Proud to be supported by:

eventbrite                         xl video     Peppermint 200px

IN PHOTOS: The 2014 UK Festival Awards & Conference

There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Rob da Bank was presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award by his hero Michael Eavis

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Rob da Bank was presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award by his hero Michael Eavis

Date: 1st December, 2014
Venue: The Roundhouse, London
Host: Huey Morgan
Click here to see the Winners list

The 11th edition of the UK Festival Awards has been hailed as the most triumphant, upbeat and emotional one yet. More than 720,000 of the UK’s most passionate festival-goers rallied to cast their votes this year – a phenomenal 25% increase on last year’s figure.

Re-live the thrills and spills in photos here…

Photos by Sara Bowrey and Pete Corkhill

The Awards in Photos:

Click here to see the Winners list

The Conference in Photos:


And the winners are…

Rob da Bank presented with the Outstanding Contribution Award by his hero Michael Eavis

After the most triumphant and emotional UK Festival Awards event yet, at The Roundhouse in London last night, we can now reveal the winners.

More than 720,000 of the UK’s most passionate festival-goers rallied to cast their votes this year – a phenomenal 25% increase on last year’s figure.

The following shortlists were decided by the online public vote:

Best Major Festival In association with: PlugGo
Glastonbury Festival

Best Medium-Sized Festival In association with: Eventbrite

Best Small Festival
The Zoo Project Festival

Best New Festival In association with: ID&C
The Secret Festival

Best Family Festival In association with: Matthew Clark
Camp Bestival

Best Metropolitan Festival
Live at Leeds

Best Dance Event In association with: XL Video

The Grass Roots Festival Award

Best Overseas Festival In association with: Yourope
Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Best Toilets
V Festival

Headline Performance of the Year In association with: SnoozeBox (curated by Gigwise)
The Libertines at British Summer Time, Hyde Park

Best Breakthrough Artist In association with: (curated by Drowned In Sound)
Wolf Alice

Anthem of the Summer In association with: Clash Magazine
Calvin Harris ‘Summer’

The following more specialist awards are decided by panels of industry experts:

Line-Up Of The Year
Festival Number 6

Best Use of New Technology In association with: White Light
The Parklife Weekender – For their revolutionary portable substance-analysis system supplied by The Loop and working with Greater Manchester Police

Agency of the Year In association with: IQ Magazine

Concession of the Year
Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods

The Greener Festival Award In association with: Bucks New University

The Brand Activation Award In association with: The European Sponsorship Association

The Extra-Festival Activity Award In association with: Airbeem
Beat Herder

Promoter of the Year In association with: Peppermint Bars
Rich Bryan (Bearded Theory)

The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award In association with: Intelligent Venue Solutions
Rob da Bank

The Awards in Photos:

Photos by Sara Bowrey and Peter Corkhill

The Conference in Photos:

Photos by Sara Bowrey and Peter Corkhill

FREE UKFA app and showguide now available!

The UK Festival Awards mobile apps and event programme are now available to download, packed with details on all of the Awards, Nominees and Conference panels, as well as the 2014 UK Festival Market Report!

1. Get the App

If you’re at the event, it gives you everything you need in one place, including timings and information about the Conference, Awards, Nominees plus latest news and a live content feed.

If you’re not in the room, the app will connect you to the event, keeping you up to date and allowing you to interact with the conference discussions, award winners, backstage gossip and general shenanigans as the action unfolds!


Apps provided by Snack Media

Apps provided by Snack Media

app store


2. Get the E-Programme – containing the 2014 UK Festival Market Report!

Screenshot 2014-11-28 17.18.48This year’s UK Festival Awards and Conference Event Programme is available to view electronically – here.

Access it now for information about the event, Conference Sessions, Awards, Shortlists and much more,

Don’t miss the 2014 UK Festival Market Report – the most comprehensive, accurate and insightful analysis on consumer and behavioural trends in the music festival market.


