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And The Winners Are…

Download boss John Probyn and friends collecting the award for Best Major Festival

Download boss John Probyn and friends collecting the award for Best Major Festival

A packed-out Roundhouse in London was the setting for another spectacular celebration of the music festival industry and culture tonight, marking the 10th Anniversary of the UK Festival Awards. Anticipation for the night’s winners’ announcements has grown  throughout the day as, in the same venue, an impressive selection of the industry’s leading lights debated the challenges and opportunities facing today’s market, in the UK Festival Conference.

For the first time ever, rock behemoth Download Festival seized the gong for Best Major Festival, beating the likes of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and V Festival. Sheffield’s finest, Arctic Monkeys were voted this year’s Best Headline Performance for their mind-blowing headline set at Glastonbury. Seeing off competition from heavyweights, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Foals, the quartet is finishing the year on a high.

The title of Best New Festival was snapped up by electronic upstarts We are FSTVL, established at Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome in Essex this year. Feeling the love from the voting public, Rudimental beat fellow Mercury Music Prize nominees, Disclosure, in the Breakthrough Act of The Year category. Elsewhere, French legends Daft Punk lucked-out in taking the title of Anthem of The Summer for their catchy hit “Get Lucky” featuring Chic’s Nile Rogers who accepted the award via video message.

After heated deliberation from renowned UK music journalists, the winner of Best Line-up this year went – for the first time – to Latitude, a festival which continues to gather the finest acts in music and the arts to date. As previously announced, the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement award was bestowed this year upon a champion of the independent festival sector - Fiona Stewart of Green Man Festival, for her phenomenal contributions to the festival industry.

James Drury, Managing Director of UK Festival Awards commented:  “In this, our 10th year, we had the most fiercely-fought competition for the awards yet. There were so many incredible events taking place this year that it’s not surprising that 575,000 votes were cast by fans from across the world. 

“Congratulations to all those who made it into the finals – it’s no mean feat to make it into the top 10, considering over 340 festivals entered this year.”

The full list of winners:

The following categories were decided by public vote

BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL in association with SoChill Circle:
Download

BEST MEDIUM-SIZED FESTIVAL in association with Eventbrite:
Kendal Calling

BEST SMALL FESTIVAL in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions:
Bearded Theory

BEST NEW FESTIVAL in association with Robertson Taylor:
We Are FSTVL

BEST DANCE EVENT:
Creamfields

BEST METROPOLITAN FESTIVAL:
Dot To Dot

BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL:
Camp Bestival

BEST GRASSROOTS EVENT in association with ID&C:
2000trees Festival

BEST TOILETS in association with XL Video:
ArcTanGent

BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL: 
Snowbombing (Austria)

HEADLINE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR in association with Relentless Energy Drink:
Arctic Monkeys – Glastonbury

ANTHEM OF THE SUMMER in association with Jagermeister:
Get Lucky – Daft Punk

BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR:
Rudimental

The following awards were decided by industry juries: 

AGENCY OF THE YEAR in association withIQ Magazine:
CODA

BEST LINE-UP in association with J20 Lates (decided by a panel of renowned UK music journalists):
Latitude

CONCESSION OF THE YEAR:
Strumpets with Crumpets

THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD in association with AGreenerFestival:
Shambala Festival

BEST BRAND ACTIVATION in association with the European Sponsorship Association:
Virgin Media

THE EXTRA-FESTIVAL ACTIVITY AWARD:
Wilderness

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR in association in association with Peppermint Bars:
Paddy Glasgow (Glasgowbury)

BEST USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY in association with Stuff magazine:
Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time (in Hyde Park) – Intelligent Venue Solutions on behalf of Barclaycard

THE OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO FESTIVALS AWARD in association with Festival HQ:
Fiona Stewart, Green Man Festival

UKFA 2013 Live Twitter Blog

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The UK Festival Awards Finalists Revealed!

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The UK Festival Awards – returning to The Roundhouse on 2 December

A diversity of the UK’s best festivals from heavyweights to newbies have smashed through to the final shortlists in this year’s UK Festival Awards. Voted by festival lovers and industry experts, the winners will be announced at the 10 Year Anniversary of the UK Festival Awards at London’s Roundhouse on Monday 2nd December.

