Heavy Music Awards 2017


A new public-voted awards event conceived to celebrate rock and metal, christened the Heavy Music Awards, has been launched. House of Vans London has been unveiled as the venue for the 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. 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



Established by the Heavy Group – a separate venture formed by co-organisers Dave Bradley (Promoter at Live Nation) and Andy Pritchard – the event will see a shortlist picked by a sizeable panel of industry-based judges go up for public vote on May 22. The awards will span 11 categories, including Best Album, Best UK Band, Best International Band and Best Festival, with the winners set to be announced at a ceremony in London on Thursday August 24.


The Heavy Group’s Andy Pritchard has hailed the Heavy Music Awards as “a significant endorsement of the strength of the heavy music scene in 2017. Curated by a collective of music industry professionals – all of them without exception fans of music first and foremost – the Heavy Music Awards will provide an entirely independent vehicle to democratically crown the best of the year in heavy music. Expanding the panel with even more of the industry insiders who represent the beating heart of the heavy music scene underlines our intention to create a fully democratic scheme, crowning winners that are indisputably the best in their field for the year. The panel of respected and knowledgeable individuals from across the industry – including managers, labels, promoters, booking agents, publicists, podcasters and more – make their picks for the year, then the public vote to decide the overall winners.” Recognising the rich history of heavy music, the HMAs will also see the launch of the Heavy Music Hall of Fame, and The H – a community award recognising inspiring achievement by an individual, group or organisation.


“The heavy music community has proven over the years that it has one of the most loyal and supportive fan bases,” said Live Nation/Download Festival’s Andy Copping. “To see an awards that hands the voting power back to the fans is only a good thing in my books.”


Danny Corr, Senior Marketing Manager at Roadrunner Records added: “With the industry unsure about where its future lies, heavy music is still incredibly strong both in terms of recorded form and live. From huge artists returning with massive success to a brilliant slew of new music and breaking acts we are a scene in particularly good health. It’s great to have a new set of awards celebrating all the parts of our genre and its achievements.”

The first wave of confirmed judges features several of the most influential figures from across the heavy music landscape, including Paul Ryan (UTA), Tom Taaffe (UTA), Julie Weir (Music For Nations) and more to be announced in the coming weeks. Details about the panel and awards can be seen below, for more information head to the Heavy Music Awards’ official site

DAbK1kzWAAEE35pThe 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



•Paul Anthony (Planet Rock)
•Justin Arcangel (5B Artist Management)
•Ash Avildsen (Sumerian Records)
•Leo Benton (K2 Agency)
•Anna Bewers (UTA)
•Terry Bezer (That’s Not Metal)
•Satvir Bhamra (Warner Music UK)
•Dante Bonutto (Spinefarm Records)
•Daniel P. Carter (BBC Radio 1)
•Hayley Connelly (Little Press)
•Andy Copping (Live Nation / Download Festival)
•Danny Corr (Roadrunner Records)
•Lulu Davis (Incendia Management)
•Ian Dickinson (Roadrunner Records)
•Kiarn Eslami (Metropolis Music)
•Adam Foster (5B Artist Management)
•George Garner (Music Week)
•Jamie Graham (Sumerian Records)
•Adam Gregory (Bloodstock Festival)
•Thomas Gutches (Thomas Gutches Management)
Simon Hall (Bloodstock Festival)
•Paul Harries (Freelance)
•Mike Herbrik (Warner Music Norway)
•Alex Herron (Scuzz TV)
•Vicky Hungerford (Bloodstock Festival)
•Lottie Hunt (BIMM)
•Stephen Hill (That’s Not Metal)
•Warul Islam (Communion)
•Sophie K (Freelance)
•Michelle Kerr (Cosa Nostra)
•Sophie K (Freelance)
•Amy Lawson (DHP)
•Sarah Lees (Snapper Music)
•Zoe London (Freelance)
•Abbie Marshall (Ramblin’ Man Fair)
•Clare Maxwell (Rise Records)
•Jon McIldowie (Festival Republic / Reading & Leeds Festivals)
•Leo Nicholas (BIMM)
•Kylie Olsson (Freelance)
•Jamie Otsa (Wall of Sound PR)
•Mark Palmer (Nuclear Blast Records)
•Sharon Richardson (Factory Music Management & Agency)
•Georgia Rawson (Discovered Magazine)
•Paul Ryan (UTA)
•Andy Saiker (The Firepit / Warner Music UK)
•Kirsten Sprinks (Cosa Nostra)
•Martijn Swier (Endless Music)
•Tom Taaffe (UTA)
•Emma Van Duyts (Public City PR)
•Stephanie Van Spronsen (Live Nation)
•Oli Walkers (AC Promotions)
•Julie Weir (Music For Nations)
•Caleb Williams (Unified)
…plus more judges across the wider ‘Heavy Music Industry’ will be announced soon.



DAbjtmzWAAEukYwBest Live Band

DAbisLzXkAEGpLgBest Photographer

DAbiEgtXsAAHMfZBest Producer

DAbhKa1W0AAvsD6Best Breakthrough Band

DAbeDdHWAAAD89QBest International Band

DAbe3KJXUAAvNnuBest Venue

DAbc7fzXUAIoVuRBest UK Band

DAbbxvbWAAIJ6J4Best Album

DAbrRj5XUAAnbh_Best Festival

DAbk12dWsAALbiYBest Album Artwork

The H (Community Award)
Heavy Music Hall of Fame


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