Updated: AP Music Awards to Take Place at the Q in July

Concert Announcement

Updated: Headliners have just been announced for the Alternative Press Music Awards that take place in July at the Q. Weezer — whose 2014 album Everything Will Be Alright In the End is nominated for the Album of the Year” — will be the headliner. Panic! At The Disco, Taking Back Sunday, Motionless In White, All Time Low, New Found Glory (featuring Hayley Williams), Echosmith, Halestorm and the Madden Brothers are all slated to perform. The Contemporary Youth Orchestra will accompany many of the bands.

In addition, Deryck Whibley and Sum 41 will reunite for the event and Simple Plan will return to the stage after a three-year hiatus. Black Veil Brides, who won the Most Dedicated Fans award last year, will also play a special set. 

(Originally Posted 1/08/2015)

Last summer, locally based Alternative Press Magazine made a huge splash with its inaugural AP Music Awards. Televised live, the event featured a red carpet and honored both up-and-coming bands and legacy acts such as Slash, Billy Corgan and Joan Jett, all of whom were in attendance. This year’s AP Music Awards, sponsored by Journeys, is set to take place on July 22. This year’s event has moved into a larger venue — it will be held at Quicken Loans Arena. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will host the official after party.

“2015 is an incredible year for music and tourism in Cleveland,” says Greg Harris, CEO and President of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum, in a press release. “It’s the 20th Anniversary of the Museum, the Inductions are here in April and the APMAs return in July. These marquee events and our museum exhibits celebrate the power of rock and honor the creators and those who take rock in exciting new directions today. Last year’s APMAs were great, this year will be even bigger and better! We are proud to welcome all fans and artists to Cleveland and our Museum for the AP Music Awards!”

All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat will host the awards. “We couldn't be more honored and excited to be chosen to host the 2015 APMAs,” states Gaskarth in a press release. “We've got some big shoes to fill after last year’s amazing debut, but we're going to do our damnedest to make this an award show that truly pays homage to the punk / rock / alternative scenes we hail from. It's all about shaking things up and keeping the night weird and exciting. We can't wait!”

Voting begins in March for the event which acknowledges underground bands that other institutions tend to ignore. “The APMAs are the place where the alternative music scene all come together on one night not only to celebrate and honor the best in music from the previous year but also to have one giant party," says Alternative Press Magazine CEO Mike Shea in a press release. "As a community, due to constant touring and our individual careers, it's difficult to get us all together in one place to celebrate and have some fun. We had an amazing show this past year during the inaugural event and we are looking to throw an even larger party this summer at The Q.”

The stats from last year are rather impressive. The event reportedly drew a crowd of 6,500 and the award show reportedly trended No. 1 worldwide for 24-plus hours through Facebook and Twitter and had an overall 2.5 billion combined impressions.

About The Author

Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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