James Drury, UK Festival Awards MD comments: We’ve seen one of the most vibrant seasons in 2013, line-ups have featured a huge number of must-see and incredible new acts. Alongside that talent legends like Rolling Stones and mega-stars like Eminem returned to the stage. Again we’ve beaten the record of votes cast with 575,000 received this year and we can’t wait to reveal the favourites of the festival-going public

AND THE FINAL SHORTLISTS ARE…

BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL in association with SoChill Circle

  • Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
  • Bestival
  • Creamfields
  • Download
  • Glastonbury
  • GlobalGathering
  • Parklife Weekender
  • Reading & Leeds
  • T in the Park
  • V Festival

BEST MEDIUM-SIZED FESTIVAL in association with Eventbrite

  • Bloodstock Open Air
  • Boardmasters
  • Camp Bestival
  • End of the Road Festival
  • Green Man
  • Kendal Calling
  • Latitude
  • Secret Garden Party
  • We Are FSTVL
  • Y Not Festival

BEST SMALL FESTIVAL in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions

  • 2000trees Festival
  • ArcTanGent
  • Bearded Theory
  • Beat Herder
  • Blissfields
  • Brownstock Festival
  • Festival No6
  • Glasgowbury
  • Strawberry Fields Festival
  • The Zoo Project Festival

BEST NEW FESTIVAL in association with Robertson Taylor

  • ArcTanGent
  • Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
  • Chilfest
  • Folkstock
  • FOUND
  • LIVE in Barnsley
  • Lost at Sea
  • Love Supreme Jazz Festival
  • The Fusion Festival
  • We Are FSTVL

BEST DANCE EVENT

  • Beat Herder
  • Bestival
  • Creamfields
  • GlobalGathering
  • Gottwood
  • Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival
  • RockNess
  • South West Four
  • The Zoo Project Festival
  • We Are FSTVL

BEST METROPOLITAN FESTIVAL

  • Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
  • Dot To Dot
  • Live at Leeds
  • Liverpool Sound City
  • Love Saves The Day
  • Slam Dunk Festival
  • South West Four
  • The Great Escape
  • Tramlines
  • Vans Warped Tour Uk (2012)

BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL

  • Beautiful Days
  • Beverley Folk Festival
  • Cambridge Folk Festival
  • Camp Bestival
  • Chilfest
  • Green Man
  • Lakefest
  • Larmer Tree Festival
  • Latitude
  • Truck Festival

THE GRASSROOTS FESTIVAL AWARD in association with ID&C

  • 2000trees Festival
  • Bearded Theory
  • Beautiful Days
  • Blissfields
  • Green Man
  • In The Woods
  • Kendal Calling
  • Larmer Tree Festival
  • The Zoo Project Festival
  • Y Not Festival

BEST TOILETS in association with XL Video

  • 2000trees Festival
  • ArcTanGent
  • Bearded Theory
  • Blissfields
  • Creamfields
  • Download
  • GlobalGathering
  • Kendal Calling
  • We are FSTVL
  • Y Not Festival

BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL

  • Benicàssim (Spain)
  • Berlin Festival (Germany)
  • Dimensions (Croatia)
  • Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland)
  • EXIT Festival (Serbia)
  • Outlook Festival (Croatia)
  • Rock Am Ring/ Rock Im Park (Germany)
  • Snowbombing (Austria)
  • The Garden Festival (Croatia)
  • Tomorrowland (Belgium)

HEADLINE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR in association with Relentless Energy Drink

  • Arctic Monkeys – Glastonbury
  • Biffy Clyro – Reading & Leeds
  • Elton John – Bestival
  • Eminem – Reading & Leeds
  • Foals – Latitude
  • Rammstein – Download
  • Sigur Ros – End of the Road
  • The Prodigy – Creamfields
  • The Rolling Stones – Barclaycard Presents British Summertime
  • The Rolling Stones – Glastonbury

ANTHEM OF THE SUMMER in association with Jagermeister

  • Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
  • Feel the Love -Rudimental
  • Freak Out – Chic ft Nile Rodgers
  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  • Ho Hey- The Lumineers
  • Inhaler – Foals
  • Ni**as in Paris – Jay-Z
  • Pompeii – Bastille
  • Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
  • White Noise – Disclosure

BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR

  • Bastille
  • Disclosure
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • HAIM
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • London Grammar
  • Rudimental
  • The 1975
  • The Strypes

The following Awards are decided by panels made up of people who are experts in the relevant sector.

