The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards is set to return, with organisers promising the 2016 event will be "the biggest awards show in rock". Taking place at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London on 13th June 2016, the annual bash this year will celebrate thirty years since its parent magazine first hit the news stands.
As well as planned performances from some of the biggest and best bands from the worlds of rock and metal, organisers have promised "something very special" to mark the historic anniversary, cryptically describing it as a "never ever be repeated, ever, 'I was there' moment".
Voting for the awards is now open here, with fans having the chance to have their say on who will be crowned this years' 'Golden Gods'. Voting categories include Best New Band, Best Underground Band, Best International Band, and Best Live Band.
As well as contributing to the selection process, the public will have their chance to attend the 2016 Golden Gods. Tickets are priced at an evilly appropriate £6.66, with all proceeds will be going to charity. Beneficiaries include Teenage Cancer Trust, Nordoff Robbins, and Childline.
Speaking about the event, TeamRock Executive Director Alexander Milas says; "the Metal Hammer Golden Gods are our way of saying thank you to the genuine fanatics out there who've supported us for thirty years,"
The Metal Hammer editor-in-chief continues; "it's a party, it's an award show, it's a horn-throwing salute to the great and good of our community who've made our music the greatest cultural phenomena of the 20th, and now, 21st centuries".
Going on to talk about the historic choice of venue, Milas says; "It's only fitting that we're holding them at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. As a cultural landmark and a living institution, it's hosted some of the greatest, most iconic artists of our age, including the dearly departed Lemmy Kilmister who we'll be paying tribute to on the night".
Taking place annually since 2003, the Golden Gods honours those from the worlds of rock and metal. Last years' winners included Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, who was crowned the 'Golden God', Brian May who took home the 'Riff Lord' award, and Faith No More who won 'Best Album' for 'Sol Invictus'.
Speaking exclusively to eonmusic via gigsandfestivals on the red carpet at the 2015 awards, Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner praised the event saying; "to be representing something that means so much to so many people is a huge honour.
He continued; “I’m a fortunate guy to be here really. I’m happy that the fans voted, and thanks to Metal Hammer as well.”
Tickets for the Metal Hammer Golden Gods which takes place at the Eventim Applolo, Hammersmith on 13 June are on sale now. Those who vote in the wards also have a chance to win tickets to the event.