Brand New Venue Announced For Heavy Metal Awards As OVO Arena Wembley Is Announced For 2023

Exciting news for all fans of the Heavy Music Awards, it’s got a brand new home! 2023 will see the 2023 show move to the iconic OVO Arena Wembley. This incredibly exciting event showcases the leading talent in heavy music and is a date we all have in our calendars for Friday 26th May. With this exciting upgrade in venue from O2 Forum Kentish Town, 2023 will see the UK’s biggest rock music awards ceremony to ever be held.

Co-organised by Dave Bradley and Andy Pritchard, Heavy Group shared

“We are immensely proud to be taking the Heavy Music Awards to OVO Arena Wembley, unquestionably one of the most prestigious music venues on earth. We have worked tirelessly over the last six years to build the HMAs into a platform benefitting a scene bursting with talent and creativity.”

From its first year 2017, the HMSa have recognised the most influential and groundbreaking creatives in the heavy music scene. Setting itself as a staple in the calendar, this event is perfect for getting up to date with some of the industries most exciting acts.

This move across the capital to a significantly larger venue further sow cases a culture-wide shift with heavy music breaking further and further into the mainstream. Alumni of the HMAs have gone on to receive high praise and critical acclaim accompanied by huge commercial success. Previous acts including Nova Twins went from HMA artists in 2019 to featuring on the iconic Times Square billboard in 2021, with all time favourites and six-time HMA recipients Architects securing a UK Number 1 album spot last year.

John Drury, VP & General Manager of OVO Arena Wembley says: “We couldn’t be more delighted to be welcoming the Heavy Music Awards to their new home at the OVO Arena Wembley. Heavy Group have created a vital and fan-focussed event that has gone from strength to strength in a short space of time and we’re honoured to be part of their next chapter. As an arena, we welcome established bands and artists back to  OVO Arena Wembley all the time, but we also host many first-time headliners every year. No doubt some of the emerging talent championed by the Heavy Music Awards will return to the OVO Arena  OVO Arena Wembley for their own headline shows soon!”

Over just a few short years, the HMA’s and community supporting it has seen a massive growth that continues to celebrate the success of everyone within the heavy music world.

Ensuring impartiality, the awards feature a panel of over a thousand industry insiders and experts nominating the finalists with the public having the final say on the award winners. Giving fans a direct say in the industry’s most beloved acts helps insure there is a passion driven effort in developing their own beloved scene.

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