The winners will be announced when the UK Festival Awards returns to The Roundhouse in London on Monday 2nd December.

The final jury-decided shortlists are:

Agency of the Year (decided by a panel assembled by IQ Magazine)

  • CAA
  • CODA
  • Free Trade Agency
  • ITB
  • Primary Talent Agency
  • Solo
  • The Agency Group
  • William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (UK)

BEST LINE-UP in association with J20 Late (decided by a panel of renowned UK music journalists)

  • Bestival
  • Download
  • Festival No6
  • Glastonbury
  • In the Woods
  • Latitude
  • Leefest
  • Liverpool Sound City
  • Reading/Leeds
  • The Great Escape

CONCESSION OF THE YEAR

  • Meat Liquor
  • Surplus Supper Club
  • Strumpets with Crumpets
  • Pizza Tabun
  • Yum Buns
  • Camp Cooks
  • Anna Mae’s Mac n Cheese
  • The Soup Library

THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD in association with AGreenerFestival

  • Cambridge Folk Festival
  • Croissant Neuf Summer Party
  • End of the Road
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Greenbelt Festival
  • Hebridean Celtic Festival
  • Larmer Tree Festival
  • Shambala Festival
  • Sunrise Festival – Another World
  • Wood Festival

THE BRAND ACTIVATION AWARD in association with the European Sponsorship Association

  • Barclaycard at Snowbombing
  • Diesel at Festival No.6
  • EE at Glastonbury
  • Davidoff Cool Water at Boardmasters
  • Jagermeister at various
  • Lucozade at various
  • Relentless at Leeds Festival
  • Replay at Bestival
  • The Kraken at Festival no.6
  • Virgin Media at V Festival

THE EXTRA-FESTIVAL ACTIVITY AWARD

  • Wilderness
  • Creamfields
  • Angel Gardens
  • Shrewsbury Fields Forever
  • Bestival
  • Kendal Calling
  • Latitude Festival
  • Festival No.6

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR in association in association with Peppermint Bars

  • AEG Live
  • Count of Ten (Y Not, Truck, Brownstock, Tramlines)
  • Creamfields
  • Isle of Wight Festival team
  • Spring Music (Bearded Theory)
  • Rob Da Bank
  • Zoo Project Festival team
  • Paddy Glasgow (Glasgowbury)

BEST USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY in association with Stuff magazine

  • Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time (in Hyde Park) – Intelligent Venue Solutions on behalf of Barclaycard
  • The Eden Sessions Youtube livestream with Widescreen
  • Y Not Festival / Truck Festival / Brownstock Festival – Globe Orange line-up planner app
  • Standon Calling – RFID cashless system provided by Glownet
  • Goodwood Festival of Speed – Etherlive footfall analytics
  • Download Festival – XOMO app

THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD in association with Festival HQ

  • To be announced at the UK Festival Awards on 2nd December

This year’s UK Festival Awards had in excess of 575,000 votes, an incredible increase of 75,000 on last year. There have been over 6,000 tweets about the Festival Awards, hundreds of Facebook posts which reached a potential aggregated 9,549,801 people, and the total overall online exposure has been 14,274,006 people, (figures from social media analysis company Topsy.com).

Tickets for the UK Festival Conference & Awards start at just £40 and are available through the UK Festival Conference & Awards’ official ticketing partner Eventbrite, to order please visit festivalawards.com/tickets/.

Marek Lieberberg confirmed as keynote speaker at the UK Festival Conference

Marek Lieberberg at Rock Am Ring

Marek Lieberberg at Rock Am Ring

The UK Festival Conference, which takes place during the day of Monday 2nd December before the UK Festival Awards that evening, are excited to be welcoming Germany’s much-celebrated music promoter and festival organiser, Marek Lieberberg, who will deliver the event’s keynote address, in partnership with IQ Magazine, at London’s Roundhouse.