Rob da Bank to receive this year’s ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals’ Award

Rob da Bank

Rob da Bank

On Monday 1st December the 11th annual UK Festival Awards will see one of the industry’s most recognisable faces, Rob da Bank, receive the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals’ award, at The Roundhouse in London.

As the driving force behind Bestival and Camp Bestival, Rob da Bank is a name synonymous with some of the finest festival experiences in recent years, making it fitting that the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals award will bear his name at the UK Festival Awards in a few days time.

The gong is dedicated to an individual whose personal vision and energy has propelled the entire festival marketplace forward in a dynamic, creative and positive way, words that ring especially true with Rob da Bank.

In many ways, da Banks efforts raised the bar when it came to boutiquefestivals with the creation of Bestival in 2004. Sine then the event has risen through the ranks, via its hugely eclectic line-ups and kaleidoscopic atmosphere, to become the largest independent major festival in the UK. Its family-focused sister festival Camp Bestival has continually set the standard for family festivals, garnering recognition and many awards in its own right.

Many of the festival industrys leading names have stepped forward to pay tribute to the man:

Melvin Benn, Festival Republic: “Very good news and very well deserved. Bestival is a great festival and Rob’s contribution to festival life in the UK is correctly being rewarded. Many congratulations”.

Harvey Goldsmith CBE: “Congratulations to Rob on winning the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award. He has set the benchmark high for Festivals in the UK and around the world combining his passion for music with a unique blend of activities. Best wishes to him.”

Scott Barton & James Barton (Cream): “We’ve known Robbie since his early journo days at Muzik Magazine and since then he’s achieved so much. His relentless belief in music and the scene was evident even back then.  He’s a man of many talents and his creative edge is something that stands him above all others, something evident to everyone who’s ever been to Bestival. Remaining true to his beliefs he is a true musical ambassador and one of the nicest guys you could meet.  Congratulations Robbie on winning this well deserved award for Outstanding Contribution, we’re excited to see what else you’ve got in store for us”

Jim King, AEG Live/Loudsound: “There have been many worthy winners of this award over the years, but none in my mind are as deserving as Robby. His contribution through Bestival, Camp Bestival and setting up the Association of Independent Festivals have left a significant and positive mark across our entire industry. Congratulations on your award Robby. You deserve it so much and everyone at Loudsound offers our thanks for allowing us on the journey with you.”

Ralph Broadbent, Count Of Ten Group: “Rob has spearheaded the rise of one of the most successful festivals in the UK. It’s a phenomenal achievement in such a crowded marketplace but more than that, it’s raised the bar for festivals all around  the country. The Outstanding Contribution Award is very well deserved indeed.”

Freddie Fellowes, Secret Garden Party: “Robby deserves this just on the strength and size of his shiny disco balls.”

Andy Rea, 2000Trees: “Rob not only curates amazing festivals, he fights the good fight for independent events and the live music industry, with the AIF going from strength to strength. Thoroughly well deserved.”

Sacha Lord-Marchionne, The Warehouse Project & Parklife: “I’m delighted that this year’s Outstanding contribution to Festivals goes to Rob da Bank. Ok, he does that thing on that island down South but we all know that isn’t the real reason he has won this award. Lets face it, Rob, very much like myself, has great hair.”

Simon Taffe, End Of The Road: “Rob Da Bank has been at the forefront of the Independent Festival scene for over 10 years now and he has always stuck to his own thing. I can’t think of anyone else who deserves this award more at this point! For Bestival and Camp Bestival to be where they are today in this competitive market is quite remarkable.”

Adam Gregory, Bloodstock: “For many years Rob has been someone who the rest of us mere mortals have taken much inspiration from. Well done Rob on your achievement, truly fitting and well deserved”

Reece Miller, We Are FSTVL: “Rob has been a huge part of this industry and what he has achieved with his team will leave a legacy that will be long remembered. Bestival is a major player in the European Festival market and this award is richly deserved. On behalf of the entire team at We Are FSTVL, a huge Congratulations to a household legend!”

