Friday, 17 June 2016

Music: The Kerrang! Awards

The Kerrang! Awards
The annual music awards show took place on 9th June 2016, held at The Troxy in East London. The Kerrang! Awards is a place where pop-punk, metalcore, screamo and every other kind of rock music you can think of comes together to create an awesome night full of pizza, alcohol and live music...what's not to love?
An art deco venue with a Great Gatsby vibe about it The Troxy may not be the first place you'd expect to hold the Kerrang! Awards but when you roll out the black carpet, offer free shots to the guests the minute they enter the reception and invite Mark Hoppus from Blink 182 and Scott Gorham from Thin Lizzy along you certainly up the rock factor.
Aesthetically The Kerrang! Awards was awesome; the backdrop was an eerie, gothic drawing with a slightly comic book style to it featuring a cat faced bat with skeleton details and a ouija board. (Awesome I know.) The podium took the shape of a gothic skull featuring glowing eyes that was stood next to an old school street lantern and two large white speakers with a glorious unicorn and a majestic lion scrawled onto them. It was all wondefully creepy.
The editor of Kerrang! James McMahon came out to give a little speech, Lemmy was of course mentioned, and soon after we were introduced to our rather random presenters; Benji Webbe from Skindred and Justin Hawkins from The Darkness. An unlikely duo which worked in many ways, Justin's quirky campness and Benji's Welsh laddish behaviour ensured an interesting night was had.
Most winners were graceful, funny or honored that they had won (All Time Low, Creeper, A Day To Remember, Mark Hoppus etc) a certain band gave a 'rockstar' speech with a mic drop and everything (Cane Hill) and one was even interuppted by Benji Webbe and barely had a chance to say their thanks (BABYMETAL.)
Some wins were controversial; BEST ALBUM, BEST LIVE ACT, BEST NEWCOMER to name a few but once the awards were all given out and the drinks started rolling most people chilled out and were happy to have a beverage or two.
Unlike most music awards shows (The BRITs, Metal Hammer Golden Gods, MTV etc) Kerrang! didn't have music intervals but instead had a few hours of awards followed by two mini gigs from British metalcore band Asking Alexandria and Floridian hardcore punk band A Day To Remember. This was the first time Kerrang! had tried such a thing and it showed, just a little, but still it must have been frustrating for Asking Alexandria to have extreme feedback as they started the night off. This being said there's no denying the guys have talent, it was the first time I had seen Asking Alexandria with their new singer Denis Stoff and what a fantastic addition to the band he is. Dare I say he sounded better live than on The Black album? (Brilliant album FYI) The stage presence from all members works perfectly and you can tell they are loving every minute.
With alcohol flowing and music blaring as we watched from The Circle you could interact with journalists, roadies, rockstars and those who managed to snag themselves  a VIP pass. Frank Carter was delightfully chatty, Neck Deep took advantage of the free beer as they hung out with Creeper and I swear I spotted Cane Hill fan-girling over Kevin Skaff.
The photos I took are few and far between, I forgot my camera which was extremely frustrating and I was having such a fun night I didn't honestly think about taking pictures....
 To check out the winners from the event click here 

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