Launching August last year, the HMA’s makes a big, anticipated return this month. It brings together a multitude of music industry experts and enthusiasts to celebrate the best and most beloved in rock and heavy music. The event takes place TONIGHT (24 August 2018) at KOKO, Camden in London.
This exciting event sees the crowning of some brilliant acts for some brilliant awards; ranging from the best album of the previous year, best breakthrough acts, best festival and so much more. If you are wanting a quick glance at who took the crowns last year, check out the full list of winners here.
The great thing about this award event is the approach they take to undertake the voting process. The finalists were decided by a bunch of key music industry figures who work for the likes of Kerrang!, Gibson, Scuzz, Warner Music and so many more. The full list of judges on the panel can be found here (see if you can spot The Cozy Chronicles in there!).
Earlier in the year, they hosted their first ever launch event at Gorilla, Manchester, where they released the finalists for the awards and had live appearances from Milestones, Loathe and Cold Years. After the big panel vote and shortlist announcement, the nominations are released to the public for everyone to get their say on who should take home the esteemed (literal) heavy award.
The big night will also hold host to some of the best up and coming bands of recent years to perform sets between award announcements. The debut year saw Creeper take the headline spot, with Venom Prism, Vukovi and Dead! each making appearances on the stage throughout the night.
This year, Jason Butler’s latest popular project The Fever 333 will close off the night, who have just recently made their European debut at Download Festival earlier in the year. They are supported by Milk Teeth, who are hopefuls in the Best UK Breakthrough Band category, as well as Black Peaks and Coldbones.
Every nomination will be surely keeping their fingers crossed during the night. Entry to the event is invitation only, but you can follow all the action live on the Heavy Music Award’s Twitter and Instagram.