Sophie K and Alex Baker to Present Heavy Music Awards

Broadcasters Sophie K and Alex Baker are to present the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The duo – who both present popular shows on Kerrang! Radio – will take the helm at House of Vans London on August 24.

Sophie K presents the weekday breakfast show on the rock and metal station while Alex fronts Fresh Blood every Wednesday night.

Speaking to the HMAs Sophie K, who also presents for Scuzz TV and is UK correspondent for Alternative Press USA, said: “Before I even knew what the Heavy Music Awards were I said yes because I know the team from being the best at what they do.

“There is something so special about the HMAs and I feel it’s exactly what the British rock scene needs.

“While people are saying rock is dead, as fans we know its not.

“It’s as strong as it’s ever been, it’s just evolved. The HMAs is an award ceremony designed for the fans and already the level of response has proved how much rock fans care.

“The thing I love about this event is it is actually decided by fans, your votes genuinely matter.

“The tables have turned, the media used to tell us what to like and had all the power but now we decide.

“That is why I am so excited about the HMAs, we get to see which bands matter to you and for the first time show support to people who are making a big difference but often don’t get recognised, such as photographers. Plus its a chance to catch some great live music and have a few drinks, who wouldn’t be excited about that.”

Speaking on the HMAs, Alex Baker, who has been supporting and breaking new talent in the scene since 2007, said: “I am humbled and stoked beyond words to have been asked to present the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – it is a true celebration of the best of the best in our scene.

“I mean look at the fucking nominees! Actually stop for a moment and look at that list!! 100 per cent credibility, 100 per cent integrity. The House Of Vans is going to go off on the night, and I cannot wait.”

HMA17 Young Photographer Competition Winner Announced

The winner of the HMA17 Young Photographer Competition has been crowned following a furiously fought public vote.

Picking up well over 500 votes means Nathan Robinson‘s image of Trivium’s Matt Heafy at Manchester Academy is our winner.

Nathan will now be joining a host of professional photographers at HMA17 to shoot the red carpet, presentation and live bands at House of Vans London on 24 August.

The Young Photographer Competition has received a huge amount of interest since its launch, with more than 60,000 Facebook users viewing the finalists’ photographs in just 10 days. We’d like to express our gratitude to all photographers who took the time to enter, and to everyone who took the time to like and share the images.

Take a look at the full gallery here.

The Best Photographer category at HMA17 is presented by Olympus.

HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band Longlist Part 1: A-D

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, and in the run up to the event on August 24 at House of Vans London, we are revealing the longlists of our categories, as nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

For the Best Breakthrough Band category – presented by House of Vans London – we received almost 200 nominations – with the criteria stating that an artist must have released their first official single, EP or album in 2016.

With so many nominations, we have decided to break down the list into three segments. Below you’ll find the first part of the list, covering A through D.

The finalists, as announced in May, are:

Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

You can listen to tracks from each artist – and discover some new artists while you’re at it – via the embedded playlist at the bottom of this post.


HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band – The Longlist

Abandoned By Bears
Against The Current
Andy Black
Angel Du$t
Area 11
As Sirens Fall
Astroid Boys
Bad Omens
Bad Sign
Better Than Never
Big Jesus 
Big Spring
Black Foxxes 
Black Peaks
Blood Youth
Boston Manor 
Breathe in the Silence
Bright Curse
Broken Teeth
Buffalo Summer 
Can’t Swim
Carcer City
Chapter & Verse
Church Of The Cosmic Skull
Coast To Coast
Cover Your Tracks
Culture Abuse
Cursed Earth
Cyborg Octopus
Danny Worsnop
Darke Complex
Despite Everything
Dream Wife


EMP: “It’s going to be an amazing event”

With just over one month until the first Heavy Music Awards, we sat down at House of Vans London with Headline Sponsor EMP to chat about the big night and their ranges of exclusive merchandise.

EMP’s social media guru Elena Marastoni met music broadcaster Smiley Dave, watch the full interview below:


Believe Backs Best Producer Award at HMA17

The Best Producer category at the Heavy Music Awards 2017 is to be sponsored by Believe Distribution Services.

Believe offers a range of “smart” marketing and distribution services to labels and artists across the world including online distribution, trade marketing, video and unique synchronisation services.

The company prides itself as “a team of international music-loving professionals who have been handpicked from across the music industry to provide high level strategy and support to our clients”.

Believe’s client list includes Xtra Mile, One Little Indian, UNFD, Earache, and Season of Mist.

They will attend the Heavy Music Awards at House of Vans London on August 24 and present the Best Producer Award.

Andy Bibey, Senior Label Manager at Believe, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to further our involvement with the Heavy Music Awards and partner with them to support the very first (and hopefully annual) event.

