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)

PPL Returns to Sponsor Best UK Band at HMA18

PPL is sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a second consecutive year.

For 2018, the music licensing company is sponsoring the Best UK Band award following its support of the international category last year.

Challenging for the public-voted accolade are Arcane Roots, Architects, Creeper, Enter Shikari, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Marmozets and While She Sleeps.

The award will be presented by PPL at KOKO London on August 23.

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Member Services at PPL commented: “PPL exists to serve performers and record companies across a huge range of genres from classical to electronica to jazz to metal.

“The Heavy Music Awards established itself as an exciting new awards ceremony specialising in the heavier end of the musical spectrum in 2017 and we are excited to be returning for a second year.”

PPL collects money for tens of thousands of performers and record companies.

Founded in 1934, the company licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public or broadcast and ensures that revenue flows back to its members.

These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.

Co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Iain Johnson, said: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome PPL back to the HMAs for a second year.

“Protecting the rights and livelihoods of established musicians and emerging artists is very important to us.

“The work of PPL is so important in so many ways and we are delighted to be working with them once again.”

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The Fever 333 Set to Headline Heavy Music Awards 2018

California’s incendiary crossover sensation The Fever 333 are set to headline the second annual Heavy Music Awards at London’s KOKO on 23 August, with support from Milk Teeth, Black Peaks and Coldbones.

The trio – which features former letlive. vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, ex-The Chariot guitarist Stephen Harrison and drummer Aric Improta, who also features in instrumentalists Night Verses – recently made their European debut at Download Festival, packing out the Avalanche stage and putting on one of the most energetic and memorable shows in the festival’s history. With a powerful socio-political message and the music to back it up, the band have rapidly picked up critical acclaim and are set to bring the curtain down on HMA18 in style.

Main support on the night are Milk Teeth. In between crossing their fingers as finalists in the Best UK Breakthrough Band category, the Stroud quartet will be bringing a huge grunge/punk party as main support with cuts from their twin EPs ‘Be Nice’ and ‘Go Away’.

Second on, Rise Records’ Black Peaks – who will be showcasing songs from their upcoming sophomore album ‘All That Divides’. Having welcomed the band to HMA17 as finalists in the Best UK Band category, we could not be more excited to have them onstage for a full set this time out.

Opening proceedings at KOKO are Kent’s instrumental progressive metal outfit Coldbones, who’s recent debut album ‘Where It All Began’ has been picking up rave reviews across the board. Bassist Nick Suchak said, “We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this incredible night, alongside some of the most exciting bands around at the moment. The team behind the HMAs are doing an amazing job of creating something very special. See you there!”

And if that’s not enough for you, we’ve got an afterparty hosted by the very wonderful Emo Night UK, with guest DJs ready to take the night off into the early hours.

 

How to Attend the Heavy Music Awards 2018

Tickets are not available to purchase for HMA18. If you voted to help decide the winners, your name is in the draw to win a pair of tickets – successful applicants will be notified shortly.

If you missed out on voting, keep an eye on @heavymusicawds for further chances to win.

For press accreditation, please contact: [email protected] (Online and Print) / [email protected] (Radio and TV)

For sponsorship enquiries, please contact: [email protected]

 

Heavy Music Awards 2018

HMAs Support ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ Campaign

A campaign which champions cultural and racial diversity through music has partnered with the Heavy Music Awards 2018.

Since its formation in 2002, Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) has continued to tackle racism by raising awareness at hundreds of live music events across the UK.

With strong links across all genres, LMHR gigs have welcomed artists including Ms Dynamite, Kasabian, Hard-Fi, Babyshambles, Akala, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Estelle, The View, Lethal Bizzle, Kano, Roll Deep and Basement Jaxx.

Some of the current focuses for LMHR campaign include an increase in Islamophobia, anti-migrant racism and hostility towards refugees in Britain and across Europe.

The movement also works with upcoming talent to reach crowds at local venues with their positive message of hope and to offer places for “vibrant celebration of our multicultural and multiracial society”.

