The Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, has added even more performers and presenters, in addition to this year’s official red carpet hosts and esteemed recipients of the Vanguard and Icon Awards. The APMAs will take place on July 22, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The APMAs announced that they will be presenting the revered Vanguard Award to hard-rock legend and respected filmmaker Rob Zombie. As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film, selling over 15 million albums worldwide. He is also the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million.
This year’s Icon Award honorees are none other than American punk-rock mavericks X, who were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the Los Angeles punk scene of the late ‘70s. The group’s first two albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift appear on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time list.
The APMAs also announced this year’s AXS TV Red Carpet hosts: Every Time I Die’s wisecracking frontman Keith Buckley and New Years Day’s striking frontwoman Ash Costello. The pair will interview many of this year’s stars as they make their way down the red carpet and into the main event.
Gibson Brands is also returning as one of the main sponsors of the APMAs and will be hosting the official Gibson Backstage Artist Lounge. All performers, presenters, honorees and award winners will gather at the Lounge for their post-stage victory interviews.
Additionally, the APMAs announced Tumblr as an official partner. This year, the APMAs launched the first-ever “Tumblr Fandom Of The Year” award. Every day, thousands of fandoms post artwork, GIFs, funny memes and so much more on their Tumblr pages, and these nominees were among the most posted about last year. The nominees were chosen via Tumblr’s Fandometrics, and AP staff choices. You can vote for your favorite/the most creative fandom at altpress.tumblr.com through July 6.
NOMINEES AND VOTING HERE:
In addition, to the “Tumblr Fandom Of The Year” award there will be a GIF booth backstage capturing all the exclusive behind the scenes moments from award winners, performers and talent associated with the show. Follow the night’s mayhem on AP’s Tumblr blog.
AP cover stars Pierce The Veil are the latest addition to the list of performances at this year’s APMAs. PTV are one of the fastest-rising artists in the music scene currently, following the success of their 2012 release, Collide With The Sky, which has sold nearly 300,000 copies in the US alone. The album features the single “King For A Day” which has been certified Gold and has racked up an astounding 50 million YouTube views. At last year’s APMAs, the band won three awards, including Best Live Band.
Additional live performances include Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Sum 41, a special performance from New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams, Rob Zombie, X, DMC of Run DMC, Mike Herrera of MxPx, Taking Back Sunday, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Halestorm, a special performance featuring four-time nominees PVRIS and Issues frontman Tyler Carter, Black Veil Brides, Simple Plan, and Motionless In White. The world-renowned Contemporary Youth Orchestra will also return to the APMAs to accompany many of the evening’s performances.
New presenters this year include members of the Amity Affliction, Asking Alexandria, Beartooth, Crossfaith, Drama Club, Every Time I Die, Man Overboard, Major League, Memphis May Fire, Metro Station, Miss May I, Neck Deep, Never Shout Never, New Politics, New Years Day, Silverstein, State Champs and We Came As Romans. Additional appearances will be made by members of ‘68, As It Is, August Burns Red, Bullet For My Valentine, Mayday Parade, Motion City Soundtrack, Parkway Drive, Real Friends, Senses Fail, Set It Off, This Wild Life and While She Sleeps with more to be announced soon.
Voting on all awards is open now via www.altpress.com/apmas, in addition to the Best Music Video award, which can be voted upon exclusively at any Journeys retail location via voter mobile device and store-provided QR codes or via journeys.com/bestmusicvideo. Voting ends on July 6, 2015.
APMAs Early Bird discount tickets and Ultimate Monster Travel Packages are already sold out, but you can still purchase several other ticketing options now. Available options include reserved seats at $59.99, premium seats at $79.99, Vans Warped Tour bundles for $89.99, general admission pit passes for $199.99 (which now include early entry) and special VIP packages are $249.99. Head to www.altpress.com/apmas for all ticket offerings and details on each option listed above.
As previously announced, Alternative Press Magazine will be honored by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum with the unveiling of a special new exhibit, Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine At 30, presented by Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen and Jakprints. The exhibit opening will kick-off with a special Sonic Session featuring Danish alt-rock group New Politics and one of AP’s “100 Bands You Need to Know In 2015,” Vinyl Theatre.
EXHIBIT OPENING TIMELINE:
7:00pm – Doors open to the public
8:00pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT begins, featuring New Politics & Vinyl Theatre
11:00pm – Museum closes
The exhibit opens on the eve of the APMAs, July 21st. For more information and in-depth details about the exhibit, visit www.rockhall.com.