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Line-up announced for this year’s Heavy Music Awards

The ceremony will take place on Thursday 22 August 2019 at London's O2 Forum Kentish Town.

The line-up has been announced for this year’s Heavy Music Awards, taking to London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on 22 August 2019.

Canadian punks Cancer Bats will headline the ceremony, leading a bill celebrating some of the most exciting new faces in alternative music. They’ll be joined by Liverpool’s Loathe, South East London duo Nova Twins and punk outfit Delair The Liar.

All four acts will perform full sets during the ceremony, between the award presentations.

Laura Jane Grace, here in the UK ahead of her appearance at Reading Festival alongside The Devouring Mothers and frontperson for punk veterans Against Me!, will take on hosting duties.

Earlier in the summer the shortlist for this year’s Heavy Music Awards was unveiled. Pulled together by a huge panel of industry insiders and experts, the nominees represent a wide range of alternative music across the globe.

The Heavy Music Awards recognise the best in alternative music, both homegrown and internationally, and celebrate the diversity of the scene.

The shortlisted bands, albums, producers, artists, events and photographers have been selected by an impressive panel of industry insiders, representing the top tier from hundreds of submissions.

Last year, we caught up with Heavy Music Awards winners Milk Teeth, Architects and While She Sleeps during the ceremony at London’s KOKO.

Winners will be revealed at a star-studded ceremony at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on 22 August 2019, celebrating the best of the past 12 months.

Here are those nominees in full:


The Heavy Music Awards 2019 nominees

Best Album
Architects – Holy Hell
Black Peaks – All That Divides
Ghost – Prequelle
Idles – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Judas Priest – Firepower
Parkway Drive – Reverence
Turnstile – Time & Space

Best UK Band
Architects
Black Peaks
Bring Me The Horizon
Enter Shikari
Iron Maiden
Judas Priest
While She Sleeps

Best International Band
Beartooth
Behemoth
Ghost
Halestorm
Parkway Drive
Turnstile
Twenty One Pilots

Best Live Band
Architects
Bring Me The Horizon
Enter Shikari
Fever 333
Ghost
Parkway Drive
Slayer

Best UK Breakthrough Band
Conjurer
Dream State
Holding Absence
Parting Gift
Puppy
Sleep Token
Yonaka

Best International Breakthrough Band
Allen Weaponry
Bad Wolves
Fever 333
Mol
Pagan
The Faim
Vein

Best Producer
Tom Dalgety
Romesh Dodangoda
Lewis Johns
Nick Raskulinecz
Andy Sneap
Dan Weller
Will Yip

Best Festival
2000trees Festival
Arctangent
Bloodstock Open Air
Download Festival
Hellfest Open Air
Slam Dunk Festival
Wacken Open Air

Best Photographer
Derek Bremner
Thomas Lisle Coe-Brooker
Corinne Cumming
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
Tom Pullen
Ester Segarra

Best Album Artwork
Architects – Holy Hell
Behemoth – I Loved You at Your Darkest
Boston Manor – Welcome to the Neighbourhood
Bullet For My Valentine – Gravity
Don Broco – Technology
Ghost – Prequelle
Judas Priest – Firepower


Tickets are available via a random ballot to HMA19 voters. If you’ve missed out, look out for competitions in the run-up to the awards for further chances to win.

Head to the official Heavy Music Awards website to discover more.

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