Speaking about the new collaboration with the HMAs, Chris Ruff of LMHR said: “LMHR’s history is steeped in heavy music dating back to its ‘Rock Against Racism’ days and it’s a pleasure to be teaming-up with the Heavy Music Awards. With great synergy between them and their other partners, they continue to challenge the status quo and support diversity, universally.”

HMAs co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “With the Heavy Music Awards we are trying to build something that means more than just a celebration of great music. We care deeply about the HMAs being a champion for diversity in all its forms, and partnering with a great organisation like LMHR is a big part of that mission.”

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HMA18 Finalists Shows Exclusively on Scuzz TV

Scuzz TV will once again be showcasing the HMA18 finalists with a series of exclusive shows, starting at 10pm BST on Monday 7 May.

The shows offer the perfect chance to get acquainted with the nominees, and proved incredibly popular among viewers in 2017.

The initial schedule shapes up as follows:

Best Album
7 May 10pm / 22 May 9pm / 30 May 12am

Best UK Band
7 May 11pm / 22 May 10pm / 30 May 1am

Best International Band
8 May 9pm / 23 May 9pm / 28 May 12am

Best Live Band
8 May 10pm / 23 May 10pm / 28 May 1am

Best UK Breakthrough Band
9 May – 10pm / 21 May – 9pm / 29 May – 12am

Best International Breakthrough Band
9 May 11pm / 21 May – 10pm / 29 May 1am

Tune in via Sky channel 366 (formerly 367), or Freesat channel 502.

Heavy Music Awards 2018 Finalists Announced

Following its launch in March 2017, the Heavy Music Awards – the only fully independent, fully democratic programme of its kind – has established itself as one of the most exciting events on the heavy music calendar. Tonight, at a packed launch event at Gorilla in Manchester, the nominees for this year’s awards were announced.

The HMAs shine a spotlight on artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers who’s incredible talent deserves the attention of the wider world. To achieve this, they have a judging panel of several hundred key music industry figures nominating the finalists, before the public votes on the winners. In 2017, they received almost 100,000 votes from the general public, every single one double opted-in.

This year The HMAs will take place at London’s KOKO on August 23rd. The event, which will later be shown exclusively on Scuzz TV is an opportunity for the rabble rousers, the game changers and fiercely passionate artists in the world of rock and metal to be celebrated.


Heavy Music Awards 2018 Finalists

Best Album

Code Orange – Forever (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Kurt Ballou & Will Yip)
Converge – The Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Produced by Kurt Ballou)
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Produced by Neil D. Kennedy)
Enter Shikari – The Spark (Ambush Reality – Produced by David Kosten & Rou Reynolds)
Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand (Reprise Records – Produced by Brendan O’Brien)
The Menzingers – After The Party (Epitaph Records – Produced by Will Yip)
While She Sleeps – You Are We (Independent – Produced by While She Sleeps & Carl Bown)

Best UK Band

Presented by PPL
Arcane Roots (Easy Life)
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Creeper (Roadrunner Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Marmozets (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best International Band

Presented by Indie Mixtape
Code Orange (Roadrunner Records)
Converge (Epitaph Records)
Mastodon (Reprise Records)
The Menzingers (Epitaph Records)
Metallica (Blackened Recordings)
Parkway Drive (Epitaph Records)
Trivium (Roadrunner Records)

Best Live Band

Presented by Jackson Guitars
Architects (Epitaph Records)
Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
Every Time I Die (Epitaph Records)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
Ghost (Loma Vista Recordings)
Gojira (Roadrunner Records)
While She Sleeps (Independent)

Best UK Breakthrough Band

Presented by Pirate Studios
Bad Sign (Basick Records)
Conjurer (Holy Roar Records)
Employed To Serve (Holy Roar Records)
Holding Absence (Sharptone Records)
Loathe (Sharptone Records)
Milk Teeth (Roadrunner Records)
Venom Prison (Prosthetic Records)