John Empson, Eden Sessions: “Congratulations to Rob, a true innovator and gentleman for this much deserved award.”

Shane Murray, Ibiza Rocks Group: “It’s all about the love. Robbie simply does everything he possibly can to push out and share his deep, passionate love for music. With him it’s clearly personal and that means it’s genuine, and hundreds of thousands of people have responded to that – raving, smiling, congregating. Never been sure about the jumpers though! Thank you Robbie. Truly deserved. Shane.”

Rob Star, Eastern Electrics: “I went to the first ever Bestival and have only ever missed a couple since, it was a big inspiration for me in realising that I could start a festival from scratch. The site is obviously amazing, but it also never fails to deliver with the line-up and more importantly, those magical touches that make festivals great. Rob is definitely one of the good ones in this game. Maximum respect!”

James Ralls, Victorious Festival: “As newcomers to the scene we have always looked at other festival organisers in admiration and in particular to Bestival. Hats off to Rob and Josie for organising what is probably the best festival in the country.”

Paul Knowles, International Music Community (IMC): “Rob Da Bank has stamped an identity on chillout left field music over the course of his illustrious career. His dedication to emerging talent in this diverse genre has led him to business ventures aplenty with Bestival and Camp Bestival being the cornerstones in his live music portfolio. Numerous accolades have been bestowed upon both Rob and the festivals he has co-founded and the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award’ is another fine achievement for a man that has done so much within this important facet of the live music sector.”

Luke Betts, Mutiny In The Park: “In the last two years Bestival has become our real influence in how we approach running events, from our Astoria club nights to our own start up festival Mutiny in the Park. Rob’s a real visionary and that comes through in his end product. The infamous crew bar “the boneyard” is honestly produced to a better standard than some festivals’ VIP areas. The love that is put into his product transpires to every corner of his festival and also from the team around him who are a joy to work with.”

Mike Deane, Founder and Director of Liverpool Music Week recounts a specific act of compassion that defined Rob for him as not only an exceptional festival organiser but also an outstanding human being in the music industry

Mike Deane

Mike Deane

“Aside from the incredible line-ups each year across his award-winning Bestival events, which I’m sure everyone else will touch upon, for me Robby was at the centre of the most amazing gestures I’ve seen in the music industry.

“In the wake of the tragic coach crash for Bestival-goers from Liverpool, the full Bestival family offered truly genuine love and support for the families of the victims. Robby and his team delivered an incredible memorial and fundraising night at Nation in Liverpool, which was packed to the rafters and was real celebration of those who had died.

“He also was especially there for to the family of the youngest victim, Michael Molloy, helping to achieve his dream of his music entering the UK charts, by releasing the last single that Michael co-wrote with my devastated brother-in-law, Alex Evans, on Robby’s record label, Sunday Best.

“I know that the families and friends were incredibly touched and indeed overwhelmed by how geniune Robby and the Bestival Family were in their support of everyone involved. But this act of kindness for me is what Robby is all about.

“If there is one person in UK music who fully deserves all of their success, it’s Robby. He is a genuine guy who cares so much about what he does and what goes on in the industry. Congratulations on your award Robby – truly deserved!”

Tickets to the UK Festival Awards in the evening are sold-out but a limited number remain for the UK Festival Conference during the day, available here.

Final Conference Panel & Brand Activation Shortlist announced

Jon Drape at the UK Festival Conference

Jon Drape at the UK Festival Conference

With just over two weeks left until the UK Festival Awards & Conference, the finalised panels have today been confirmed with the new addition of ‘Pills, Thrills, and Keeping the Punters Safe’. The panel will focus on methods of preventing increasingly sophisticated criminal elements from undermining the security and safety of your festival and its attendees, whether the threat takes the form of illegal and ‘legal’ drug distribution, campsite thievery, or fraudulent tickets & wristbands.

