Jackson Guitars Sponsor Best Festival at HMA17

Jackson Guitars has lent its iconic name to the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The Californian-based manufacturer – which counts members of such diverse acts as Iron Maiden, Lamb of God, Megadeth, Anthrax, Machine Head, Limp Bizkit, Trivium, Gojira and Periphery among its artist portfolio – will sponsor and present the Best Festival Award at HMA17 on August 24.

The finalists for the Best Festival award are 2000 Trees, ArcTanGent, Bloodstock Open Air, Desertfest, Download, Reading & Leeds, and Slam Dunk.

Jackson Guitars – synonymous with breakthrough designs – was founded in the late 1970s and produces a series of custom and production instruments.

Iconic Jackson models include the Kelly™, King V™, Double Rhoads, Soloist™, bolt-on neck Dinky™, Concert™ Bass PC1 (based on Jackson’s signature model for Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen) and their most outlandish body design, the X-shaped Warrior™.

The HMA event, at House of Vans London, will feature a showcase display of Jackson Guitars allowing guests to shred on some of the latest models.

Helen Varley, EMEA Head of Marketing for Jackson said: “We are thrilled to support the new Heavy Music Awards and help to celebrate the diverse world of rock and metal music”.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the HMAs, said: “It is an honour to welcome such a globally revered brand to the Heavy Music Awards.

“Jackson Guitars has a rich heritage of working with some of the most iconic guitarists in rock and metal history and we’re privileged to have them sponsor the Best Festival award.

“We look forward to welcoming the Jackson team to the HMAs and giving our guests the chance to get hands on with these amazing instruments.”

Click here to explore the Jackson Guitars range

Category Spotlight: Best Breakthrough Band

We’re taking a closer look at the finalists for the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – if you’re still trying to decide your favourite, or if you’d like to discover some new artists, this is a great place to start.

First up it’s Best Breakthrough Band, a category presented by House of Vans London.

Please note: judges had the option to keep their votes private. The lists you see below are from judges who were happy to publicise their selections, and are not an indication of the total number of nominations.

Black Foxxes

Following their acclaimed debut EP ‘Pines’, Black Foxxes released their debut album ‘I’m Not Well’ via Spinefarm in 2016. The Plymouth trio have rapidly built a dedicated fanbase thanks to non-stop touring and an ability to craft songs that marry melody, heaviness and a bristling nervous energy to devastating effect.

Black Foxxes received nominations from*: Jamie Otsa (Wall of Sound PR), Dave Rajan (Parlophone), Andy Bayley (Spinefarm), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Louis Dale (Eagle Rock), Helen Buffett (Eagle Rock), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show), Tom Stabb (Sony)…

Black Peaks

Brighton’s Black Peaks formed in 2012 under the name Shrine, and have gone on to produce a debut album, ‘Statues’, that is beloved to critics, fans and fellow artists. Vocalist Will Gardner possesses a unique range, often pivoting from guttural bellows to a delicate falsetto to rabid screams in the same song. The band’s invitation to open for fellow HMA17 finalists Deftones at their mammoth Wembley Arena show demonstrates their acceptance at the top table of heavy music.

Black Peaks received nominations from*: Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Rob Collins (Cooking Vinyl), Lauren Reading-Gloversmith (Inception PR), Lottie Hunt (BIMM), Mark Rawlings (EMP), Andy Saiker (Warner), Callum Galbraith (Universal), Christopher Lee (Punktastic), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show), Warul Islam (Communion)…


One of two Welsh five-piece acts on this shortlist, Casey released their debut album ‘Love Is Not Enough’ on Hassle Records (Lonely The Brave, We Are The Ocean) at the tail end of 2016. The band bring together emotionally-charged post-hardcore with crushing, intricate guitarwork in the vein of California’s scene stalwarts Being As An Ocean, underpinned by a fragility that belies their tender years. This year has already seen their stock rise thanks to a string of high energy live shows, but the best, most excitingly, is yet to come.