As Founder and Director of Germany’s mighty Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals (winners of the Best Line-Up Award in last year’s European Festival Awards), Lieberberg, who is superseded by very few in qualifications and experience, will discuss his vision for the development and future of the modern festival. Lieberberg’s address will also look back into his extensive career that has been responsible for orchestrating performances and tours from global rock icons including Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Depeche Mode through to Britney Spears, Jay Z and One Direction.

Lieberberg’s career spans four decades and a cannon of artists that reads as a who’s who of popular music within that time. His flagship festivals Rock am Ring and Rock im Park welcome nearly 150,000 festival-goers annually and headliners have included Green Day, Metallica, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, U2 and many more.

Ahead of his address Lieberberg comments: “I’m both astonished and flattered to be the keynote speaker. If I don’t forget to remember to forget I will try to share moments of bliss, delusion, vanity and furore with you.”

Full 2013 UK Festival Conference panels:

Globalisation invasion – are British festivals at risk from overseas events?

With increasing numbers of British festival-goers eschewing the unpredictability of the weather in favour of events abroad, how badly is the UK festival scene under threat from festival tourism? Conversely, the growing trend for Brits to look abroad for their festival fix, what opportunities are there for UK promoters to expand out of a crowded market into new territories?

Are artist fees killing festivals?

In association with Music Week

The price of festival tickets has been increasing way ahead of inflation. A big part of this is down to festivals paying more and more for artists. But is this leading to a situation where tickets are becoming prohibitively expensive, or margins so tight that there’s no room for anything less than a total sell-out show?  This panel will debate how much artist fees have increased, and look at the problem from all perspectives – the promoter, the artist, the booking agent and the fans.

Neighbours – everybody needs good neighbours

In association with Access All Areas

We’re all well versed in the positive impact of festivals; the cultural and financial benefits are well documented. However, there are people that can only see the negative side; noise, litter, anti social behaviour, traffic – they all impact on those living near to sites. The careful management of these issues is crucial. Our panelists are here to share their tips on getting on with the neighbours.

The Tech Blast

There’s so much new technology out there that it can be hard to get a handle on what’s worth investing in for your festival, and what’s not. This Pecha Kucha-style panel (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) will be your guide to what’s out there and if it is worth investing in.

Cashing out – a revolution in payment methods

This season has seen a significant increase in cashless payment methods. From hi-tech to the low-tech and across festivals large and small, it has made a significant impact in many ways. Using real-life case studies, this panel will drill down into what this season’s cashless technology activity was, what effect the systems had on spending, and the pros and cons of such systems. It will examine what worked, what was less effective, how it can be improved, and if it makes ‘cash’ a dirty word.

Keynote interview with Marek Lieberberg

in association with IQ magazine

One of Germany’s foremost promoters will be discussing his career, how his festivals have developed and grown, where the market is headed, plus some entertaining tales from his long and successful career.

Following the Conference the evening will play host to the tenth year of the annual UK Festival Awards. The best events and artists from this year’s season will be honoured with gongs voted for by the festival-going public or judged by panels of industry experts. Voting is open now at festivalawards.com/vote and closes on the 31st October 2013.

Tickets for the UK Festival Conference & Awards start at just £40 and are available through the UK Festival Conference & Awards’ official ticketing partner Eventbrite, to order please visit festivalawards.com/tickets/.

Voting is now live!

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Public voting in this year’s UK Festival Awards is now live and runs until Friday 1st November.

Click here to vote now!

You can officially have your say on this year’s festival season as voting in the UK Festival Awards is now live at festivalawards.com/vote. UK festivals, from the smallest to the largest, will be hoping to be crowned the best of what this summer had to offer with gongs including Best New, Family and Dance festivals up for grabs. Artists are in the running too with all three Glastonbury headline acts – The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons all eager to scoop the  Headline Performance of the Year gong. Winners in the tenth anniversary UK Festival Awards will be decided by those who know best, the festival-loving public, at a glitzy award ceremony at London’s legendary Roundhouse on Monday 2nd December 2013.

