Announces More Special Appearances, Guests and Performances +
First 2016 Collaborative Performance:
BABYMETAL + Judas Priest’s ROB HALFORD
New Performances to Include: DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL* MACHINE GUN KELLY STEPHAN JENKINS of THIRD EYE BLIND * MATTY MULLINS of MEMPHIS MAY FIRE * MAX * JENNA MCDOUGALL of TONIGHT ALIVE * EDDY BREWERTON of MOOSE BLOOD … and more to be announced!
Each year, the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy brings fans exciting collaborative performances from today’s most celebrated alternative music artists. Previous performances combining the talents of Slash and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts;Asking Alexandria and Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis; Falling In Reverse, Coolio and Tyler Carter of Issues; Halestorm and Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor and more have dazzled audiences worldwide. The 2016 APMAs will present even more of these incredible performances — the first of which will feature none other than legendary heavy metal vocalistRob Halford of Judas Priest and pop metal phenomenons and Best International Bandnominees BABYMETAL! Combining raw 1970’s-era classic heavy metal influences with fresh modern visuals and Japanese pop styles, this performance will be a can’t-miss moment amidst the evening’s festivities.
In an official Alternative Press video announcement, BABYMETAL‘s SU-METAL states, “I am still at a loss of what to feel, but to be able to perform together with the metal god, I am in disbelief… I know it will be an amazing experience for us and I am really looking forward to it.”
BABYMETAL, the breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group featuring 18-year-old SU-METAL and 16-year-olds YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL, backed by a four-piece band, released their sophomore album Metal Resistance this past April (debuting atop Billboard’s “World Albums” chart and iTunes’ “Top Heavy Metal Albums” chart) and took the world by storm when they made their U.S. late-night TV debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (April 5).
Rob Halford of Judas Priest defines the ideals, imagery and musicality of heavy metal. He has become an icon of the industry and Judas Priest have reigned as one of the most influential and popular metal bands of all time since their formation in 1969. From one decade to the next, Halford has led the way with an aggressive, yet melodic vocal delivery and a ferocious scream that could crack the ceiling of the Sistine chapel. After their groundbreaking 1990 album,Painkiller, Priest and Halford parted company for a few years, but in 2004, Halford resumed his role as frontman with Judas Priest and they have continued to record head-banging, jaw-dropping metal and perform sold-out concerts for arena and stadium audiences across the world.
Halford adds, “It’s really cool to hear and watch such a strong young Japanese metal band make solid growth in the world with such unique conviction and invite me to head bang along with them for this special appearance. Further proof of the continuing power exchange from the roots of metal into the future metalsphere!”
RED CARPET HOSTS ANNOUNCED
This year’s APMAs, hosted by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of eight-time AP cover starsAll Time Low, will broadcast live the evening of July 18 from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio (schottensteincenter.com). The APMAs are offering a “punk-rock convention” as an alternative to the Republican National Convention taking place in the magazine’s hometown of Cleveland that night. The star-studded red carpet will once again be hosted by infectious frontman Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die and macabre beauty Ash Costello ofNew Years Day. Fans can watch the red carpet from their mobile devices via Facebook live stream with APTV correspondent Nick Major.
MORE PERFORMANCES AND APPEARANCES!
In addition to the collaborative performance from BABYMETAL and Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford, Dashboard Confessional will take the stage, plus special guest performances including Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind, Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive, Machine Gun Kelly, MAX, Eddy Brewerton of Moose Blood and Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire. Additional special guest appearances will be made by Pierce The Veil, Motionless In White, Jarrod Alonge, Telle Smith of The Word Alive, Bradley Walden of Emarosa, Garret Rapp of The Color Morale, Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills, Brenton Dean of Holy White Hounds, Matt Brandyberry of From Ashes To New, Real Friends, 3OH!3 andKillswitch Engage. More guests appearances to be announced shortly.
