Allianz Musical Insurance Returns to Partner with HMA19

Allianz Musical Insurance is set to return to the Heavy Music Awards for a second year, becoming sponsor of the Best Producer category at HMA19.

Founded in 1960 and offering cover to musicians for all types of instruments and equipment, 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 returning to sponsor the Heavy Music Awards again this year. There’s so much talent in the heavy music scene right now – both on stage and behind the scenes in the studio – and we’re excited to be involved in recognising it.”

The Best Producer category has seen a hugely varied list of nominees since the HMAs began in 2017. The award went to Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström at HMA17, and was most recently picked up by Will Putney – as announced on-stage by Henrik Udd at KOKO in August.

You can find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance at their website or by calling 0330 100 9903.

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.

 

Conjurer Donate Sweepstake Win to Trigeminal Neuralgia Association

Back in June, our charity World Cup sweepstake was a little sideshow to the main event in Russia – but in the midst of preparations for the second annual Heavy Music Awards, we’re ashamed to say we never formally announced HMA18 Best UK Breakthrough Band finalists Conjurer as the winners of that sweepstake, having been drawn out of the hat alongside eventual champions France way back at the start of the summer.

The prize – which is a combination of £150 from the HMAs and £100 generously thrown in by our HMA18 Education Partner BIMM – has been donated to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, as selected by the band themselves.

In Conjurer’s own words: “After winning the HMA World Cup Sweepstakes, we’ve chosen to make a donation to the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association.

“For those that don’t know, TN is a chronic pain condition affecting the Trigeminal nerve in the face. Informally known as ‘The Suicide Disease’, it’s an absolutely devastating illness about which very little is known. Brady’s Dad has suffered with it for years and we’ve seen it effect every aspect of his life, including his ability to enjoy music – those that know him and the family understand just how heartbreaking this is.

“TNA UK offer a support network to those afflicted and fund research projects to try and combat the condition and we’re hoping that this donation will go some small way to aiding them, as well as hopefully raising awareness about the condition and those it effects.”

The Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK (TNA UK) provide information, support and encouragement to those who suffer this excruciatingly painful condition. Their aim is to raise awareness of TN within the medical community and the general public at large. As a registered charity, TNA UK is entirely dependent on donations and annual membership fees in order to continue its work, receiving no funding whatsoever from government or corporate organisations. You can find out more about TNA UK at their website.

We are incredibly honoured to be making this donation on behalf of Conjurer and would like to thank BIMM for their contribution – and all the bands – for being a part of the sweepstake.

 

Watch the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Premiere Exclusively on Scuzz TV

The second annual Heavy Music Awards will get its broadcast premiere in an hour-long special on Scuzz TV at 9pm on Saturday 22 September – featuring all the winners, all the red carpet interviews, and live performances from The Fever 333, Milk Teeth, Black Peaks and Coldbones.

You can find Scuzz on Sky channel 366 – and don’t worry if you miss the premiere! HMA18 will be shown again at the following times:

Sunday 23 September – 10pm
Tuesday 25 September – 12am
Friday 28 September – 9pm
Sunday 30 September – 9pm
Friday 5 October – 12am
Sunday 7 October – 10pm
Wednesday 10 October – 11pm
Saturday 13 October – 11pm
Sunday 14 October – 12am

Heavy Music Awards 2018 Winners Announced

The winners of the second annual Heavy Music Awards were announced this evening at a blistering event at London’s historic Koko featuring live sets by The Fever 333, Milk Teeth, Black Peaks and Coldbones.

Host Sophie K welcomed well over 1,000 guests – a mix of artists, industry and fans – to a ceremony which celebrates the year’s best across heavy music’s many sides.

