It’s official — platinum-selling rockers A Day To Remember will lead the 2016 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy as headliners! ADTR join additional supporters Good Charlotte, Yellowcard, Of Mice & Men, Papa Roach, BABYMETAL, Issues, the Maine, Mayday Parade and Beartooth, with more performers still to be announced.
This year’s APMAs, hosted by Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of eight-time AP cover stars All Time Low, will broadcast live the evening of July 18 from the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio (schottensteincenter.com). This year, 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.
In addition to performing at this year’s APMAs, A Day To Remember — featuring vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Kevin Skaff and Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodard and drummer Alex Shelnutt — is hitting the road with Blink-182 for a summer arena tour set to kick off July 22 at Viejas Arena in San Diego, CA. News of the tour follows the recent Zane Lowe/Beats 1 Radio Show premiere of A Day To Remember’s new single and video, “Paranoia,” which has already amassed more than 3 million Spotify streams and 2.5 million YouTube views – click HERE to watch. Recorded with producer Bill Stevenson (Descendants, Black Flag) and mixed by Grammy winner Andy Wallace (Foo Fighters, Slayer), “Paranoia” is the band’s first new music since 2013’s Common Courtesy. Over the course of the past several years, each of ADTR‘s releases have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Indie and/or Alternative Charts, they’ve sold more than a million units, racked up over 400 million Spotify streams and 500 million YouTube views, racked up two gold-selling albums and singles (and one silver album in the UK) and sold out entire continental tours, amassing a global fanbase whose members number in the millions. All of which explains why Rolling Stone called them “An Artist You Need To Know.”
A Day To Remember guitarist and Best Guitarist award nominee Kevin Skaff states, “We’re really excited to be playing at this year’s APMAs. Also, do I get an award for perfect attendance or nah? And thank you for nominating me for “Best Guitarist”. It’s an honor!”
The 2016 APMAs also will feature a special appearance from Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie of post-hardcore favorites Underøath, who just finished their 2016 “Rebirth” tour. Gillespie is nominated in the Best Drummer category, presented by DW Drums.
In addition to the award nominees mentioned above, 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, and VIP experience packages are available via SoundRink-An Experience Company! SoundRink VIP packages will include limited merchandise, elite access to the red carpet and prime indoor seating and VIP meet-and-greets. The APMAs is also partnering with PromoWest Fest (www.promowestfest.com, Columbus, July 15 to 17), so tickets will be available via their box office through Ticketmaster as well.
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 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.