We’re excited and honoured to be part of the Heavy Music Awards voting panel. After all, this is an open and valid recognition of the creative talents of those who work in and around this incredibly eclectic and diverse music scene. The validity comes from the fact that the Heavy Music Awards are not only voted by those rooted in the industry. As the enthusiasts who exchange their hard-earned cash for the music, the festivals, the merch and the tour; ultimately are whose votes determine whom the winners will be. We sent Katie Clare off to London for the big night and let us know what went down and who won.
There is such an infectious buzz of excitement throughout 02 Forum Kentish Town with both red carpet activity and fans arriving. Punk duo Delaire, The Liar has the task of starting the night off their stridently analytical style is more engaging than you’d expect from two guys on such a big stage.
Nova Twins were an incredible addition to the line-up with their bass-heavy and relentless bouncy FX-mangled tracks. The South London duo, cut together crafty and intense vocals with adamant, boarding on petulant, punk together with a mush of hip-hop, grime and pop. It is an infectious mix delivered by an engaging band.
Taking on hosting duties is Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace who does a great job of keeping the audience engaged and informed as we run through the awards.
You are guaranteed a set that is magnificently fierce, raw and feverish from Liverpool’s Loathe: they just don’t disappoint. Delivered with furious hyperactive a raft of tempestuous progressive post-hardcore metalcore, Loathe’s technically complex rhythmic layers of sound are brilliantly dynamic and engaging. Lead vocalist Kadeem France combines intense and clean vocal that work in unison with the vast soundscape Loathe create.
Cancer Bats provide an exciting and extraordinarily invigorating set to end the night off. It’s an energetic and comprehensive set, that dips into five albums, with a cover of Beastie Boy’s Sabotage thrown in for good measure. Hail Destroyer, the eponymous title-track from their 2008 album, illuminates the mood exultantly, and while not the only track to ignite a vocal singalong and gleeful circle/mosh pits it certainly felt highly jubilant.
Architects once again reign supreme collecting the first-ever two awards in a year. The band walked away with Best Album for Holy Hell and Best Live Band. Their mantle must be groaning under the hefty of these heavyweight awards after also been trophy winners at the HMA17 and HMA18.
Bring Me The Horizon celebrated their number one album in amo in 2019 and now can add a Best UK band. HMA18 headliners Fever 333 won Best International Breakthrough Band, Ghost won Best Album Artwork for the second time in three years thanks to Zbigniew Bielak’s creativity with Prequelle.
Well-deserved recognition went to the Dixon family who received The H for their assistance to the heavy music scene. The Dixon’s are esteemed on the live circuit for their selfless support in accommodating touring bands in their home for many years. Having met Mr Dixon and some of the people they’ve provided accommodation too, at 2000Trees this year, we understand the help they provide is an invaluable to band’s on the road. You can check out the winners of all the categories below.
So, The Heavy Music Awards 2019 is over, however, you won’t see us crying over what is past. The Heavy Music Awards continues its new 2020 version and again it’ll be promoting this most creative of music forms and the all the positivity that is entrenched within.
HEAVY MUSIC AWARDS 2019: THE WINNERS
Best Album – Presented by EMP
Architects – Holy Hell
Epitaph Records, Produced by Josh Middleton and Dan Searle
Best UK Band – Presented by Spotify
Bring Me The Horizon
Best International Band – Presented by The Pit
Best Live Band – Presented by O2 Forum Kentish Town
Best UK Breakthrough Band – Presented by Believe
Best International Breakthrough Band – Presented by Fireball
Bloodstock Open Air
Best Producer – Presented by Allianz Musical Insurance
The Dixon Family
We’ll be reporting all we know when we know it about The Heavy Music Award 2020. You can also find an enormous about of information about how The Heavy Music Awards support both charity and education on their official website as well as news and links via their Twitter account from where they tweet as @heavymusicawds.