“Believe are proud to be sponsors of the Best Producer category, which features an incredibly talented array of nominees.

“Working closely with labels and artists in this genre for distribution and marketing, it’s great to see the scene thriving like it currently is, thanks to the hard work by the producers, artists, labels, distributors and all others alike”.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are delighted to welcome Believe to the HMAs.

“Their involvement underlines the quality that is involved in all aspects of this event.”

Believe has over 400 employees globally with offices in France, UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, LATAM, Asia, Eastern Europe, The Middle East and Africa.

The company empowers artists and labels to maximize the value of their music in the transitioning digital music space by providing them with a full suite of services: digital music and video distribution, digital marketing and promotion services, synchronization and neighboring rights management, full label services including international physical distribution and campaign management, as well as in-house record label AllPoints, and DIY distribution platform TuneCore.

Believe prides itself on providing personal tailor made services for each label and artist and leverages its network of 32 offices around the world staffed with local music industry and digital marketing experts to support its clients on a global basis.

Championing innovation and transparency throughout its ten-year history, Believe has developed leading in-house technology as well as a range of analytical and promotional tools to help labels & artists leverage the benefits of digital.

Believe is the digital distribution home to the likes of Brownswood Recordings, Southern Fried, Hospital Records, Tru Thoughts, One Little Indian, Future Classic, World Circuit, Nettwerk Records, Soundway, Kartel Label Services, Xtra Mile Recordings, Saregama, Soulfood Distribution, Distri, AFM Records, Parov Stelar, K-Tel, Scorpio Music, Halidon, Chinese Man Records, Nowadays Records, Delicieuse Records, Prime Direct and Southern Record Distribution.

Believe’s in-house label AllPoints and Label Services department has delivered globally successful release campaigns for James Vincent McMorrow, Gavin James, Devlin, Youssoupha, Grand Corps Malade, Breton and Public Service Broadcasting, achieving multiple chart successes and sales certifications.

For more information, visit believemusic.com

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

HMA17 Best Album Longlist Revealed

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, we are excited to reveal the longlist for Best Album – a list of every single album nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

To underline the incredible strength in depth across today’s rock and metal landscape, the longlist includes a massive 165 albums and spans a huge variety of styles and subgenres.

The finalists, as announced in May, are:

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise / Producer: Matt Hyde)
Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph / Producer: Will Putney)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner / Producer: Joe Duplantier)
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Blackened / Producer: Greg Fidelman)
Oathbreaker – Rheia (Deathwish / Producer: Jack Shirley)
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (Vagrant / Producer: Eric Palmquist)

You can listen to tracks from every album – and discover some new artists while you’re at it – via the embedded playlist at the bottom of this post.