Casey received nominations from*: Dom Patience (Chalk Inc), Paul Towers (Impericon), Luke Logemann (UNFD), Zach Redrup (Dead Press), Steph Van Spronsen (Live Nation), Satvir Bhamra (Warner), Andrew Dex (Stencil)…


South coast alt-rockers Dead! have been building a buzz thanks to a huge raft of live shows – often in rooms that could barely call themselves venues – and yet, most satisfyingly, the band have been delivering on the hype. Their music is relentlessly adventurous and almost impossible to categorise, but having signed to Infectious/BMG for the UK and Rise Records in the US, Dead! look set to continue their sonic assault in a big way.

Dead! received nominations from*: Jack Parker (All Things Loud), Tom Lynam (Tone Management), Arun Chamba (Shazam), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Andy Bayley (Spinefarm)…

I Prevail

While their social numbers may be lightyears ahead of many of their contemporaries, Michigan’s I Prevail are the archetypal overnight success – four years on from their formation, the band are now enjoying success on an international level thanks to their 2016 debut album ‘Lifelines’. The band’s twin vocal set-up gives them scope to explore many aspects of the heavy spectrum, but I Prevail always keep the energy levels up to create an exciting live spectacle.

I Prevail received nominations from*: Smiley Dave (DJ / Presenter), Sian Hainsworth (Freelance), Sophie K (Freelance), Kieron Fensome (Guitarguitar), Sue Reinhardt (Eleven Seven)…

Venom Prison

Welsh five-piece Venom Prison bring brutally relentless death metal to the HMA party alongside some refreshingly unflinching lyrics taking in a variety of social and political issues. Fronted by Larissa Stupar – who is rapidly making her name for herself thanks to some vicious vocal performances on debut album ‘Animus’ – and backed by a band that is taking a new approach to traditional death metal, Venom Prison are earning new fans fast and can look ahead to a very bright future.

Venom Prison received nominations from*: Thea de Gallier (Freelance), Lais Martins-Waring (LD Communications), Simon Robinson (Tour Manager), Paul Towers (Impericon), Jamie Graham (Sumerian), Dean Whitaker (Imperial), Callum Galbraith (Universal)…

Zeal & Ardor

Zeal & Ardor is a unique musical project fusing black metal and traditional slave songs, started by Manuel Gagneux, a Swiss-American musician who had previously created a chamber pop project called Birdmask. The band’s star has risen quickly, with debut album ‘Devil Is Fine’ hitting Bandcamp in 2016 to widespread acclaim, before a re-release on MKVA in early 2017.

Zeal & Ardor received nominations from*: Sam Kelly-Wallace (Jackson), Judith Fisher (BJF PR)…


*This list is just a selection of judges to have nominated this artist.

The Pit Signs Up For HMA17

A social platform, which celebrates all things in the world of heavy music through Facebook, is sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

The Pit is rapidly building a community of passionate rock and metal fans, uniting them through great music, news, giveaways and humour. Since launching earlier this year, The Pit has amassed 105,000 fans on Facebook and regularly reaches millions of metal heads worldwide.

The Pit will sponsor the “Best Album Artwork” award at HMA17 and the team will attend the big night on August 24 at House of Vans London.

A spokesman for The Pit told the HMAs: “As another fresh face to the heavy music space, we’re delighted to join forces with the Heavy Music Awards to bring the most passionate fans in the world the best in all things heavy.”

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

“It’s great news all around. The Pit are building something really exciting, a genuinely switched-on community, so it’s great to partner that with the HMAs.”

To explore The Pit you can visit their Facebook page.

Category Spotlight: Best UK Band

We’re taking a closer look at the finalists for the inaugural Heavy Music Awards – if you’re still trying to decide your favourite, or if you’d like to discover some new artists, this is a great place to start.

First up it’s Best UK Band, a category presented by Uprawr.

Please note: judges had the option to keep their votes private. The lists you see below are from judges who were happy to publicise their selections.


The release of ‘All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us’ preceded a period of intense public grief for Brighton’s Architects, following the passing of guitarist Tom Searle. The band had just turned in what many critics hailed as a career-best album, and yet, even with such a huge emotional challenge to overcome, the band continue to build a reputation for their incendiary live show and genuine connection with their fanbase.