Best International Breakthrough Band

Presented by Awesome Merchandise
Brutus (Hassle Records)
Can’t Swim (Pure Noise Records)
Knocked Loose (Pure Noise Records)
Palaye Royale (Sumerian Records)
Sløtface (Propeller Recordings)
Stand Atlantic (Rude Records)
Waterparks (Easy Life)

Best Album Artwork

Presented by The Pit
Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (Profound Lore Records – Artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski)
Converge – The Dusk In Us (Epitaph Records / Deathwish Inc – Artwork by Jacob Bannon)
Creeper – Eternity, In Your Arms (Roadrunner Records – Artwork by Nicky Barkla)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – Modern Ruin (International Death Cult – Artwork by Dean Richardson / Studio Yuck)
Mastodon – Emperor of Sand (Reprise Records – Artwork by Alan Brown / Medusawolf)
Northlane – Mesmer (UNFD – Artwork by Jacques Duquette / Fvckrender)
Sikth – The Future In Whose Eyes? (Millennium Night – Artwork by Meats Meier)

Best Festival

Presented by Scuzz
2000trees Festival (United Kingdom)
Arc Tan Gent (United Kingdom)
Bloodstock Open Air (United Kingdom)
Download Festival (United Kingdom)
Hellfest Open Air (France)
Slam Dunk Festival (United Kingdom)
UK Tech Fest (United Kingdom)

Best Photographer

Corinne Cumming
Ben Gibson
Joshua Halling
Paul Harries
Tina Korhonen
Jennifer McCord
Ed Mason

Best Producer

Presented by Roadrunner Records
Kurt Ballou
Romesh Dodangoda
Neil D Kennedy
Dan Lancaster
Brendan O’Brien
Will Putney
Will Yip

Voting is open now – click here to cast your votes and automatically enter the draw for HMA18 tickets.

Centrepoint Partners With Heavy Music Awards

A charity which helps homeless young people stay safe and improve their life chances has teamed up with the Heavy Music Awards.

Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people – has become an Official Charity Partner of HMA18.

 

Centrepoint

 

Every year the organisation helps 9,200 people aged 16-25 by providing a safe place to live, mental and physical health checks and a path into education, training and employment across London, Manchester, Yorkshire and the North East.

The award-winning charity – which employs 350 people – was founded in 1969 by The Reverend Kenneth Leech and has since provided a safe haven for 125,000 young people.

Paul Noblet, Head of Public Affairs at Centrepoint, said: “We’re so grateful for the support of the Heavy Music Awards and the opportunity to turn up the volume around the issue of youth homelessness.

“Thousands of young people every year are forced to sleep on the streets, night buses, or the floors and sofas of friends, family and strangers. These scarring experiences damage young people’s physical and mental health, crush their confidence and put their futures on hold.

“Homelessness doesn’t have to define a young person’s life. Centrepoint provide a safe place to stay, support to get healthy, find work and the confidence to express themselves – including through music.

“Please lend your support if you can and help vulnerable young people leave homelessness behind for good.”

Andy Pritchard, co-founder of the HMAs, said: “Homelessness is a huge problem that continues to be an issue in the lives of many young people across the UK. We are immensely proud to have teamed up with Centrepoint and help in some way.

“Their work has an amazingly positive impact upon the lives of thousands of young people each year who have been forced onto the streets and it is because people support them that this situation continues to improve.

“The world of heavy music has its part to play in this and we are honoured to offer the HMAs platform to Centrepoint to raise awareness and funds for the cause.”

Homeless young people helped by Centrepoint are given accommodation for two years and then supported for six months afterwards to ensure they can live independently.

And with tens of thousands of young people approaching councils each year for help, Centrepoint also campaigns to influence local and central government policy on developing practical measures towards ending youth homelessness.

Once supported by Diana, Princess of Wales, Centrepoint now benefits from the patronage of The Duke of Cambridge and a team of influential Ambassadors including Ellie Goulding, Lorraine Kelly, Jonathon Ross, Sara Cox, Richard Madeley and Colin Salmon.

