The winners of the third annual Heavy Music Awards have been announced at a packed O2 Forum Kentish Town, UK.

Described as the only fully independent, fully democratic programme of its kind, about 600 judges were on the industry-wide panel, including a few from Australia.

The event was hosted by Against Me! singer and guitarist Laura Jane Grace and featured live performances by Cancer Bats, Loathe, Nova Twins and Delaire The Liar.

Following wins at both HMA17 and HMA18, Architects continued their run with two awards here – the first time any winner has picked up multiple awards at the same HMAs.

The Brighton act picked up Best Album for ‘Holy Hell’, as well as Best Live Band.

Australian heavyweights Parkway Drive picked up Best International Band, capping off a summer that saw them headline at first-time Best Festival winner, Bloodstock Open Air.

Elsewhere, Best UK Band was taken out by Bring Me The Horizon in the year they topped the All Points East line-up and celebrated a number one album in ‘amo’, while Dream State picked up Best UK Breakthrough 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 M. Bielak’s work on ‘Prequelle’, legendary snapper Paul Harries won Best Photographer, and Dan Weller picked up Best Producer.

Finally, Dixon family received The H for their services to the heavy music scene.

The family are revered on the live circuit for selflessly offering accommodation to bands touring the north east for many years.

According to organisers, the Heavy Music Awards panel is comprised of around 600 individuals who make their home somewhere in the music industry.

The size and the variety of the roles represented by this panel are a key part of ensuring the HMAs are as democratic as possible.

Each of these individuals is asked to nominate their three favourites in each category – their nominations are tallied up, and the top seven in each category are finalists, which the public then votes on. There is no other factor in the process.


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
RCA Records

Best International Band – Presented by The Pit
Parkway Drive
Epitaph Records

Best Live Band – Presented by O2 Forum Kentish Town
Epitaph Records

Best UK Breakthrough Band – Presented by Believe
Dream State

Best International Breakthrough Band – Presented by Fireball
Fever 333
Roadrunner Records

Best Festival
Bloodstock Open Air

Best Photographer
Paul Harries

Best Producer – Presented by Allianz Musical Insurance
Dan Weller

The H
The Dixon Family