With football taking over the entirety of all civilisation for the next month, we’ve decided to add a little fun – in the name of charity – with our HMA18 World Cup Sweepstake.

To keep things simple, we’ve taken the 14 highest ranked teams in the tournament (according to the most recent FIFA rankings), and allocated them randomly to the 14 Best Breakthrough Band nominees for this year’s HMAs.

We will then donate £100 to the chosen charity of the band with the winning team.

In the very unlikely event that a team from outside those 14 wins the tournament, the money will still be donated to a worthy charitable cause.

So who’s got who? Here’s the list:


Bad Sign – Portugal
Conjurer – France
Employed To Serve – Uruguay
Holding Absence – Switzerland
Loathe – Spain
Milk Teeth – Germany
Venom Prison – Denmark


Brutus – Brazil
Can’t Swim – Belgium
Knocked Loose – England
Palaye Royale – Peru
Sløtface – Poland
Stand Atlantic – Argentina
Waterparks – Mexico