HMA17 Best Album – The Longlist

3 Doors Down – Us & The Night
40 Watt Sun – Wider Than The Sky
65daysofstatic – No Man’s Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe
A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations
Aborted – Retrogore
Against Me – Shape Shift With Me
Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Arc
Airbourne – Breaking Outta Hell
Alter Bridge – The Last Hero
Amenra – Alive
Angel Du$t – Rock The Fuck On Forever
Anthrax – For All Kings
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Area 11 – Modern Synthesis
Asking Alexandria – The Black
Avatar – Feathers & Flesh
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
Babymetal – Metal Resistance
Basement – Promise Everything
Beartooth – Aggressive
Belvedere – Revenge Of The Fifth
Biffy Clyro – Ellipsis
Billy Talent – Afraid of Heights
Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well
Black Peaks – Statues
Black Stone Cherry – Kentucky
Blink 182 – California
Blood Ceremony – Lord of Misrule
Blues Pills – Lady In Gold
Bossk – Audio Noir
Boston Manor – Be Nothing
Brian Fallon – Painkillers
Brutal Youth – Sanguine
Bury Tomorrow – Earthbound
Cane Hill – Smile
Carbomb – Meta
Casey – Love Is Not Enough
Cough – Still They Prey
Cult Of Luna & Julie Christmas – Mariner
David Bowie – Blackstar
Death Angel – The Evil Divide
Decsendents – Hypercaffium Spazzinate
Deftones – Gore
Delain – Moonbathers
Destroyer 666 – Wildfire
Devin Townsend Project – Transcendance
Downfall of Gaia – Atrophy
Dream Theater – The Astonishing
Elephant Tree – Elephant Tree
Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death
Evergrey – The Storm Within
Every Time I Die – Low Teans
Face To Face – Protection
Fallujah – Dreamless
Frameworks – Smother
Future of the Left – The Peace & Truth of Future of the Left
Garganjua – Garganjua
God Damn – Everything Ever
Gojira – Magma
Grand Magus – The Sword
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Hacktivist – Outside The Box
Hands Like Houses – Dissonants
Hatebreed – The Concrete Confessional
Head Wound City – A New Wave Of Violence
Heck – Instructions
Hellions – Opera Oblivia
Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
In Dynamics – Everything I See
Inglorious – Inglorious
Inter Arma – “Paradise Gallows”
Issues – Headspace
Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues
JPNSGRLS – Divorce
Killswitch Engage – Incarnate
King 810 – La Petit Mort Or A Conversation With God
King Dude – Sex
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
Knocked Loose – Laugh Tracks
Korn – The Serenity Of Suffering
Kvelertak – Nattesferd
Last In Line – Heavy Crown
Letlive – If I’m The Devil
Losers – How To Ruin Other People’s Futures
Marillion – FEAR
Megadeth – Dystopia
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason
Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct
Milk Teeth – Vile Child
Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
Monster Truck – Sittin’ Heavy
Moose Blood – Blush
Nails – You Will Never Be One Of Us
Napoleon – Newborn Mind
Necronautical – The Endurance at Night
Nervus – Permanent Rainbow
Neurosis – Fires Within Fires
Night Verses – Into The Vanishing Light
Norma Jean – Polar Similar
Normandie – Inguz
Nothing – Tired Of Tomorrow
Oathbreaker – Rheia
Oceans of Slumber – Winter
Of Mice & Men – Cold World
Old Corpse Road – Of Campfires and Evening Mists
Opeth – Sorceress
Oranssi Pazuzu – Varahtelija
Pain – Coming Home
Panic! At The Disco – Death Of A Bachelor
Periphery – Periphery III: Select Difficulty
Pierce The Veil – Misadventures
Pup – The Dream Is Over
Purson – Desire’s Magic Theatre
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway
Ricky Warwick – When Patsy Cline Was Crazy / Hearts On Trees
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
Royal Republic – Weekend Man
Russian Circles – Guidance
Sabaton – The Last Stand
Sixx:A.M. – Prayers For The Damned (Eleven Seven)
Skalmold – Vögguvísur Yggdrasils
Slaves – Take Control
Stone Broken – All In Time
Subrosa For This We Fought The Battle of Ages
Suicidal Tendencies – World Gone
Sum 41 – 13 Voices
Sumac – What One Becomes
Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave
The Agonist – Five
The Amity Affliction – This Could Be Heartbreak
The Answer – Solas
The Black Queen – Fever Daydream
The Dirty Nil – Higher Power
The Fall of Troy – Okay
The Hotelier – Goodness
The Interrupters – Say It Out Loud
The Melvins – Basses Loaded
The Quireboys – Twisted Love
Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
Thunder – All You Can Eat
Tiny Moving Parts – Celebrate
Too Close To Touch – I Haven’t Been Myself
Touché Amoré – Stage Four
Trade Wind – You Make Everything Disappear
Trap Them – Crown Feral
Trophy Eyes – Chemical Miracle
Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier
Tyketto – Reach
Useless I.D. – State Is Burning
Valley of the Sun – Volume Rock
Vanishing Life – Surveillance
Vektor – Terminal Redux
Violent Soho – WACO
Vola – Inmazes
Volbeat – Seal The Deal & Lets Boogie
Wardruna – Runaljod – Ragnarok
Waterparks – Double Dare
Weezer – The White Album
Whores. – Gold
Wolf People – Ruins
Wovenhand – Star Treatment
Wretch – Wretch
Yearbook – I Stop Somewhere Waiting For You
Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows II
Zoax – Zoax


HMA17 Best Photographer Longlist Revealed

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, we are excited to reveal the longlist for Best Photographer – a full list of every single photographer nominated by our judging panel of over 300 industry experts.

Incredibly we received nominations for over 170 photographers – you can take a look at the full list below.

The category – presented by Olympus – will see its winner crowned on August 24 at House of Vans London.