Architects received nominations from*: Tom Taaffe (UTA), Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR), Warul Islam (Communion), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Tom Stabb (Sony), Alex Herron (Scuzz), Sophie K (Freelance), Peu Cheung (ADA), Paul Towers (Impericon), Luke Logemann (UNFD), Louis Dale (Eagle Rock), James Monteith (Hold Tight PR), Joe Naan (Live Nation)…

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro straddle the fence between rock and pop – with a set that can easily be tweaked for Download or BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend – but with a catalogue that features more than its fair share of genuinely enormous riffs, their place among more traditionally heavy artists is assured. Seventh album ‘Ellipsis’ was released in July 2016 and promptly set up camp at the top of album charts in five countries, giving the Scottish trio their second UK number one album.

Biffy Clyro received nominations from*: Christian D’Acuna (The O2), Roberto Bua (Twickets), Smiley Dave (DJ / Presenter), Carly Maile (Somethin’ Else), Jo Kendall (Freelance), Jennyfer J. Walker (Freelance), Jack Parker (All Things Loud)…

Black Peaks

Brighton’s Black Peaks formed in 2012 under the name Shrine, and have gone on to produce a debut album, ‘Statues’, that is beloved to critics, fans and fellow artists. Vocalist Will Gardner possesses a unique range, often pivoting from guttural bellows to a delicate falsetto to rabid screams in the same song. The band’s invitation to open for fellow HMA17 finalists Deftones at their mammoth Wembley Arena show demonstrates their acceptance at the top table of heavy music.

Black Peaks received nominations from*: Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Rob Collins (Cooking Vinyl), Lauren Reading-Gloversmith (Inception PR), Lottie Hunt (BIMM), Mark Rawlings (EMP), Andy Saiker (Warner), Callum Galbraith (Universal), Christopher Lee (Punktastic), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show)…

Black Sabbath

If you need an introduction to Black Sabbath, you’re on the wrong website.

Black Sabbath received nominations from*: Michelle Wood (Songkick), Renaud Doucet (Deezer), Ben Ward (UTA), Tony Wilson (TotalRock), Tom Lynam (Tone Management), Will Beardmore (Warner), Ryan J. Downey (Superhero Artist Management)…

Bring Me The Horizon

Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon have carved out a career many of their contemporaries can only envy – creative freedom, a steady growth to arena-level success across the world, and – almost in spite of their detractors – the talent and courage to venture into areas few would even dream of visiting. The success of their 2016 Royal Albert Hall show in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust – backed by a full orchestra – hints at even more exciting curveballs in the future.

Bring Me The Horizon received nominations from*: Andrew Daw (Universal), Jon Mahon (Generation Entertainment), Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show), Helen Buffett (Eagle Rock), Jack Davis (Uprawr), Mel Clarke (DJ), Paul Shuff (Freelance), James Loughrey (Producer), Lais Martins Waring (LD Communications)…


Having emerged from Southampton’s dark underworld and signed to Roadrunner Records, Creeper have made fast work of winning over fans and industry alike. Their debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms’ arrived in March 2017, but while their rapid success has elevated them to cover stars seemingly overnight, it is the band’s impeccable attention to songcraft and visual detail that has transcended the horror punk scene they cherish so dearly, firming up that indisputable connection with listeners of all ages and backgrounds.

Creeper received nominations from*: Gus Hully (Official Charts Company), Will Beardmore (Warner), Mike Heath (Dead Press), Dave Rajan (Parlophone), Jack Parker (All Things Loud), Jamie Graham (Sumerian), Liam Spencer (Artery Global), Chloe Scannapieco (Freelance), Jack McGurran (Rock Entertainment), James Isaacs (Blackfinch Design), Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal), Emma Davis (CAA), Corinne Cumming (Captured By Corinne), Lauren Reading-Gloversmith (Inception PR)…

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes

Having enjoyed critical success in both Gallows and Pure Love, Frank Carter’s latest project sees him settling into a role that the Watford vocalist says himself fits better than ever. Their relentless touring schedule has seen them build a reputation as a fearsome live spectacle, while the fearlessness of their songwriting endears the band to fans of anything from crusty streetpunk to Britpop.

Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes received nominations from*: Christopher Lee (Punktastic), Sue Reinhardt (Eleven Seven), Will Beardmore (Warner), Judith Fisher (BJF Media & PR), Mike James (TotalRock), Christian D’Acuna (The O2), Ben Davis (Ben Davis Touring), Adrian Storry (DJ / Promoter), Steph Van Spronsen (Live Nation)…


*This list is just a selection of judges to have nominated this artist.

Rocksteady Backs Heavy Music Awards 2017

The UK’s largest rock school for children has been named an “Official Supporter” of the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Now in its tenth year, Rock Steady Music School is inspiring a new generation of young people and teaches more than 10,000 four to eleven year old’s every week to play music in their own bands, while also providing full-time employment opportunities to credible musicians all over the country.

Music industry veteran and CEO of Rocksteady, Scott Monks said: “I have been impressed by the level of involvement Heavy Music Awards has achieved from the industry and also their voting mechanic which uses credible industry experts in a vote to create a list of nominees and then ultimately gives the fans the final say.

“Rocksteady love to celebrate all that is good about the music scene, plus we love a good party so I said count us in!”

Explaining why it is important to empower young people through music at an early age, Monks added: “Through our unique methodologies and passionate culture developed over the last ten years, we are able to get any child playing real music on quality instruments in their own band within ten minutes, even if they have never played before.

“This has a massive impact on their confidence and is transformational for music education.”

The team at Rocksteady will attend HMA17 at House of Vans London on August 24.

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “Discovering and nurturing talent is such an important part of the music scene and we are very proud to be working with Rocksteady Music School to showcase the opportunities they provide for young children, many of whom will be picking up a guitar or drumstick for the first time.”

Rocksteady is the largest and fastest growing rock school for children in the UK.

In addition to weekly band lessons to more than 10,000 kids, Rocksteady also delivers free live music experiences to tens of thousands of children every year.

Through its in-house, self-funded Rocksteady Foundation, Rocksteady also provides free charity days and hundreds of free bursary spaces to young people who would not otherwise be able to access the programme.

More information about Rocksteady can be found at rocksteadymusicschool.com or by emailing info@rocksteadymusicschool.com

Heavy Music Awards 2017 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Heavy Music Awards 2017 have been announced.

Following an intensive period of voting by more than 300 of the music industry’s leading lights, the final seven for each category at the inaugural Heavy Music Awards have been unveiled.

Spread across ten categories, the finalists represent the heavy music industry’s favourite artists, albums, album covers, photographers, producers, venues and festivals for the calendar year of 2016 – taking in everything from undisputed heavyweights to the very freshest artists on the scene.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “We are so excited to see that the industry has produced shortlists that span the vast breadth of the heavy music landscape.

“Beyond the seven finalists in each category, the judges produced a staggeringly comprehensive list of nominees – almost 150 individuals were nominated for Best Photographer, while a similar number were put forward for Best Producer. A huge testament to the strength in depth currently on offer across this amazing scene.

“Rock and metal fans are among the most loyal and well-informed music lovers on the planet, so it comes as no surprise to see such an eclectic mix of the absolute highest quality. Every one of these finalists would be a worthy winner – but it’s up to the public to decide who that should be!”



The HMA17 Finalists

BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
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)

BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
Architects (Epitaph)
Biffy Clyro (Warner)
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Sabbath (Vertigo)
Bring Me The Horizon (Columbia)
Creeper (Roadrunner)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)

A Day To Remember (ADTR)
Beartooth (Red Bull)
Deftones (Reprise)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)
Metallica (Blackened)

BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Architects (Epitaph)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (Party Smasher)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista)
Gojira (Roadrunner)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
Black Peaks (Easy Life)
Black Foxxes (Universal)
Casey (Hassle)
Dead! (Infectious)
I Prevail (Fearless)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
Zeal & Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph)
Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well (Universal)
Deftones – Gore (Reprise)
Ghost – Popestar (Loma Vista)
Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner)
Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
Opeth – Sorceress (Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast)

Tom Dalgety
John Feldmann
Greg Fidelman
Matt Hyde
Dan Lancaster
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
Will Putney

Tom Barnes
Corrine Cumming
Ben Gibson
Ross Halfin
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
John McMurtrie

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

Black Heart, Camden
The Dome, Tufnell Park
KOKO, Camden
O2 Academy, Brixton
O2 Forum, Kentish Town
Rock City, Nottingham
The Underworld, Camden



The Heavy Music Awards 2017 will take place on 24 August at House of Vans London.