The return of the festival ‘mothership’ that is Glastonbury meant another massive year for the festival industry. The sun shone down on a number of new artists from the guitar-wielding Haim to beat-masters Disclosure and with acts including The 1975 and Kendrick Lamar also making waves this summer competition in the ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ category is fierce this year. While the new kids on the block battle it out the seasoned pros such as Chic featuring Nile Rodgers will compete against themselves for the title of ‘Anthem of the Summer’ as both ‘Freak Out’ and ‘Get Lucky’, his record-breaking collaboration with Daft Punk, are nominated alongside sing-a-long favourite ‘Hey Ho’ by The Lumineers.

UK Festival Awards Managing Director, James Drury commented: “It seems hard to believe that it was 10 years ago that the Festival Awards first launched. Festivals have changed incredibly in that decade and it’s been a privilege to have developed with such a fascinating, challenging and exceptionally creative industry. This year we’re looking at events and acts of massively different ages all competing at a top level, likewise we continue to see a huge mix of musical styles bring real diversity to the season. We’re very much looking forward to celebrating the festival-going public’s favourites.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the UK Festival Awards, organisers are set to stage an exhibition of festival poster artwork from festivals spanning the past decade, and are proud to announce that critically acclaimed contemporary artist Pete Fowler has been confirmed as curator of the exhibition. A selection of works will be on display at the Roundhouse and auctioned to raise money for Attitude is Everything, a charity which improves access to live music events for deaf and disabled people. Having previously designed album artwork for Super Furry Animals, Pete is no stranger to festivals through his art installations, including designing the stage for Clash Magazine at the Big Chill in 2010, DJ sets and appearances in ‘cosmic yacht rock duo’ Seahawks. To submit artwork from the last 10 years visit this page before October 21.

Also making waves in festival fields this summer was an increasing use of technology, from contactless payments to integrated social media, a development that will be recognised in the UK Festival Awards’ new industry-judged category ‘Best Use of New Technology’. To apply for a nomination in this award, click here.

The time has come for audiences to make a pledge to their favourite events and performers by casting their votes. 2012 saw over half a million votes cast and this year’s UK Festival Awards seeks to cast that net even further to create a true and all encompassing measure of the festival-goer opinion. To vote simply visit festivalawards.com/vote before voting closes on 1st November.

The winners will be announced at the UK Festival Awards ceremony which returns to The Roundhouse in London on Monday 2nd December. Tickets from just £40  are available at festivalawards.com/tickets/.

New for 2013: Celebrating the best festival poster artwork and new technology!

Pete Fowler

Pete Fowler

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the UK Festival Awards, organisers are set to stage an exhibition of festival poster artwork from festivals spanning the past decade, and are proud to announce that critically acclaimed contemporary artist Pete Fowler has been confirmed as curator of the exhibition.

A selection of works will be on display at the Roundhouse and auctioned to raise money for Attitude is Everything, a charity which improves access to live music events for deaf and disabled people. Having previously designed album artwork for Super Furry Animals, Pete is no stranger to festivals through his art installations, including designing the stage for Clash Magazine at the Big Chill in 2010, DJ sets and appearances in ‘cosmic yacht rock duo’ Seahawks.

To submit artwork from the last 10 years visit this page before October 21.

Also making waves in festival fields this summer was an increasing use of technology, from contactless payments to integrated social media, a development that will be recognised in the UK Festival Awards’ new industry-judged category ‘Best Use of New Technology’. To apply for a nomination in this award, click here.

This year’s UK Festival Conference panels announced

_DSC2998We can now reveal the panel sessions that will take place at this year’s edition of the 2013 UK Festival Conference which returns to The Roundhouse on Monday 2nd December.

Globalisation invasion – are British festivals at risk from overseas events?

With increasing numbers of British festival-goers eschewing the unpredictability of the weather in favour of events abroad, how badly is the UK festival scene under threat from festival tourism?

Conversely, the growing trend for Brits to look abroad for their festival fix, what opportunities are there for UK promoters to expand out of a crowded market into new territories?

