Ticketmaster Returns to Sponsor Best Festival at HMA20

Global ticketing giant Ticketmaster will partner with the Heavy Music Awards for a third consecutive year, stepping up their involvement to act not only as Official Ticketing Partner, but also for the first time as sponsor of the Best Festival category.

Having been involved with the HMAs since 2018, this agreement sees a significant step up in support for the scheme, and will once again provide market-leading ticketing support for the event on Thursday 21 May 2020.

Bonita McKinney, Ticketmaster’s Business Development Manager – Music & Festivals, said, “From alt to prog and the heaviest of the heavy, metal and rock has always been massively important to us at Ticketmaster.

“This was our 16th year working with Download Festival and also saw us working with venues and promoters Fuel Rock Club, Sin City, Marshall Live and Damnation Festival to name a few. It really meant a lot to us when Slipknot got number one back in August as we’ve worked with their team for a while, and continue to champion heavy artists such as Black Futures, Holding Absence, Vukovi and Yungblud across our discovery platforms.

“We are really excited to be sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a third year, and look forward to celebrating the achievements of this loyal and passionate industry.”

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Dave Bradley said, “Ticketmaster have been a wonderful partner of the HMAs for a long time now, so it’s great to be welcoming them back in a significantly expanded role for 2020. Ticketmaster’s team are incredibly passionate about pushing the rock and metal cause on the biggest stage. It’s a real privilege to work alongside them for HMA20.”



The Best Festival category was won by Bloodstock Open Air in 2019 (pictured above), with Download Festival and Hellfest Open Air picking up the award in 2017 and 2018 respectively.

Public voting for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards will open on 12 Feb 2020.

Heavy Music Awards 2019 Heads to O2 Forum Kentish Town

The Heavy Music Awards is set to expand once again with the third annual event set to hit London’s famous O2 Forum Kentish Town on Thursday 22 August 2019.

The move to the 2,300 capacity venue represents rapid growth for the HMAs. Having made stops at both House of Vans and Koko, the event has now effectively tripled in size since it launched just 20 months ago, becoming one of the biggest awards events for rock music on earth.

Eral Hassan, General Manager, O2 Forum Kentish Town, said: “We are so thrilled to be the venue of choice for the Heavy Music Awards 2019 and looking forward to going that extra mile with Dave and Andy to showcase the very best aspects of such a wonderful ceremony with our production capabilities in staging large-scale live events. We’ll be welcoming world-class artists to our stage to come together and celebrate the very best talent and music in the scene right now. We are also extremely proud to sponsor the Best Live Band category and support the most highly respected artists in the heavy music genre.”

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley added, “HMA18 was a big step up for us in terms of event and global reach. The organic growth has been excellent but we’re constantly looking for ways to build the audience and offer more value to our finalists, winners and partners.

“The democratic voting process has been a powerful foundation from which to build the HMAs. It’s obviously positive to see the HMAs being shared by the likes of Metallica, Architects and Bring Me The Horizon, as the trickle down is tangible for newer artists – but we want to do more to help heavy music in any way we can.

“Moving to the O2 Forum Kentish Town helps us to expand that offering, and of course welcome even more people to celebrate heavy music together. We are ecstatic to be working with Eral, Zoya and the O2 Forum team, and to welcome them as sponsors of our Best Live Band category.”


Ticketmaster Returns for Second Year as Official Ticketing Partner

In addition, global sales and distribution giant Ticketmaster has signed up as Official Ticketing Partner for a second year, bringing their market leading expertise to the HMAs as the event once again makes use of the innovative Universe system.

Andrew Parsons, MD Ticketmaster UK, said: “Ticketmaster is proud to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards 2019 for the second year running.

“Heavy music fans are unrivalled in their passion and dedication, and hands down some of the best crowds we have ever come across. As the number one destination for heavy music fans we work with the likes of Bullet For my Valentine, Iron Maiden and Metallica, right alongside up-and-comers Milk Teeth and Sleep Token. The future is bright for heavy music, and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”

Further information regarding the event – including how to get tickets and the full line-up – will be announced in 2019.


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