Other 2016 APMAs performers include platinum-selling headliners A Day To Remember, Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, Of Mice & Men, Papa Roach, Issues, the Maine, Mayday Paradeand Beartooth, with more artists still to be announced. The 2016 APMAs also will feature a special appearance from Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of Underøath. This year’s Icon Award, presented by Equal Vision Records/MerchNOW, will be awarded to platinum-selling rock legend Marilyn Manson.
Visit the APMAs Vans Voting Site at altpress.com/apmasvote2016 to check out all of this year’s nominees and vote for your favorites now! Voting has become an international phenomenon, with ballots coming in from over 130 countries. Also, visit this location for information regarding future performing artists, honorees and presenter announcements, tickets and VIP packages, pre-show parties, red carpet appearances and beyond.
Alternative Press Music Awards tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster here. VIP experience packages are available via SoundRink-An Experience Company-and will include limited merchandise, elite access to the red carpet and prime indoor seating and VIP meet-and-greets. The VIP Pit Experience is for the loudest, most energetic fan of the APMAs. This is the best experience for the fan who wants to be so close to the action that they’re a part of it, themselves. Tickets are extremely limited! The VIP Pit Experience is located in the center of the largest stage the APMAs has ever had. The stage features a large V-thrust that makes every seat the best seat in the house. Pick up your VIP Pit Experience tickets now via www.altpress.com/pit.
Last year’s trending event earned the title of “The GRAMMYs of Alternative Music” from TIME Magazine. The 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards achieved over one million views on AXS TV and over three million views on YouTube. Re-live 2015’s best moments via the highlight reel here. The APMAs have featured performances by some of today’s biggest rock artists and bona fide legends-from Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Panic! At The Disco and Paramore’s Hayley Williams to Weezer, Joan Jett and Guns N’ Roses co-founder Slash.
Building upon the success of last year’s event, the APMAs is thrilled to once again be supported by returning title sponsor Journeys, a leader in the teen specialty retail scene focused on lifestyle-driven branded footwear and accessories in over 800 stores across all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. In addition to Journeys, the APMAs also welcomes fellow sponsors Monster Energy, CreativeLive, DW Drums, CD Baby, Disc Makers, Rise Records, Eleven Seven Music, Better Noise Records, Musicians Institute, EarthQuaker Devices, Razor & Tie, Hopeless Records, Sub City,Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen, Ernie Ball, Epitaph Records, Equal Vision Records, MerchNOW, Vans, Fearless Records, Jeffree Starr Cosmetics, AKT, SharpTone, Lovers Are Lunatics, Entertainment One, Another Century, Pure Noise Records and SoundRink.
Don’t miss the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards and your chance to cast your vote for your favorite bands! Check altpress.com/apmas over the coming weeks for new announcements and information.
The APMAs are produced by Mike Shea, Joe Scarpelli, Josh Bernstein, Kevin Lyman and Marc Grant.
About Alternative Press:
Now in its 30th year, Alternative Press continues to be on the forefront of discovering new artists, breaking news and reporting on the latest trends in music and youth culture. Since its early days as a pasted-up fanzine in the mid-’80s, Alternative Press is one of the largest music magazines in the world. AP provides in-depth interviews and exclusive photos, making it an essential collectors piece for a passionate fan base, as well as digitally through various mobile formats. AP has expanded its digital reach via an enhanced mobile app and Altpress.com, one of the world’s fastest-growing websites. The site has become a necessary destination for up-to-the-minute breaking news, coverage from our national APTV correspondents, exclusive multimedia premieres and much more. Additionally, the brand has been successfully extended through live events, beginning with the launch of the AP Tour and the company’s annual AP Music Award Show, which trended No. 1 worldwide on Twitter and Facebook. Independently owned and operated, AP continues to reach millions of fans, offering them insight to the hottest artists and cultural trends first.
Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 800 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens who seek the hottest, new styles. The Journeys store is more than a retail environment; it’s an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers’ lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through www.journeys.com, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grass-roots events like national concert tours and the Vans Warped Tour. Journeys is, in every way, an attitude you can wear!
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