In the year of its 10th anniversary, the UK Festival Awards has opened nominations for festivals and the industry to put themselves forward for inclusion in the awards. From ‘Best Small’ to ‘Best Major’ festival categories, ‘Best Toilets’ to the panel-voted ‘Promoter of the Year’ award, the UKFA 2013 will celebrate every aspect of this year’s festival season and the industry behind it.
The winners will be presented with their trophies at a ceremony on Monday December 2 at The Roundhouse, London.
Festival promoters are invited to nominate their festival now by clicking here.
European festival promoters wishing to take part in the European Festival Awards should click here to nominate their events.
The main nomination form covers applications for all of the publicly-voted categories, including Best Major/Medium/Small Festival, Best Dance Event, Grassroots Festival of the Year, Best Toilets, Best Metropolitan Festival and Best Family Festival among others. However, there are separate forms for the following industry-focussed award categories:
- Promoter Of The Year – for event producers that went the extra mile this year
- Best Brand Activation – celebrating the most creative and well-executed sponsor activity this year
- The Extra Festival Award
- Best Use Of New Technology
A new category for this year is the Festival Technology Award, recognising how new innovations are transforming the experience for the festival-goer. Technology is playing an ever increasing role in live music and is likely to be one of the hot topics in this year’s UK Festival Conference programme.
Last year’s winners included Bestival, Bloodstock Open Air and Festival Number Six as well as acts including Jake Bugg and New Order. Industry categories were awarded to William Morris Agency for Agency of the Year and Southern Comfort’s Juke Joint for the ‘Brand Activation’ award, while Live Nation’s John Probyn was honoured with the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in a year that saw him preside over some of the biggest festivals and events, including the entertainment elements of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the UK has ever staged.
2013’s festival season has already seen it all, including mega-stars such as The Rolling Stones headlining a returning Glastonbury for the first time ever and Biffy Clyro’s continued ascendance to major headliner status. Much hype has surrounded sets from Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea, crowds have flocked to the disco renaissance courtesy of Nile Rogers and Chic and a raft of new electronic acts such as Disclosure and Rudimental have been a highlight for many.
Fast-forward to Monday 2nd December and the UK Festival Awards will be celebrating the summer’s best and most loved moments, as voted for by both the festival going public and a panel of industry experts, at The Roundhouse, London.
Forthcoming announcements will reveal shortlists, conference programme, ceremony host and The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Until then however the field is wide open with applications accepted via www.festivalawards.com/apply until 27th September.
Tickets start at just £40 and are available through the UK Festival Conference & Awards’ official ticketing partner Eventbrite, to order please visit www.festivalawards.com/tickets/