 


 

Heavy Music Awards 2018: The Winners

BEST UK BREAKTHROUGH BAND – MILK TEETH
Presented by Jason Aalon Butler (The Fever 333) + Chris Bye (Pirate Studios)

BEST FESTIVAL – HELLFEST OPEN AIR
Presented by Laila K (Sonic Boom Six & Nordoff Robbins) + Ollie Route (Scuzz)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH BAND – KNOCKED LOOSE
Presented by While She Sleeps

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK – SIKTH ‘THE FUTURE IN WHOSE EYES?’ BY MEATS MEIER
Presented by Awsten Knight (Waterparks) + Kylie Olsson on behalf of The Pit

THE H – SOPHIE LANCASTER FOUNDATION

BEST PRODUCER – WILL PUTNEY
Presented by Henrik Udd + Mark Andrews (WWE / Junior)

BEST LIVE BAND – GOJIRA
Presented by Helen Varley (Jackson Guitars) + V-Man (Slipknot)

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND – METALLICA
Presented by Indie Mixtape + Spencer Chamberlain & Aaron Gillespie (Underoath)

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER – ED MASON
Presented by Justine Jones (Employed To Serve) + Jamie Lenman

BEST UK BAND – ARCHITECTS
Presented by PPL + Benji Madden (Good Charlotte)

BEST ALBUM – WHILE SHE SLEEPS ‘YOU ARE WE’
Presented by Daniel P Carter (BBC Radio 1) + Allison Hagendorf (Global Head of Rock, Spotify)

Presenters Get Set For Heavy Music Awards 2018

With the second annual Heavy Music Awards set to hit London’s KOKO in just a few hours, we caught up with our three presenters for their take on what’s to come.

Sophie Eggleton and Neil Jones will be warming things up on the red carpet. Sophie said, “Having worked in various roles within the industry for about ten years from with Journalism, PR and marketing, to interviewing and photography and seeing how hard working and passionate so many people are about artists and the music, it’s a privilege to be able to celebrate some of them via these awards!”

Neil Jones, who has become a hugely respected voice in rock, not least with his work on Cambridge 105 Radio, will be interviewing attendees alongside Sophie. He said, “It’s an absolute honour to be involved with the HMAs. It’s awesome to see an evening celebrating the heavier end of music, from the music being made and the gigs being played to other creative industries that represent one of the most vibrant scenes in the UK music industry.”

Sophie K, who hosted the inaugural Heavy Music Awards at House of Vans in 2017, returns once again. “I am so excited to be a part of the second year of the most important awards in our scene. KoKo is the perfect venue and I know that the energy in that room will be epic, especially when The Fever 333 take the stage! Last year we had the best list of celebs in attendance so I can’t wait to see who will be walking the red carpet this year.”

Keep up-to-date with everything #HMA18 at Twitter and Instagram!

Roadrunner Records Aligns with Best Producer Award at HMA18

Roadrunner Records has thrown its weight behind HMA18 as sponsor of the Best Producer award.

The record label has been an integral and influential part of the heavy music scene since its birth as Road Racer in the Netherlands in the early 1980s, acting as home to the likes of Slipknot, Gojira, Creeper, Trivium, Code Orange, Turnstile, Stone Sour, Marmozets, The Amity Affliction, The Fever 333, Milk Teeth and Slash are within their stable of internationally renowned artists.

Danny Corr, Senior Marketing Manager at Roadrunner Records, said: “The heavy music scene has a vibrant and supportive community not just in the UK but worldwide and it’s great to see the HMAs back again this year to celebrate that.

“Here at Roadrunner Records we’re incredibly happy to be part of that scene and to be involved with the awards once more.”

Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Iain Johnson, said: “Getting the official backing of Roadrunner Records is another exciting development for the HMAs, which has received an incredible amount of support from across the scene.

“We’re really pleased to have a label with such unquestionable pedigree behind the Awards.”

The Best Producer award will be presented at KOKO by the category’s 2017 winner Henrik Udd.

To find out more about Roadrunner Records click here

Pirate Studios Back Best UK Breakthrough Award at HMA18

Pirate Studios – which boasts 18 state-of-the-art recording centres in the UK and New York City – is sponsoring the Best UK Breakthrough Band at HMA18.

The company – which offers studio space from £4 per hour – is a champion for emerging talent and jumped at the chance of backing the UK Breakthrough category.

