With the second annual AP Music Awards taking place July 22 (get your tickets now), at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, we thought we would use the weeks leading up to this epic event to give you a category-by-category breakdown of the nominees, so you can be an informed voter. Read on to learn about the Best Live Band nominees, and cast your vote at altpress.com/apmas!

A Day to Remember

Not only does A Day to Remember tour with the hottest bands—they started their own festival! They can play from Riot Fest to arena tours to foreign countries to small secret shows in their home state and always kill it.  



It must be standard when booking a letlive. tour that each venue has some sort of scaffold for Jason Butler to climb. Whether they are playing to a sold-out venue or to 75 people at a festival in Hungary, you can’t help but be sucked in by their message and charisma onstage.


Panic! at the Disco

One word:  PRODUCTION!  Panic always puts on a huge production for their show. I mean, how else do you match the theatrical lyrics and Brendon Urie’s singing than with 50-foot high projection screens and smoke machines?



It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 30, a new or lifelong fan; the live Paramore show is for all fans. Every Paramore tour is so different, you never feel like you’re catching the same show. Not to mention, Hayley Williams has energy like no one on this planet, keeping you on your feet all night long.   


twenty one pilots

twenty one pilots connect with their fans in ways other bands only dream they could. If you’re slammed against the front barricade or you’re sitting in a seat at the very top of the venue, you leave their shows feeling like you can change the world.  


The Wonder Years

The Wonder Years have been killing it since they started playing shows.  What happens when you mix super-relatable lyrics with an emotionally open vocalist?  Stage dives, circle pits and the loudest gang vocals you can imagine.  


Feel educated yet? Good—now go cast your vote at altpress.com/apmas! Tickets for the award show are on sale now.