Are artist fees killing festivals? in association with Music Week

The price of festival tickets has been increasing way ahead of inflation. A big part of this down to festivals paying more and more for artists. But is this leading to a situation where tickets are becoming prohibitively expensive, or margins so tight that there’s no room for anything less than a total sell-out show?

This panel will debate how much artist fees have increased, and look at the problem from all perspectives – the promoter, the artist, the booking agent and the fans.

Neighbours – everybody needs good neighbours In association with TPi

We’re all well versed in the positive impact of festivals; the cultural and financial benefits are well documented. However, there are people that can only see the negative side; noise, litter, anti social behaviour, traffic – they all impact on those living near to sites. The careful management of these issues is crucial. Our panellists are here to share their tips on getting on with the neighbours.

The Tech Blast

There’s so much new technology out there that it’s hard to get a handle on what’s worth investing in for your event, and what’s not. This Pecha Kucha-style panel (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) will give festival organisers a chance to get a snappy overview of what’s out there and if it is worth investing in.

Cashing out – a revolution in payment methods

This season has seen a significant increase in cashless payment methods. From hi-tech to the low-tech and across festivals large and small, it has made a significant impact in many ways. Using real-life case studies, this panel will drill down into what this season’s cashless technology activity was, what effect the systems had on spending, and the pros and cons of such systems. It will examine what worked, what was less effective, how it can be improved, and if it makes ‘cash’ a dirty word.

Keynote interview in association with IQ magazine

A keynote interview with by one of the world’s foremost festival promoters.

Why attend the UK Festival Conference?

  • Hear the latest thinking on common problems and create shared solutions
  • Learn how to increase revenue, control costs and keep your business on a strong financial footing
  • Get the most up-to-date information on new developments in the industry
  • Network with key members of the festival industry
  • Do business with festival organisers, suppliers and sponsors

Don’t miss out!

Eventbrite - UK Festival Awards & Conference 2013

Tickets are now on-sale

The UK Festival Awards and Conference returns to The Roundhouse in London to celebrate the achievements of everyone involved in the music festival industry over the last 12 months.

Regarded as the premiere networking event for the music festival industry, the events attract over 1,000 people to enjoy a whole day of knowledge-sharing, network-building and fun.

Comprising an expanded conference, awards show including delicious three-course meal, complimentary drinks and much more, the UK Festival Awards and Conference promises the ultimate way to round off your season – and start the next one with success.

If you would like to order a whole table, purchase 10 Awards or Awards And Conference tickets.

* Mezzanine level tickets do not include a meal

Eventbrite and Festival Awards expand partnership

branding_eventbrite_1Building on the success of last year’s partnership, global self-service ticketing platform, Eventbrite, and Festival Awards Ltd have expanded their collaboration for the 2013 Festival Awards.

For the first time, Eventbrite will be the exclusive ticketing partner of not only the UK Festival Awards and Conference, but also the European Festival Awards.

“Eventbrite’s ethos of democratising the events sector through easy-to-access high-quality ticketing services is exactly in-line with our beliefs,” says Festival Awards General Manager James Drury. “Our UK Festival Conference is all about sharing of best practice and providing a forum to enable people to organise excellent quality events. Our Awards events recognise the success in those fields.

“We’re really happy to be working with Eventbrite again and to expand our relationship into Europe – it’s a great service that we’ve found incredibly useful for selling tickets to our own events.”

Marion Gamel, Head of Marketing, EMEA at Eventbrite comments: “Festivals have become incredibly popular in the UK and Europe. Eventbrite helps organisers with ticketing of all events, big and small, dedicated to sharing live experiences around music, food, literature, beer, and anything you can imagine. We’re delighted to be part of recognising the best of these festivals with the Festival Awards.”

The UK Festival Awards and Conference attracts over 1,000 people from across the festival industry to a day of networking, learning and celebrating achievements of the past year.

The European Festival Awards, in association with Yourope welcomes representatives from over 26 countries to toast the successes of over 350 festivals, at a gala event opening the Eurosonic Noorderslag event in the Netherlands.

In 2012 the Festival Awards attracted over a million votes, and saw almost 1,000 festivals from across the world take part.

