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.

Best Live Band to be Sponsored by Eagle Rock

Grammy Award-winning international music film producer Eagle Rock Entertainment is to sponsor the Best Live Band category at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Over 20 years the organisation has made and distributed films for a host of music heavyweights including The Rolling Stones, Queen, Sir Paul McCartney and U2.

Based in London, the company also counts Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Slipknot and Metallica among it film credits.

Eagle Rock – which is part of Universal Music Group – also operates two record labels namely Eagle Records and Armoury Records and in 2010 it won a Grammy Award for The Doors documentary, When You’re Strange.

Through its DVD releases of live performances and documentaries it has amassed no less than 38 multi-platinum awards, 50 platinum awards and 100 gold awards.

Eagle Rock’s Helen Buffett said, “Over the years Eagle Rock has worked with the biggest legends in Rock from Alice Cooper to the Rolling Stones.

“To continue this journey Eagle Rock have some exciting new titles to be announced, very soon.

“We are honoured to be involved in the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.”

She added, “We are passionate about live music and our aim is to celebrate artistic talent on-stage, while also allowing access for fans across the globe to experience these legendary live performances. For this reason we are delighted to be sponsoring ‘Best Live Band’.”

Co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Andy Pritchard, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Eagle Rock into the HMAs.

“For two decades they have been producing concert films and documentaries for some of the most legendary heavy music artists and bands ever and we’re very proud to offer a platform to promote and celebrate such a great collection of musicians and performances.”

To check out Eagle Rock’s current range of DVD, Blu-Ray and digital concert films and documentaries, visit eagle-rock.com.

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