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What are the Festival Awards?
The Festival Awards is an opportunity to recognise the hard work, vision and creativity of the festival industry, through fan voting and expert judging panels. Since launching in 2004 it has evolved into a major event at The Roundhouse in London, giving the industry a chance to let its collective hair down and fondly reflect upon the achievements of the past year.
With a gourmet dinner, gala awards ceremony and after-show party, it attracts over 1,000 of the most influential people in the business.
Over half a million votes were cast last year, making it the benchmark by which festivalgoers rate their experiences, and a coveted prize for organisers.
Along with its sister events, the UK Festival Conference and the European Festival Awards, the UK Festival Awards is owned and produced by Festival Awards Ltd, an independent company founded in the UK.
Awards include Best Major, Medium-Sized and Small Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Overseas Festival, Best Headline Performance, and of course – Best Toilets!
New Awards for 2015 include Best Festival for Emerging Talent, Best Non-Music Festival and Best Hospitality.
A few testimonials:
“The level of conference subjects and speakers was very good, dinner was excellent, the awards were well run and the party atmosphere was fantastic, a real success”
JOHN PROBYN – COO, LIVE NATION
“We were thrilled to win the UK Festival Award for ‘Best Live Act’. It was great to win an award that says you’re good at festivals and it’s always great getting that respect from the people that matter.“
MATT BELLAMY, MUSE
“Live music is all about the fans. For the fans to recognise and vote for our festivals in the UK Festival Awards is the highest accolade we can get.”
STUART GALBRAITH, CEO, KILIMANJARO LIVE
“It really was an outstanding night…. reflective of a really exciting time for the UK festival industry.”
ROB DA BANK, BESTIVAL
“A fantastic day out, it was great to meet up with people who otherwise we would never get the chance to see.”
ANDY SMITH – FOUNDER, KENDAL CALLING
“It’s a wonderful accolade to win.”
MICHAEL EAVIS, GLASTONBURY