Voting closes 5pm, 30 June 2017.

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.

Cloven Hoof Rum Partners With HMA17

The Heavy Music Awards is delighted to raise a glass to Cloven Hoof Spiced Rum, an official Drinks Partner for the event.

Imported from Guyana and Trinidad and blended with a secret concoction of natural spices, Cloven Hoof is a new spirit created by “a bunch of rebels and renegades from Sussex who love rum and drinking with good mates”.

Paul Stanley, the main behind Cloven Hoof Spice Rum, said: “We are honoured and immensely excited to be an official partner of the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.

“The voting system is the best out there, with no politics and the fans having the final say.

“There is so much synergy with our ethos and this event we simply had to commit to.

“Cloven Hoof was born out of a passion for the rock and metal scene, not just the music, but the imagery, the people, and the spirit of a festival.

“We don’t do corporate and main stream events, so the Heavy Music Awards gives us a great chance to raise a glass with our own people, the real music fans, and crucially to celebrate the achievements of proper bands …….. we can’t wait to Raise The Hoof!”

EMP Headline Sponsor of Heavy Music Awards 2017

Rock and metal merchandise company, EMP, has been confirmed as Headline Sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

Described as “Europe’s leading multi-channel retailer of music and entertainment-inspired apparel and accessories”, EMP will present the award for Best Album at the inaugural HMAs on August 24 at House of Vans London.

Having become a regular fixture across the heavy music landscape both in the retail and the live music arena, EMP will now enjoy exposure at the event, through the HMAs’ rapidly expanding online audience, and via the extensive television coverage on Sky channel 367 thanks to our Broadcast Partner, Scuzz.

EMP’s Ajay Nassa said: “As Europe’s number one retailer of rock and metal merchandise, EMP is a natural fit to partner with the Heavy Music Awards.

“Founded over 30 years ago in Lingen, Germany by a group of die-hard rock and metal fans, we now operate in 18 countries across Europe, with more than 11,000 pieces of band merchandise available, including hundreds of exclusive items unavailable anywhere else.

“Sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards is a chance for EMP to engage with its fans and celebrate the talent and diversity of the metal world and its importance within the music industry.”

You can explore EMP’s Online Store at this location.

HMA Judging Panel Triples In Size, Surpasses 300

The number of judges at the Heavy Music Awards has exploded to 308, with WWE superstar Chris Jericho among the latest to get involved.

This week a further 203 individuals from a huge range of globally-renowned organisations signed up to nominate their picks across ten categories at the first Heavy Music Awards.

Joining a list that had already been described as “a who’s who of heavy music”, the new additions represent the likes of Parlophone, Shazam, Universal, Earache, X-Ray, Punktastic, Ticketmaster, AEG, CAA, Live Nation France, The O2, The Lad Bible, Eleven Seven, Sony Music, Groezrock, Uprawr, Red Bull Records, ADA, KROQ, EMP, Kerrang! TV, Century Media, LD Communications, ITB, Songkick, Hopeless Records, Gibson Guitars, Impericon, Association of Independent Festivals, Twickets, Jackson Guitars, Coda, Mascot Label Group, Avocado Booking and many, many more.

The panel is currently casting votes to decide the finalists of the HMAs, before the public votes to pick winners. The event itself will take place in London on August 24.

Atlantic Records’ Chris Ruff, known for his work with Halestorm, Shinedown and Paramore, and another esteemed member of the HMAs judging panel, said: “It’s a pleasure to be asked to be involved in the inaugural Heavy Music Awards.

“Heavy music shapes the vast majority of my listening habits, and I’m looking forward to helping celebrate the immeasurable impact of heavy music both past and present.”

Dave Bradley, co-founder of the HMAs, revealed that he had been “staggered” by the heavy music industry’s reaction to the Awards.

He said: “This new announcement of additional judges once again underlines our absolute determination to create a truly democratic panel.