Tickets to the UK Festival Awards are available to order now via Eventbrite at www.festivalawards.com/tickets

ABOUT EVENTBRITE:

Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event, and has processed over 115 million tickets and registrations worldwide. The global self-service ticketing platform also makes it easy for everyone to discover events, and to share the events they are attending with the people they know. In this way, Eventbrite brings communities together by encouraging people to connect through live experiences. Eventbrite’s investors include Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, DAG Ventures, and Tenaya Capital. Learn more at: www.eventbrite.co.uk

2012′s winners unravelled


Ever wondered what makes an award-winner? Here we look at every winner in this year’s awards and what made them excel, from the public voted to the jury-decided categories…

First, the public-voted ones…

Best Major Festival – Bestival

Says Clash News Editor Robin Murray: “No other festival managed to successfully cover as many genres, touch as many bases, please as many people as Bestival. Matching enormous headliners (who delivered impeccable performances) they were able to impact a sense of quirky personality onto a bill which stretched the barriers of eclecticism. Sigur Ros followed by Stevie Wonder… no other festival on the planet would try something like that!

Best Medium-Sized Festival sponsored by Eventbrite – Bloodstock Open Air Festival

Bringing bands to the UK that rarely play here, and giving unparalleled support to the unsigned scene, Bloodstock is the UK’s biggest and best Independent Metal festival. With a very strong team who continue to work tirelessly year in year out, coupled with the most loyal fans of any music genre, we have the recipe for what is a Very Metal weekend!

Best Small Festival sponsored by Jeremiah Weed – Y Not Festival

Y Not began life as a house party for 150 people that spilled over into a nearby field. Seven years on we welcomed 8,000 ticket holders through the gates, but has somehow managed to retain that early ethos of a gathering of people just having a good time, put together by the same people who set it up all those years ago.

Best New Festival sponsored by Access All Areas – Festival No.6

Festival No.6 is a festival like no other in a place like no other. Inspired by the fantasy world of Portmeirion, we set out to bring the village alive as the most magical festival site imaginable. No.6 is much more than a music festival, with an innovative arts and culture programme including spoken word, poetry, comedy, pop-up theatre, film screenings, aerial trapeze artists and a spectacular fire garden.

Best Dance Event sponsored by Peppermint Bars – GlobalGathering

GlobalGathering has become the UK’s most cutting edge and forward thinking electronic music festival, redefining the model of dance festivals by bringing together the freshest underground sounds and future headliners with some of the world’s most critically acclaimed artists. With Tinie Tempah, Chase & Status, Armin van Buuren, Skrillex and Friendly Fires headlining the 2012 event.

Best Metropolitan Festival – Camden Crawl

Camden Crawl is communally programmed by an incredibly diverse melting pot of the of the UK’s most prolific independent arts and music advocates. It brings all social groups and age ranges together to experiment with a wide array of cutting edge art and music genres within its affordable one ticket umbrella. There is a rock & roll euphoria that sweeps through the entirety of Camden Town centre as the whole community embraces and participates in the event day and night through the long bank holiday weekend.

Best Family Festival – Latitude

Celebrating its seventh year in 2012, Latitude has secured its reputation as one of the most highly respected and anticipated festivals of the summer. Using the natural landscape of the surrounding woodland and the lake to showcase its artists like no other festival, Latitude delivers the very best established and emerging talent from the worlds of music, comedy, theatre, cabaret, dance, poetry, literature, art and fashion.

The Grass Roots Festival Award – Green Man

Maybe its because of the incredible beauty of its Black Mountain location, the passion for music which draws musicians and music lovers back each year, or that its never strayed from its independent anti corporate stance which has made Green Man such a unique and magical experience.

Best Toilets sponsored by XL Video – Lodestar

Considering toilets are the most talked-about feature at festivals, it amazes us how few events go out of their way to provide excellent ones. Lodestar are a welcome exception and keep their attendees happy by cleaning their loos for 18 hours a day! That’s the kind of commitment that wins awards.

Best Overseas Festival – Benicassim (Spain)

Sun, sea, sand, Stone Roses… scorchio!

