, very soon.

Heavy Music Awards 2017

Creeper headlined HMA17 at House of Vans London



Sponsorship Opportunities

If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities for HMA18, please email team@heavymusicawards.com or call 01277 356200.

HMA17 Best Festival Longlist Revealed

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

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