HMA17 Best Photographer – The Longlist

Mark Allan
Tom Barnes
Taylor Baron
Ashlea Bea
Penny Bennet
Sarah Louise Bennett
Falk-Hagen Bernshausen
Graham Berry
Peter Beste
Lisa Billingham
Svenja Block
Fernando Bonenfant
Justin Borucki
Joe Brady
Joe Brady
Derek Bremner
Cameron Brisbane
Steve Brown
PG Brunelli
Noel Buckley
John Burrows
Lindsey Byrnes
Stephanie Cabral
Juliette Carton
Scott Chalmers
Ryan Chang
Grace Chapman-Duke
Danny Clinch
Tina Coherty
Ian Collins
Gary Cooper
Tom Cosway
Ian Coulson
Corinne Cumming
Olly Curtis
Jordan Curtis Hughes
Shona Cutt
Cara Dattani
Miguel De Melo
Natasja de Vries
Jemma Dodd
Simon Dunkerley
Eric Duvet
Richard Ecclestone
Jacob Ehrbahn
Doug Elliot
Adam Elmakias
Max Fairclough
Rob Fenn
Corey Fernando
Ed Fielding
Graham Finney
Andy Ford
Shirlaine Forest
Mark Forrer
Katie Frost
Kyle Gaddo
Tony Gaskin
Steve Gerrard
Ben Gibson
Kris Gill
Tom Gold
Sophie Gray
Rachael Griffiths
Steve Gullik
Steven Haddock
Sam Haines
Oliver Halfin
Ross Halfin
Joshua James Halling
Paul Harries
Marianne Harris
Jay Hawkins
Brad Heaton
Kane Hibberd
Ali Horton
Rebecca Hughes
Mick Hutson
Elliott Ingham
Will Ireland
Don Jackson-Wyatt
Olivia Jaffe
Gobin Jhitta
Gobinder Jhitta
Lisa Johnson
Axel Jusseit
Adam Kennedy
Rachael King
Thomas Knight
Trudi Knight
Tina Korhonen
Marie Korner
Mark Latham
James Lehman
Andrew Lipovsky
Andre LL
Mark Lloyd
Jessi Lotti
Frank Maddocks
Zac Mahrouche
Tom Martin
Marcus Maschwitz
Ed Mason
Enzo Mazzeo
Clair McAllister
Katie McChillin
Jennifer McCord
John McMurtrie
Jess McPhee
Dominic Meason
Helen Messenger
Ed Miles
Bethan Miller
Ellie Mitchell
Marty Moffat
Alex Jay Moore
Tony Mottram
Carla Mundy
Rob Nankivell
Yaz Narcin
Rebecca Need-Menear
Sally Newhouse
Kevin Nixon
Danny North
Ashley Osborne
Al Overdrive
Angela Owens
Jake Owens
Scarlet Page
Danny Payne
Carrie-Anne Pollard
George Powell
Sabrina Ramdoyal
Brian Rasic
Thanira Rates
Tom Russell
Felix Russell-Saw
Jeremy Saffer
Andrea Saini
Fabiola Santini
Kennerdeigh Scott
Esther Segarra
James Sharrock
James Shaw
Travis Shinn
Sean Shore
Giles Smith
Emma Stone
John Stone
Nick Suchak
Robert Sutton
Emma Swann
Connie Taylor
Ian Taylor
Gavin Thane
Matt Thomas
Justine Trickett
Tim Tronckoe
Gary Trueman
Will Tudor
Carly Tyrell
Leigh Van Der Byl
Geordy Van Velzen
Pierre Veillet
James Warbey
Matt Waterhouse
Jonathan Weiner
Jay Wennington
Frank White
John Williams
Natalie Wood
Martina Wörz

Olympus Sponsors Best Photographer at HMA17

Imaging giant Olympus is to sponsor the Best Photographer award at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Olympus will take to the HMA17 stage at House of Vans London on August 24 to help present the award.

The seven finalists in the Best Photographer category are Tom Barnes, Corinne Cumming, Ben Gibson, Ross Halfin, Paul Harries, Jennifer McCord and John McMurtrie.

Georgina Pavelin, Marketing Manager, explained why Olympus chose to get involved: “Olympus is celebrating music photography by supporting our friends at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

“Many photographers choose this genre for their passion – or in fact – music photography chooses them – and we are proud to sponsor the Best Photographer category to recognise some fantastic talent and inspiring imagery.

“Olympus are working with various music photographers to share this message; from father and son team, Ross and Oliver Halfin, Tony McGee with his iconic Bowie images, Jill Furmanovski with Rock Archives collection and many more; we want to educate and support photographers at all stages to create high quality images that last.

“Music photography is notoriously tough; whether just starting out and getting jostled in the crowds, dropping your kit in the mud, finding the right lenses to capture the stage and working with difficult lighting; we are pleased to launch our flagship OM-D EM-1 Mark II camera to deliver in tough environments.

“Compatible also with our audio music recorders and LS-100 multi track, you have the perfect solution for great images, video, audio and more!”

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “We are thrilled to have Olympus, a true photography powerhouse, behind the HMAs.

“We received nominations for almost 150 photographers for HMA17 – the strength in depth is absolutely staggering. With that in mind, we feel strongly that music photographers deserve more recognition across the board and we are very proud to help celebrate their work with the help of Olympus.”

To explore the Olympus range of camera and audio equipment click here.

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