Headline Performance Of The Year – New Order at Festival No. 6

Rebecca Laurence of Virtual Festivals writes: “Iconic, tragic, bittersweet, anthemic, there’s no arguing that watching New Order performing their most famous, Joy Division song whilst images of Ian Curtis and ‘Joy Division Forever’ flash behind them is not only poignant and melancholic, but also full of hope. Fusing this sense of pasts lived and futures to behold, we can’t think of a more perfect band to finish off this new festival in its very unique, nostalgia-heavy setting.”

Best Breakthrough Act sponsored by Jagermeister – Jake Bugg

The Nottingham singer’s self-titled debut went straight to Number One in October, dethroning Mumford and Sons’ ‘Babel’ and beating Leona Lewis’ ‘Glassheart’ into third place. Infamously, Bugg later remarked: “It’s my job to keep that X Factor shit off the top of the charts.” For that reason alone he deserves this award.

Anthem Of The Summer – Django Django – Default

Tim Chester at NME writes: “Every so often a band such as this drops by as some kind of compensation for the fact that Clor no longer exist in a world where The Wombats do. Django Django offer an alternative oasis in an arid no-man’s-land of identikit indie. If this is their default setting, lord knows how it sounds when they’re going out on a limb.”

These categories were decided by industry juries...

Promoter Of The Year sponsored by Robertson Taylor – Gareth Cooper (Festival No. 6, Beach Break, Lollibop)

Decided by the Festival Awards Board. From founding of Snowbombing to having the vision to spot that a teddy bear’s picnic in Stoke Newington could sell 30000 tickets in Regents Park, Gareth Cooper has earned a unique reputation in this industry for conceiving new ways to create live festival entertainment – with great success. He is shareholder in Parklife, Lounge on the Farm and Beach Break Live but his most recent creation Festival Number 6 has cleared the pathway for how good new festivals can be in a worrying market.

The Extra-Festival Activity Award – Live From Jodrell Bank

Decided by the Festival Awards Board. Jodrell Bank is an internationally renowned center for astrophysics. The festival’s organisers used this fact to engage customers in science related content with the help of 80 scientists, a mars rover prototype, particle research and a live video link from the stage to an observatory in Chile! It all climaxed with a 76meter projection onto the Lovell Telescope during headliner Elbow’s set, featuring custom visuals made in collaboration between the band and the scientists. It all made for a truly unique festival moment.

Best Line-Up – Download

Decided by a panel of renowned UK music journalists. Hosting more than 100 acts over three epic days at the spiritual home of rock, Doningon Park, Download is the UK’s largest and loudest hard rock and metal festival. In a tough year, Download just went from strength to strength, selling out its biggest capacity to date and packing what has been hailed as one of the greatest rock line-ups of all time, crowned by thrash titans Metallica, metal legends Black Sabbath and electro-punk gods The Prodigy.

Concession Of The Year – Paelleria

Decided by festival organisers. Raves Bestival’s Rob da Bank: “The real deal for any festival – boasting genuine Spanish ingredients from the stock base through the finest Spanish chorizo to their juicy olives, it is some of the best festival food we’ve ever tasted and it’s all knocked up in a field! Combine that with always-smiling, dressed up staff who know their stuff and a kooky stall complete with Spanish postcards and we can’t think of a more deserving winner!”

Best Brand Activation sponsored by CGA – Southern Comfort Juke Joint

Decided by the European Sponsorship Association. Chris McCormick, Festival Awards co-founder: “In a product category with a long history of festival sponsorship and activations, the Juke Joint is a relatively fresh idea. The production values and theatre are the interesting elements with the brand not being forced. The follow on results of 82% of people who would try the drink again showed a genuine impact and this ultimately leads to more value for the promoter.”

Lifetime Achievement Award – John Probyn

Decided by the Festival Awards Board. Steve Jenner, Festival Awards co-founder: “John’s contributions to event production have raised the bar in safety, comfort and enjoyment for millions of live music fans across the festival spectrum, worldwide, extending far beyond his own events. For this reason alone this award is overdue. However, I feel passionately that credit also very much due for John’s commitment to engaging directly with his audiences through digital channels as well as regular fan-forum meet-up events. This has been key to the stand-out success of events like Download Festival and has driven forward the evolution of the wider marketplace in no small strides”.

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