 


 

About Centrepoint

  • Centrepoint is the leading charity for homeless young people aged 16-25.
  • Centrepoint supports over 9,200 homeless young people a year nationally.
  • The Freephone Centrepoint Helpline is for any young person aged 16-25 who is worried about homelessness. It is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The Centrepoint Helpline number is: 0808 800 0661.
  • Centrepoint supports young people to pursue education, training and employment, and to develop independent living skills.
  • Through policy work, Centrepoint aims to influence public policy, campaigning on behalf of the young people it supports and homeless young people throughout the UK.
  • Founded in 1969, Centrepoint has helped more than 116,000 homeless young people.
  • HRH The Duke of Cambridge became Centrepoint’s Patron in 2005.
  • For more information, visit: centrepoint.org.uk

Two Minutes with Milestones: “We fully intend to be relentlessly touring”

It’s just a few weeks til the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, so we grabbed a moment with Manchester’s own Milestones – our headliners – who will be hitting the stage alongside Loathe and Cold Years.

How are things with Milestones right now?
Things are great for us right now thank you. We released our debut album a couple of weeks back, we’re heading out on some headline shows this week and we’re also getting to play HMA launch on top of having Slam Dunk to look forward to. There’s definitely a positive feel around all of our team at the moment!

Your debut album ‘Red Lights’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
It’s been great! It’s something our fans have been waiting for for a while so to give back to them is a great feeling after only having them listen to five songs previously. We feel as though the album is only going to improve too as we fully intend to be relentlessly touring it over the space of the year. Lots of people have been comparing it pop-punk from the early 2000s with a modern twist which is in a way what we were going for, that genre of music played a huge part in all of our lives and has been a true influence behind everything we do, so to kind of rekindle the flame of something that may have been burning out for a while now feels great.

 

 

The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach to the show?
I guess you could say so. At the end of the day this is still a headline set for us so naturally we’re going to want to play some slower more ambient stuff, we’ll just leave out anything too soppy!!

The finalists for HMA18 will be announced at this show – what’s your pick for Best Album?
If I had to go with a UK band it’d be While She Sleeps – You Are We. Non-UK would be Counterparts – You’re Not You Anymore.

What’s the Manchester scene like right now? What bands are you most excited about?
The Manchester scene is pretty good right now, I think it’s the same as a lot of UK cities, you know what bands will do well and with the right push the shows can be great. UK bands in general I’m really excited about right now are; Holding Absence, Woes, Loathe, Casey, Better Days, The Gospel Youth.

What’s next for Milestones?
Hopefully lots more touring/shows and making sure that this album is heard everywhere possible!


 

HMA18 Launch Poster

 


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.

Two Minutes with Loathe: “The Liverpool scene is thriving once again”

With the Heavy Music Awards 2018 Launch Event fast approaching at Manchester’s Gorilla on 25 April, we sat down for a second with Erik Bickerstaffe, guitarist/vocalist for Liverpool’s Loathe, who will be hitting the stage alongside Milestones and Cold Years.

How’s things with Loathe right now?
We’re progressing every day. Becoming exactly what we envisioned from the start through our efforts with our music and image, so things are going great.

Your new split EP with Holding Absence ‘As One’ came out recently – how has the reaction been so far?
Phenomenal. We are currently in Europe for the last few days of our tour alongside Holding Absence and the response so far even in places we have never been before has blown us away, considering we are so proud of the release its wonderful to feel the love across Europe.

 

 

The line-up for the HMA18 Launch Show is pretty eclectic, does that change your approach?
Not at all. We’re Loathe for a reason, it goes without saying but we love all types of music so for us to be on a varied line up is something we honestly prefer as we get to experience different worlds of music in a live setting which we sometimes dont get to experience. We’re excited.

What’s the Liverpool scene like right now? What bands are you most excited about?
Thriving once again honestly, God Complex are the next thing you all need to be aware of. Your favourite new heavy band.

What’s next for Loathe?
Writing, touring, the usual stuff. Our main focus is more content overall to give everyone more of an insight into what Loathe is.


 

HMA18 Launch Poster

 


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.

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