New home in Columbus for 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards

January 28th, 2016


Held in Cleveland for the past two years, the Alternative Press Music Awards (APMAs) will be moving to Columbus. The APMAs honor the best in pop punk, alternative rock and other music genres.


Since the APMAs began in 2014, the awards show has formerly been held in large venues around Cleveland, including The Quicken Loans Arena and Voinovich Park.


Last year’s show featured top bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Twenty One Pilots, Weezer and Panic! At the Disco.


This year, the APMAs will be held on Monday, July 18 at Value City Arena at the Jerome Schottentstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus.


According to, the APMAs event, created in partnership with the annual Vans Warped Tour, will begin with a 2-hour-long red carpet pre-show with a 4-hour award ceremony following, proceeded by a VIP artist/industry after party. It is said that this year’s APMAs will surpass previous shows.


The APMAs, particularly last year, always receives some substantial social media attention.


The 2016 show had been featured in more than 900 million impressions across social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine and Snapchat, according to


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To add to this media attention, Alternative Press is planning a three-day takeover of Columbus with many events that will lead up to the big awards show.


A major reason why it was necessary to move the award show’s location this year is due to the upcoming Republican National Convention.


The 2016 APMAs will take place on the same day as the Republican National Convention begins, putting the awards show in competition for hotel availability, venues and sponsorships.


In September, CEO and publisher of Alternative Press, Mike Shea expressed concern that the awards show would have to look for venues outside the city of Cleveland.


Shea admitted that hosting the award show in Cleveland would be a long shot, but he intends to bring the 2017 APMAs back to Cleveland.


Headliners for the 2016 APMAs are expected to be announced sometime in March.


Editor’s Note: Information from, and were used in this report.