The JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS Returns with a Vengeance for 2015

Last summer, rock music’s newest and most popular awards show – Alternative Press Magazine’s AP Music Awards – made a grand entrance with once-in-a-lifetime performances, a star-studded red carpet and unprecedented support from dedicated fans around the world. Now, the AP Music Awards are back and ready for more, and if last year’s show serves as any indication, 2015’s event is gearing up to be even bigger and better than its spectacular inaugural experience.   

This year’s AP Music Awards, sponsored by Journeys, will take place on July 22, 2015, held again in Alternative Press Magazine’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio,  a city being touted as a top travel location for 2015 by key travel blogs and publications such as Fodor’s and the LA Times. Last year, the APMAs solidified Cleveland as an undeniably important spot on the musical map, adding to the list of outstanding events previously held at the esteemed Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum.

While hosting last year’s event at the Rock Hall was nothing short of incredible, this year’s awards event is being moved to a bigger venue based on anticipated growth reflected by the astounding success of last year’s event. This year, the AMPAs will be held at Quicken Loans Arena, home of LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers! Once again, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum will host the official APMAsafterparty where all the winners, performers and industry insiders will celebrate together in this legendary landmark.

Greg Harris, CEO and President of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum says, “2015 is an incredible year for music and tourism in Cleveland. 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!” 

The 2014 APMAs were hosted by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182, who brought true class and comedy to the show. In 2015, Alternative Press has pulled from the new school of rock royalty, inviting hilarious hosts and heartthrobs Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat of Billboard-chart topping group and five-time AP cover stars All Time Low. “We couldn't be more honored and excited to be chosen to host the 2015 APMAs,” states Gaskarth. “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!”

The juicy details fans are anxiously awaiting – including information on this year’s nominees, voting (beginning in March), tickets, performers, pre-show party, red carpet appearances, etc. – will be announced soon, so keep your eyes peeled for more information by visiting www.altpress.com/apmas over the coming weeks. 

As mentioned above, the 2015 APMAs are thrilled to be supported by 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. “Journeys is committed to supporting the best in music and youth culture, and the APMAs captures both of these worlds,” says Journeys Group President & CEO Jim Estepa. “We're excited to be a part of it.” 

In addition to Journeys, the APMAS are welcoming back official radio sponsor idobi along with several other top sponsors, including CreativeLive, Destination Cleveland, Disc Makers, DW Drums, Lace Pickups, and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum.

Alternative Press Magazine CEO Mike Shea states, “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. 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.”

Last year, the APMAs featured amazing appearances and performances from artists as diverse as Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Ice-T and Body Count, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, the Misfits, Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Jonathan Davis of Korn, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, Coolio and many more.  Watch all the highlights here.  

Aside from the 6,500 plus attendees in 2014, millions of people were introduced to the APMAs on July 21, 2014 via AXS TV. In addition, to the award show trended No. 1 worldwide for 24-plus hours through Facebook and Twitter with an overall 2.5 billion combined impressions.

 Don’t miss the 2015 AP Music Awards! Check back to www.altpress.com/apmas over the coming weeks for new announcements and information.