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Two Minutes with Milestones: “We fully intend to be relentlessly touring”

It’s just a few weeks til the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, so we grabbed a moment with Manchester’s own Milestones – our headliners – who will be hitting the stage alongside Loathe and Cold Years.

How are things with Milestones right now?
Things are great for us right now thank you. We released our debut album a couple of weeks back, we’re heading out on some headline shows this week and we’re also getting to play HMA launch on top of having Slam Dunk to look forward to. There’s definitely a positive feel around all of our team at the moment!

Your debut album ‘Red Lights’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
It’s been great! It’s something our fans have been waiting for for a while so to give back to them is a great feeling after only having them listen to five songs previously. We feel as though the album is only going to improve too as we fully intend to be relentlessly touring it over the space of the year. Lots of people have been comparing it pop-punk from the early 2000s with a modern twist which is in a way what we were going for, that genre of music played a huge part in all of our lives and has been a true influence behind everything we do, so to kind of rekindle the flame of something that may have been burning out for a while now feels great.

 

 

The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach to the show?
I guess you could say so. At the end of the day this is still a headline set for us so naturally we’re going to want to play some slower more ambient stuff, we’ll just leave out anything too soppy!!

The finalists for HMA18 will be announced at this show – what’s your pick for Best Album?
If I had to go with a UK band it’d be While She Sleeps – You Are We. Non-UK would be Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore.

What’s the Manchester scene like right now? What bands are you most excited about?
The Manchester scene is pretty good right now, I think it’s the same as a lot of UK cities, you know what bands will do well and with the right push the shows can be great. UK bands in general I’m really excited about right now are; Holding Absence, Woes, Loathe, Casey, Better Days, The Gospel Youth.

What’s next for Milestones?
Hopefully lots more touring/shows and making sure that this album is heard everywhere possible!


 

HMA18 Launch Poster

 


Get tickets for the HMA18 Launch Event

You can get in the draw for free tickets to the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April by clicking here.

Two Minutes with Loathe: “The Liverpool scene is thriving once again”

With the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event fast approaching at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, we sat down for a second with Erik Bickerstaffe, guitarist/vocalist for Liverpool’s Loathe, who will be hitting the stage alongside Milestones and Cold Years.

How’s things with Loathe right now?
We’re progressing every day. Becoming exactly what we envisioned from the start through our efforts with our music and image, so things are going great.

Your new split EP with Holding Absence ‘As One’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
Phenomenal. We are currently in Europe for the last few days of our tour alongside Holding Absence and the response so far even in places we have never been before has blown us away, considering we are so proud of the release its wonderful to feel the love across Europe.

 

 

The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach?
Not at all. We’re Loathe for a reason, it goes without saying but we love all types of music so for us to be on a varied line up is something we honestly prefer as we get to experience different worlds of music in a live setting which we sometimes dont get to experience. We’re excited.

What’s the Liverpool scene like right now? What bands are you most excited about?
Thriving once again honestly, God Complex are the next thing you all need to be aware of. Your favourite new heavy band.

What’s next for Loathe?
Writing, touring, the usual stuff. Our main focus is more content overall to give everyone more of an insight into what Loathe is.


 

HMA18 Launch Poster

 


Get tickets for the HMA18 Launch Event

You can get in the draw for free tickets to the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April by clicking here.

Two Minutes with Cold Years: “There are so many new bands coming through and mixing it up.”

With the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event fast approaching at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, we grabbed a moment with our opening act, Aberdeen’s Cold Years.

How’s things with Cold Years right now?
Great. Really happy with how the record is being received. Going back to Europe for a headline tour and festivals. Kind of overwhelmed by the support we’ve had. Really grateful.

Your new EP ‘Northern Blue’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
It’s been great, people have been digging it and it’s made me really happy.

The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach?
It’s awesome. I think it’s such an awesome opportunity to see bands from all sorts of different backgrounds come together to just celebrate music.

The finalists for HMA18 will be announced at this show – what’s your pick for Best Album?
Deaf Havana – All These Countless Nights.

 

 

What’s the Aberdeen scene like right now?
It’s changing. I feel like music is coming back. We never lost our scene completely but it definitely scaled itself back. There are so many new bands coming through and mixing it up.

What bands are you most excited about?
At the moment i have this huge obsession with Catfish & The Bottlemen. I really can’t wait for the next record. Van McCann is probably the coolest person that’s ever lived. I mean that guy is a frontman. That whole band screams talent and it’s so exciting to see a band like that conquer the world.

What’s next for Cold Years?
Touring, festivals, and writing another record.


Get tickets for the HMA18 Launch Event

You can get in the draw for free tickets to the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April by clicking here.

Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years Set For HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester

Three of the UK’s most exciting up-and-coming bands will take the stage at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on Wednesday 25 April.

Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years will perform on the night alongside the live announcement of the HMA18 finalists, which will signal the opening of the public vote following nominations from several hundred individuals from right across the heavy music spectrum.

Manchester’s very own Milestones recently released their debut album ‘Red Lights’ on Fearless Records to critical acclaim, while enigmatic Liverpool metallers Loathe have been lighting up the underground on tour with Holding Absence, with whom they released the ‘As One’ split EP in February. Aberdeen’s Cold Years will open up the night following a headline tour of Germany in support of their brand new EP ‘Northern Blue’.

Tickets and Accreditation

Tickets for the event are free – but only available via a prize draw. To be in with a chance of picking up a pair, sign up here. For press accreditation, register here.

For any press or sponsorship enquiries, contact team@heavymusicawards.com

 

 

 

 

HMA18 Launch Poster

HMA18 Launch Event Announced for Gorilla Manchester

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.

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