David Borrie, Co-Founder of Pirate Studios, said: “It’s exciting to see how the metal, extreme and heavy scenes continue to develop with growing diversity as greater access to music inspires some incredible new bands.

“Pirate Studios are immensely proud to support all seven of the finalists in the Best UK Breakthrough Band category. Supporting emerging talent is absolutely fundamental to what we are about and the Heavy Music Awards are celebrating some of the best new acts coming through. Here’s to heavy music.”

Alongside twenty-four-seven studio access and free use of high calibre equipment in every room including drums, amps, mics and PAs as standard, Pirate Studios are also fitted out with custom-designed, hand-crafted acoustic panels built with sound quality in mind.

Artists recording at the studios may also get the chance to stream live to millions of viewers via the revolutionary Pirate Live initiative.

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “Having Pirate Studios behind UK Breakthrough Band is a great fit.

“They understand the need for supporting emerging talent and actively give new artists a platform.”

To find out more about Pirate Studios visit piratestudios.co.uk

Party Hard with Emo Night UK at HMA18

The official HMA18 after-party will be hosted by Emo Night UK.

Since their New York launch in 2015 under the Emo Night Brooklyn banner, the club night hosts have quickly expanded across the United States, Europe and into the UK.

And now KOKO awaits their emo and pop-punk DJ team on August 23.

Emo Night will follow The Fever 333 on stage to lead the HMA18 celebrations through until 1am.

George Powell, from Emo Night UK, said: “We’re absolutely stoked to be working with the Heavy Music Awards this year and honoured to have been asked to throw the after-party at KOKO. 

“It’s vital for us that we align ourselves with brands that share our ethos and love for the alternative music culture and the HMAs do just that. 

“The bands that are playing and have been nominated for awards are always on our playlists so this seemed like a perfect fit for us. We’re both relatively new to the world. 

“Our first event was less than a year ago so this could be the start of a blossoming relationship. Roll on the 23rd August! I don’t think anyone is ready for what we’re bringing and we cannot wait!”

Andy Pritchard, Co-Founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “It’s definitely a fact that when you’re up, Emo Night will keep you up and we’re really pleased to have them on our HMA18 after-party.

“It’s going to be an epic night.”

Find out more about Emo Night here

Nordoff Robbins Appointed as HMA18 Charity Partner

The largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, which is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people, has been named a Charity Partner of Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Nordoff Robbins supports thousands of people every year through music therapy. 

Music therapy can help a child with autism to communicate, enable someone with dementia to regain their sense of identity or provide comfort for someone facing a terminal illness.

Nordoff Robbins runs six centres across England and benefits from more than 150 partnerships with a wide range of organisations including care homes, schools and hospitals.

Over the years, the charity has received substantial support from the music industry; in 1990 a concert at Knebworth Park featuring Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page helped fund a new centre in Kentish Town, London, which is now their UK headquarters.

In 2009, the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Unit opened at BRIT School in Croydon and three years ago a facility was launched at the Royal Albert Hall.

As a Charity Partner of HMA18, Nordoff Robbins will connect for the first time directly with the heavy music scene.

Hannah Sheedy, Nordoff Robbins Director of Fundraising, said: “At Nordoff Robbins we use the power of music everyday to change the lives of vulnerable and isolated people, and we are so excited to be this year’s charity partner of the Heavy Music Awards.

“It’s a partnership which will help us to connect with the incredible creativity and passion-for-music that exists across the heavy music scene, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to share our work with the artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers being championed by HMAs.”

Iain Johnson, co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, said: “It it a privilege to offer our support to Nordoff Robbins, an organisation that makes a profound difference to so many peoples’ lives through the wonder of music.

“We are very proud to welcome them to the HMAs.”

A wide range of instruments can be used in music therapy, including the voice, and the music created is often improvised.

Music therapists support people to develop their own ways of being musical in order to explore their potential and connect with the world around them.

In the hands of a trained practitioner, music therapy can be used to support people living with a wide range of needs.

It can help a child with autism to communicate, unlock forgotten memories for those living with dementia or provide comfort and celebrate the life of someone facing a terminal illness.

To find our more click nordoff-robbins.org.uk

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