The Heavy Music Awards set for OVO Arena Wembley in 2023

The 2023 edition of The Heavy Music Awards (HMA) will be held at OVO Arena Wembley on 23 May 2023. Running since 2017, the move to Wembley makes the HMAs the largest rock music awards.

The HMAs have in the past supported the breakthrough careers of Nova Twins, Wargasm, Spiritbox, Cassyette and Hot Milk whilst also recognising the colossal success of Slipknot, Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari in the UK market and beyond.

“The HMAs has demonstrated their commitment to our culture representing the best in our community with a continued focus on spotlighting emerging artists,” M. Shawn Crahan of Slipknot said.

“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,” Dave Bradley and Andy Pritchard from the Heavy Group said. “We have worked tirelessly over the last six years to build the HMAs into a platform befitting a scene bursting with talent and creativity. By moving to OVO Arena Wembley, we are realising our ambition to create an event that will recognise both emerging and established talent in the biggest possible way. We cannot wait to welcome artists, industry and fans to this spectacular arena in May for what we promise will be an unforgettable evening and a great way to kick off another epic summer of music.”

“We couldn’t be more delighted to be welcoming the Heavy Music Awards to their new home at the OVO Arena Wembley,” John Drury, VP & General Manager of OVO Arena Wembley, said. “Heavy Group has 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 Wembley for their own headline shows soon.”

For more details, including the lists of past winners, visit

Sleeve Notes

Sign up for the MetalTalk Newsletter, an occasional roundup of the best Heavy Metal News, features and pictures curated by our global MetalTalk team.

More in Heavy Metal



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Search MetalTalk

MetalTalk Venues

MetalTalk Venues - The Devil's Dog Digbeth
MetalTalk Venues – The Green Rooms Live Music and Rehearsal
The Patriot, Crumlin - The Home Of Rock
Interview: Christian Kimmett, the man responsible for getting the bands in at Bannerman's Bar
Cart & Horses, London. Birthplace Of Iron Maiden
The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton

New Metal News