“In the same way a film fan can trust the Oscars to present a shortlist of unerring quality, we want everyone – even someone who is totally unfamiliar with heavy music – to be able to take it for granted that any finalist at the HMAs is operating at an extremely high level. A judging panel of several hundred goes a long way to guaranteeing that.”



Heavy Music Awards – The New Judges

Jessica Acreman, Universal Music Group
Mark Adams, Kerrang! TV
Matt Akana, Century Media Records
Haaris Bambi Ali, Public City PR
Mark Andrews, Pro Wrestler
Tim Bailey, MJR Group
Alex Baker, Kerrang! Radio
David Ball, CAA
Emma Banks, CAA
Adam Bantz, Global Production Management
Si Barbour-Brown, Sharper Group
Duff Battye, Duff Press
Will Beardmore, Warner Music
Jim Beerman, TotalRock
Olivier Behzadi, Gibson Guitars
Luke Bell, Freelance
Simon Binns, The Lad Bible
Ajay Bisset, Designer
Ben Bowers, Tour Manager
Derek Brewer, The Manifest Group
Mercedes Brown, Sony Music
Renae Brown, Association of Independent Festivals
Tom Brumpton, Polymath PR
Roberto Bua, Twickets
Adam Thomas Bulleid, Universal Music Group
Lee Burgess, Thirty Century Management
Ian Camfield, Alt AZ 93.3
Barry Campbell, JABA Music
George Cappellini Jr, G&G Management
George Cappellini Sr, G&G Management
Jamie Carter, Warner Music
James Cassidy, JABA Music
Damien Chamard Boudet, Live Nation France / Download Festival (Paris)
Arun Chamba, Shazam
Peu Cheung, ADA / Warner Music (UK)
Donnay Clancy, The Noise Cartel
Nathan Clark, Complete Tours
Hayley Clarke, Somethin’ Else
Mel Clarke, DJ / Model
Andy Clayton, Coda Agency
Hayley Codd, Public City PR
Ian Collins, Ian Collins Photography
Natalie Conway, High Road Publicity
Jordan Cooper, Moth Lights
Jenny Cotter, The Noise Cartel
Corinne Cumming, Captured By Corinne
Christian D’Acuña, The O2
Tom Dark, Warner Music
Smiley Dave, DJ / Presenter
Ben Davis, Ben Davis Touring
Emma Davis, CAA
Jack Davis, Uprawr
Thea de Gallier, Freelance
Filipe de Melo, Tour Manager / Sound Engineer
Andrew Dex, Stencil Magazine
Romesh Dodangoda, Producer
James Lee Dowell, Pro Wrestler
Tom Doyle, Freelance
Jenny Entwistle, Chuff Media
Aislinn Fairbanks, Fairbanks Endorsements
Shaun Faulkner, X-Ray Touring
Matt Feldman, Iron Management
Lewis Felstead, Uprawr
Kieron Fensome, GuitarGuitar
Edward Fenwick, Firebrand
Karen Fossey, ITB
Callum Galbraith, Universal Music Group
James Gall, Fire and Air
Simon Gallacher, Braveheart Production & Touring
Anthony Giannaccini, Wilful Publicity
James Gilby, UHub
Kris Gill, Photographer
Hannah Gillicker, Hold Tight PR
Sian Hainsworth, Freelance
Joshua James Halling, Photographer
Mike Hamer, KOKO
Kamran Haq, CMH Live
Sara Harding, Silver Bullet Entertainment
Dan Hardingham, Earache Records
Mark Haskins, Pro Wrestler
Jimmy Havoc, Pro Wrestler
Jo Headland, Freelance
Lucy Hellings, Earache Records
Mike Helmsley, Pledge Music
Fergal Holmes, Factory Music
Jessica Hope Bridgeman, Freelance
Dan Hudson, Freelance
Matthew Hughes, Devil PR
Gus Hully, Official Charts Company
Alex Irons, TotalRock
James Isaacs, Blackfinch Design
Mark James, Devil PR
Mike James, TotalRock
Martin Jarvis, Fresh Start Management & Agency
Josh Javor, X-Ray Touring
Chris Jericho, WWE
Bob Johnsen, 5B Artist Management
Ian Johnsen, Thirty Century Management
