• Naomi Sanders

Heavy Music Awards at KOKO, Camden 2018

Updated: Jan 13


The second annual Heavy Music Awards took place in KOKO in Camden, a very different location to last year’s award show, but it was by no means any less entertaining. The amount of people, including musicians, industry professionals, journalists, photographers, and members of the public, made the event that more special. So does this year’s award show hold up to last year’s event? Yes, and then some!

The juxtaposition of having an event celebrating heavy rock and metal music in a venue with a decor more suited to an opera or ballet performance is interesting, and something great about the award show, indicating that anyone from anywhere was welcome to the event, and that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. This is a theme that resonates with many of the attendees, especially in one moment when in presenting The H Award to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, all of those in attendance were asked to raise their phone torches in remembrance of Sophie Lancaster. Kerrang! Radio presenter, Sophie K, once again led the whole festivities, continuing her work from last year, and delivered a great presentation once again! All those who presented the individual awards, whether musician or representative of a company, did a fantastic job, even with some going through technical difficulties like unresponsive microphones.

The performances of the night were great to watch as well. First up were Coldbones, a Kent based instrumental band, who did a great job of opening the show with their interesting and ease into the event as it was an introduction to a talented band with a genre that many people loved. Second band up were Brighton prog rock band, Black Peaks, who stunned audiences with not only their progressive, harsh sound, but also with vocalist, Will Gardner’s, impressive unclean vocals. They successfully captured the audience’s attention, and delivered a stellar performance that surprised many, and impressed others. After the first half of the the awards show, Best UK Breakthrough Band winner’s, Milk Teeth, came on next to deliver their punk music to the London crowd, performing well known hits like “Brain Food”, as well as softer songs like “Swear Jar (again)”. With NervusEm Foster filling in on guitar, it was a great set to listen to, and hopefully got more people interested in the band. Finally, after all the awards were presented, The Fever 333 stepped out onto the stage, delivering the best set of the night, and bringing all attendees together with their hardcore punk style, and protest-filled lyrics. Performing tracks from their debut extended EP, Made An America, the band truly brought the house down with their performance, with vocalist Jason Aalon Butler, and guitarist Steveis Harrison each having their moments within the crowd, and climbing around the balcony areas, with Harrison finishing by standing on the sound balcony, delivering fantastic musicianship. Afterwards, a decent after-party delivered by Emo Night UK to wrap up the whole evening.

Overall, this was another fantastic evening at the Heavy Music Awards, and everyone who attended that night is sure to be waiting in anticipation for next year’s event already. Congratulations to all the winners of the night, and a massive well done to the performers, presenters, organisers, staff members, security, and organisers for a fantastic event. We look forward to Heavy Music Awards 2019.

Heavy Music Awards 2018 – The Winners

BEST UK BREAKTHROUGH BAND

Milk Teeth

BEST FESTIVAL

Hellfest Open Air

BEST INTERNATIONAL BREAKTHROUGH BAND

Knocked Loose

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK

Sikth The Future In Whose Eyes? by Meats Meier

THE H

The Sophie Lancaster Foundation

BEST PRODUCER

Will Putney

BEST LIVE BAND

Gojira

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND

Metallica

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER

Ed Mason

BEST UK BAND

Architects

BEST ALBUM

While She Sleeps You Are We

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