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UPRAWR Sponsors Best UK Band at HMA17

The Best UK Band Award at the HMAs is to be sponsored by one of Europe’s leading rock clubs, UPRAWR.

Alongside the “infamous” Birmingham nightclub, UPRAWR regularly host parties at leading festivals including Download and Slam Dunk.

They also host after parties, opening parties and VIP events for festivals and brands such as Warped Tour and will run the official after party for the Heavy Music Awards at House of Vans London on August 24.

Total UPRAWR – the parent company founded seven years ago – also runs an internationally renowned publishing company (UPRAWR Publishing) and 5* rehearsal studios at their Birmingham venue.

UPRAWR studios are a reincarnation of the prestigious Madhouse rehearsals and boasts 12 fully equipped studios a fully stocked licensed bar and coffee shop.

Also part of the Total UPRAWR estate is The Asylum, a live music venue which regular hosts bands across the heavy music scene.

Jack Daniel, co-founder of Total UPRAWR, said: “Total UPRAWR is extremely excited to be a part of the first ever HMAs.

“Over the last seven years we’ve championed a long list of British bands through our club nights all over the UK.

“Now having launched UPRAWR Rehearsal Studios and UPRAWR Music Publishing, we’re seeing bands careers develop from their first practice to signing record and publishing deals.

“Sponsoring the ‘Best UK Band Award’ feels like a great way for us to continue backing the fantastic heavy music we’ve seen develop since launching seven years ago.”

Dave Bradley of the Heavy Music Awards said: “We’re so pleased to have UPRAWR involved with the HMAs as sponsor and running the official After Party.

“UPRAWR events are a total experience, not just a another club night, brilliant!”

Find out more at https://totaluprawr.com

House of Vans London to Host Heavy Music Awards 2017

House of Vans London has been unveiled as the venue for the first Heavy Music Awards on August 24.

Just months after the intimate Metallica: Hardwired At House Of Vans show, the unique 30,000 square foot labyrinth beneath Waterloo station, will play host to the inaugural HMAs.

The space – which boasts a main stage, art gallery, cinema and skate bowl, mini ramp and street course – will welcome 800 guests for the big night.

House of Vans London opened in 2014 and has since hosted some of the most exciting names in rock and metal including Bring Me The Horizon, Slaves, Turbonegro, Cancer Bats and Foo Fighters.

 

Metallica at House of Vans London

 

It regularly hosts modern art exhibitions, creative workshops, film screenings, gigs, boasts the UK Vans Skate Team and provides a platform for street culture and fashion.

In addition, House of Vans will sponsor the Best Breakthrough Act category at the HMAs – underlining Vans’ commitment to promoting new music.

A spokesperson for the venue said: “House of Vans is hugely excited to host the first ever Heavy Music Awards. Music and creativity is deeply-rooted in the Vans and House of Vans identity and we are delighted to support in this way.”

The House of Vans is where “Off The Wall” lives. It’s a place where imagination lets loose over concrete bowls, art installations, workshops and concert stages, inspiring every person who runs, rolls, or stomps through its door. Located in Brooklyn, New York and Waterloo, London, as well as pop-ups around the world, the House of Vans is home to the creativity that moves us.

Find out more about House of Vans London here: houseofvanslondon.com


The Heavy Music Awards 2017 is an invitation-only event. Stay tuned for details of how you can win the chance to attend.

 

HMAs Team Up With ‘Safe Gigs For Women’

The Heavy Music Awards has teamed with a movement which campaigns to make gigs a safer place for women.

Launched in 2015, Safe Gigs for Women is run entirely by volunteers with a mission to stamp out the risk of sexual harassment at music events across the UK.

The initiative has three key aims:

To work with gig goers in spreading the word that it is not okay to grope, threaten or harass others and to encourage victims to speak out and supporters to advocate that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

To team up with venues to ensure they take reports of sexual harassment and other threats to women seriously and create a “safe venue” standard.

To connect with bands and artists to promote the recognition of standards, talk about SGfW work and to share with their audiences the importance of recognising and sharing acceptable behaviour codes.

Tracey Wise, a founder of the cause, revealed why it is necessary to seek a change of environment for women as gigs and festivals.

“Safe Gigs for Women was founded after I was sexually assaulted, and not for the first time, at a live event in 2015.

“As someone for whom music is everything, it is unbelievable that women attending music are facing this.

“We look to work with gig goers, venues, festivals and bands and artists to take a proactive stance to get sexual harassment and assault out of our music scenes.

“We are hugely excited to work with the Heavy Music Awards to take this message further.”

Andy Pritchard, from the Heavy Music Awards, described the initiative as “vitally progressive”.

He added: “The Heavy Music Awards is very proud to play a part in supporting Safe Gigs for Women to help create a safer and more enjoyable experience for women at shows.

“Everyone involved with the HMAs is a music fan first and foremost. While the majority of artists may be men, the heavy music scene is renowned for being welcoming regardless of your gender.

“We’d like to underline our commitment to that by partnering with an initiative that is doing great things for the safety of females in what should always be a fun and secure environment.”

For more information about Safe Gigs for Women click here
Twitter.com/safegigs4women
Facebook.com/safegigsforwomen

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