On Thursday 24th August 2017, the first ever Heavy Music Awards took place in London.
Hosted at probably one of the best venues ever, the famous House Of Vans London was a fitting location for the heavy music scene.
Celebrating all the best things that have happened over the last year across the world of rock, metal, punk and everything in between, the Heavy Music Awards splashed out on a night of music extravaganza!
Sophie K and Alex Baker led through the night and accompanied by some of the biggest names in the scene, handed over several awards to the worthy winners.
Highlights of the Heavy Music Awards were the amazing live performances by some of the best new acts in the UK heavy music scene. Opening up the night were London rockers Dead! setting the scene for a great night that had only just begun.
Next up on stage were Scottish four-piece ‘VUKOVI‘ who instantly owned the stage. Front woman Janine Shilstone seems to truly come to live on stage, throughout the whole set she was constantly running around, rolling around on the floor or reaching out to some fans in the front row.
For their song ‘A.N.I.M.A.L‘ the band asked the crowd for help and House Of Vans instantly delivered. VUKOVI are bold with a fresh sound and are simply embracing being different. If they keep up the hard work, with no doubt they will be eyeing up an award next year.
After the first sets of awards in the categories ‘Best Venue’, ‘Best Album Artwork’, ‘Best Breakthrough Act’, ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Festival’ were handed over to all the well-deserved winners another musical intersection followed.
Providing the mid-show musical entertainment were Wales death metal band ‘Venom Prison‘. Unlike the majority of metal bands, venom Prison is fronted by a talented lady, Larissa Stupar.
If you thought woman can’t be proper singers in metal bands, think again and listen to Venom Prison. Larissa’s growling is unlike anything you have heard before. Venom Prison preformed a couple of songs from their album ‘Animus‘ before the award ceremony commenced.
The Heavy Music Awards went on to honour the very best of the scene in categories like ‘Best International Band’, ‘Best Live Band’, ‘Best Photographer’, ‘Best UK Band’ and ‘Best Album’.
After all categories had been awarded, the first ever Heavy Music Awards at the House Of Vans ended with an amazing performance by Southampton outfit ‘Creeper‘.
Closing the show with a bang, Creeper performed their biggest hits so far! The band had just come back from touring the US and seemed pretty chuffed to be back on UK soil which was mirrored in their energetic set.
Songs from their debut album ‘Eternity, In Your Arms‘ sounded huge, giving fans a taste of what is to come when Creeper hit the UK roads again in December.
Finishing their set in style, the Creeper Cult treated the Heavy Music Awards to a gorgeous rendition of ‘Misery‘, which with a little help from the crowd, was the perfect ending to such a great event.
The Heavy Music Awards have outdone themselves in the first year running. What a great night it was, with so many happy winners across an array of diverse categories and outstanding musical performances.
Congratulations to all the well-deserved winners and to the Heavy Music Awards itself, for an amazing night in music!
Full winners list below.
Heavy Music Awards 2017 – The Winners
BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by PPL
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
BEST ALBUM ARTWORK presented by The Pit
Ghost – Popestar (Zbigniew M Bielak)
BEST PRODUCER presented by Believe
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER presented by Olympus
BEST FESTIVAL presented by Jackson Guitars
BEST VENUE presented by Scuzz
O2 Academy, Brixton