Jrock, Freelance
Jan-Philip Katzbach, Wizard Promotions
Adrian Kelly, NMA Management
Sam Kelly-Wallace, Jackson Guitars / Charvel Guitars
Jo Kendall, Freelance
Joe Kettle, Red Bull Records
Tina Korhonen, Photographer
Gary Lancaster, Eleven Seven Music
Dom Lawson, Metal Hammer / The Guardian
Christopher Lee, Punktastic
Michele Livings, TotalRock
Luke Logemann, Unified
John Longbottom, Freelance
Danny Lovett, Firebrand
Tori Lucion, Raging Demon Entertainment
Tom Lynam, Tone Management
Hans Maes, Groezrock Festival
Libby Maguire, LD Communications
Xander Mahony, TotalRock
Bex Majors, UTA
Mike Marques, Photographer
Steve Marsh, Mascot Label Group
Lais Martins Waring, LD Communications
Matt Mason, TotalRock
Stooart May, Face Down
Rob McDermott, Mad Mac Entertainment
Alex McGinnis, 10 and 8 Management
Jason McGuire, Hard Rock Hell Radio
Jack McGurran, Rocket Music
Lynsey McKay, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Mekk Menne, Avocado Booking
Mike Milford, Rise Records
Emma Milzani, Academy Events
Laura Moat, ADA
Tijs Mondalaers, Groezrock Festival
Jim Morewood, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Adam Mott, AJM Management
Joe Naan, Live Nation
Ant Niinemäe, Criminal Damage
Jeppe Nissen, Live Nation Denmark / Copenhell Festival
Lauren Novik, KROQ
Eliza-Jane Oliver, AEG Presents
Drew Omrod, Drew Paul Photography
Jamie Osman, Red Light Management
Angela Owen, Devil PR
Jack Parker, All Things Loud
Ben Patashnik, Unified
Dom Patience, Chalk Ink
Tom Pennington, AEG Presents
Ryan Penty, Coda Agency
Josh Phillips, Warner Music
Nathan Barley Phillips, Basick Records / Hold Tight PR / Association of Independent Music
Thomas Pieper, Continental Concerts
Lee Puddefoot, Mascot Label Group
Dave Rajan, Parlophone
Mark Rawlings, EMP
Lauren Reading-Gloversmith, Inception Press & Management
Leander Reading-Gloversmith, KMGMT
Sue Reinhardt, Eleven Seven Music
Ian Rendall, All About Live
Josh Retallick, Old Empire
Sarika Joanna Rice, Old Empire / Desertfest
Andy Richardson, Factory Music
Simon Robinson, Tour Manager
Erik Ron, Producer
Zoya Rossi, DHP
Ollie Route, Scuzz TV
Daniel Rubin, Element 1 Music
Sean Ryman, Academy Events
Tina Saul, TotalRock
Adam Saunders, X-Ray Touring
Chloe Scannapieco, Freelance
Iain Scott, The Dome / Boston Music Room
Kennerdeigh Scott, Kennerdeigh Scott Photography
Ed Sellers, Primary Talent International
Curtis Sharkey, LD Communications
Amit Sharma, Freelance
Daniel Shepard, Live Nation
Paul Shuff, Freelance
Navrin Sidhu, Hopeless Records
Phoebe Sinclair, Warner Music
Jim Smallman, Progress Wrestling
Tom Stabb, Sony Music
Yerry Stetter, Eccentric Gent Organisation
Matt Stocks, Life In The Stocks
Nick Storch, Artist Group International
Adrian Storry, DJ / Promoter
Steve Strange, X-Ray Touring
Max Such, Freelance
Beckie Sugden, X-Ray Touring
Trevor Swenson, Artery Global
Ben Tipple, Ticketmaster Blog
Dan Tobin, Earache Records
Darren Toms, Spinefarm Records
Paul Towers, Impericon
Sarah Valentine, Nuclear Blast
Ted Wakefield, Tour Manager
Jen Walker, Freelance
Marco Walzel, Avocado Booking
Ben Ward, UTA
Seven Webster, 7PM Management
Dean Whittaker, Imperial Music
Becky Williams, LD Communications
Tony Wilson, TotalRock
Michelle Wood, Songkick



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