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

War Child UK Partners With Heavy Music Awards 2018

War Child UK, the charity for children affected by conflict, has been appointed an Official Charity Partner of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Since it launched in 1993, War Child UK has been harnessing the power of music to change lives for children forced to live with the brutality of war.

In 1995, the cream of the British music industry – including Paul McCartney, Oasis, Blur and Radiohead – got together to record the ‘Help’ album, which shot straight to the top of the charts raising £1.25 million to aid children caught up in war.

Today, 25 years on, War Child UK has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Amy Winehouse, Laura Marling, Jessie Ware, Royal Blood and Deaf Havana to produce festivals, film events and live gigs such as its famous BRITs Week together with O2 gigs.


War Child Live Show


In 2016, the charity reached 109,000 children and aims to reach 260,000 children affected by conflict in 2019.

As an Official Charity Partner of the Awards, War Child UK will receive exposure before and at the HMA18 events in Manchester in April and London in August.

Rich Clarke, Music & Entertainment Manager at War Child UK said: “We are honoured to be the Official Charity Partner of the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

“Every day, we see the devastating impacts of war. More children than ever are displaced, many are robbed of their childhoods and are at constant risk of violence, abuse and exploitation. Music has helped us change the lives of hundreds of thousands of children, and partnerships like this enable us to raise awareness and bring hope to children whose lives have been torn apart by war.”

Iain Johnson, Co-Founder of the HMAs, said: “It is a privilege to offer our support to War Child UK, a charity that does amazing work to support vulnerable young people affected by the horrors of war.

“The heavy music scene cares, it cares deeply about vulnerable and disadvantaged people and we are proud to play our part in showing that.”

War Child UK works with some of the world’s most vulnerable children, providing protection, education and longer time livelihood solutions to equip them with skills for the future.

It also campaigns for the rights of children and lobbies governments for protect their welfare and improve life chances.

It is estimated that, right now, over 30 million children have been forced to leave their homes or separated from their families because of military conflict.

The average time a person is displaced is 17 years, which can account for a whole childhood.

War Child UK works with its partners in 15 countries, from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan.

For more information or to make a donation visit Warchild.org.uk

About War Child UK

War Child is striving for a world where children’s lives are no longer torn apart by war.

We protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children caught up in conflict. We aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and stay to support them through their recovery – helping to keep them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future.

We understand children’s needs, respect their rights, and put them at the centre of the solution – from supporting Syrian children to access education, to reintegrating child soldiers in the Central African Republic and promoting justice for young people in detention in Afghanistan. Together with our partners we work in 15 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and Latin America.

We also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them – campaigning on the root causes of conflict and demanding that children are at the centre of humanitarian response.

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Charity number: 1071659

Allianz Musical Insurance Announced as Official Insurance Partner for HMA18

Allianz Musical Insurance, part of Allianz Group, the biggest insurance group in the world, is supporting the Heavy Musical Awards 2018.

Allianz Musical Insurance offers cover to musicians for all types of instruments and equipment, and takes the role of Official Insurance Partner at HMA18.

Founded in 1960, Allianz Musical Insurance is the UK’s leading specialist insurer of musical instruments, covering over 70,000 musicians from students to internationally renowned artists.

Allianz Musical Insurance’s specialist claims team works with organisations across the world to help reunite musicians with their lost and stolen instruments, reflecting the company’s dedication to providing excellent service.

Clarice Goff, Senior Marketing Executive, said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with the Heavy Music Awards to support and recognise the best talent in heavy music.

“We strongly believe in the importance of supporting the next generation of musicians and hope that our partnership ensures more musicians can follow their passion and focus on making awesome music.”

Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Iain Johnson, said: “The involvement of Allianz Musical Insurance underlines the HMAs’ commitment to focusing behind the scenes as well as on stage and we are delighted to have them on-board.”

Find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance at allianzmusic.co.uk or call 0330 100 9903.

HMAs Celebrate Birthday by Welcoming Jägermeister as Drinks Partner

The Heavy Music Awards has celebrated its first birthday by announcing the appointment of Jägermeister as Drinks Partner for 2018.

The iconic German herbal liqueur – synonymous with the heavy music scene – will be served to guests at the HMA18 launch in Manchester and the main event at Koko, London in August.

Renowned for its masterful blend of 56 botanicals, the “unique elixir” was developed by Curt Mast from a secret recipe and launched in Germany 82 years ago.

On March 1, 2017, the Heavy Music Awards was launched.

In its first year, almost 100,000 votes were cast with Architects, Enter Shikari, Black Sabbath, Download Festival, Gojira, Ghost and I Prevail among the winners.

Also shining a light off stage, HMAs were presented to photographer Ben Gibson, producers Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström and O2 Academy Brixton.

Tom Carson, from Jägermeister, revealed why the iconic brand chose to back the HMAs.

“We are really pleased to align ourselves with the Heavy Music Awards, an event that was created to celebrate talent, achievement and diversity in heavy music,” he revealed.

“The fact that the winners are chosen by the public is important to us, we cherish the relationship that we have with our consumers and Jägermeister is all about passion, truth and quality.”

Heavy Music Awards Co-Founder, Andy Pritchard, said: “Jägermeister has become a part of the heavy music zeitgeist – not only does the brand’s philosophy fit perfectly with that of the HMAs, their commitment to supporting this scene to such exacting standards sets a wonderful benchmark.

“Jäger is also a great way to kick off a massive party, which is something we can all get behind.”

You can find out more about Jägermeister at their website here. Please enjoy responsibly.

HMA18 Voting Panel Opened to All Industry Professionals

The Heavy Music Awards voting process begins with nominations from several hundred industry experts and professionals – a collective effort that aims to give a true reading of the current heavy music scene across a number of disciplines. Before the public voting begins, it is a way to hone the shortlists via the minds of those who work every single day at the beating heart of the industry.

With that in mind, it is imperative for the HMAs to ensure that industry panel is as far-reaching and comprehensive as possible. In year one, we welcome over 300 members to the panel. For 2018, we are looking to increase that number significantly.

If you work in music in a professional or semi-professional capacity, and you would like to join the panel – which simply requires you to nominate your favourites across 11 categories for 2017 – please click here to drop us a line.

The Heavy Music Awards 2018 takes place on Thursday 23 August 2018 at KOKO, London. Finalists will be announced at the HMA18 Launch Event at Gorilla, Manchester on 25 April.

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.

London’s KOKO Announced as Venue for Heavy Music Awards 2018

The Heavy Music Awards will take place at London’s historic KOKO on Thursday 23 August 2018.

Following 2017’s inaugural HMAs – which saw the likes of Architects, Enter Shikari and Black Sabbath crowned winners thanks to almost 100,000 votes from the public – HMA18 promises to deliver on an even bigger scale.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “The response to HMA17 was overwhelmingly positive – we were able to shine a light on some of the incredible talent in this scene right now thanks to the collective expertise of industry and fans in a totally democratic manner.

“Now, we feel the HMAs is in a position to step up and offer more. Since the curtain dropped at HMA17 we’ve been working tirelessly to take the Heavy Music Awards to the next level.

“KOKO allows us to share the night with a larger portion of the heavy music family, and is just a part of our ongoing plan to take the finest talent in heavy music to a wider audience across 2018.”

For all press and sponsorship enquiries, please email team@heavymusicawards.com

Tickets for the event will be available only to the voting public, with full details due to be announced in 2018. Public voting will open on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

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



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