Details of the panel’s speakers are as follows:

Moderator: Jon Drape (Managing Director, Ground Control)

Panel members:

  • Cameron Addicott (Investigation, Intelligence & Security Consultant)
  • Professor Fiona Measham (Durham University / The Loop)
  • Showsec (Venue & Event Security Specialists)
  • Rebecca Colvin (UK Festival & Event Task Force)

The full UK Festival Conference fixtures can be viewed here.

Alongside this announcement come the nominations for the UK Festival Awards’ Brand Activation category:


And in other news, the shortlists for the European Festival Awards have now been announced, which can be viewed here.

A limited number of tickets are still available for both the UK and European Festival Awards, so be sure to purchase yours now to avoid missing out, here.

The final shortlists announced!

Outlook-FestivalEdit: The final winners are highlighted in bold.

The votes have been counted and we can now reveal the finalists in this year’s UK Festival Awards, as decided by the British festival-going public.

This year – the 11th edition – saw a new record set for votes with over 700,000 cast by fans for their favourite festivals and artists, a remarkable 25% increase on last year’s figures.

The winners will be announced on-stage at the UK Festival Awards gala ceremony which returns to The Roundhouse in London on Monday 1st December, preceded by The UK Festival Conference during the daytime at the same event.

Steve Jenner, Founder & Director comments: “The response to this year’s awards, not only from fans, but also from more festivals applying to take part than ever before, has been exceptional this year – a positive sign that industry confidence, backed by public passion is surging in 2014. It sets the tone for an extra special celebration at The Roundhouse in a few weeks’ time.

A limited number of tickets to the event are still available at

The following shortlists were decided by the online public vote:

 Best Major Festival - In association with: PlugGo

  • Bestival
  • British Summer Time Hyde Park
  • Creamfields
  • Download Festival
  • Glastonbury
  • GlobalGathering
  • Isle of Wight Festival
  • Reading & Leeds
  • Sonisphere Festival
  • T in the Park
  • V Festival
  • Wireless Festival

Last year’s winner: Download

Best Medium-Sized Festival - In association with: Eventbrite

  • Beautiful Days
  • Bloodstock Open Air
  • Boardmasters
  • Camp Bestival
  • Green Man
  • Kendal Calling
  • Latitude
  • Secret Garden Party
  • We Are FSTVL
  • Y Not Festival

Last year’s winner: Kendal Calling

Best Small Festival - In association with: Heineken

  • 2000trees
  • Barn on the Farm
  • Bearded Theory
  • Beat Herder
  • Brownstock Festival
  • Cambridge Folk Festival
  • Festival No.6
  • Jimmy’s Sausage & Beer Festival
  • Leopallooza
  • Zoo Project Festival, The

Last year’s winner: Bearded Theory

Best New Festival - In association with: ID&C

  • Mutiny in the Park
  • No Tomorrow
  • OnBlackheath
  • Red Rooster
  • Rewind North
  • Secret Festival, The
  • Somersault Festival
  • Summer Sizzler
  • Together Festival
  • UKG Fest

Last year’s winner: We Are FSTVL

Best Family Festival

  • British Summer Time Hyde Park
  • Beautiful Days
  • Camp Bestival
  • Eden Festival
  • Green Man
  • Jamie Oliver & Alex James present The Big Feastival
  • Kendal Calling
  • Latitude
  • Leopallooza
  • Victorious Festival

Last year’s winner: Camp Bestival

Best Metropolitan Festival

  • Blackpool Music Festival
  • Dot to Dot
  • Fusion Festival
  • Great Escape, The
  • Live at Leeds
  • Liverpool Sound City
  • MADE Birmingham
  • Slam Dunk Festival
  • Tramlines
  • Whitby Goth Weekend

Last year’s winner: Dot To Dot

Best Dance Event - In association with: XL Video

  • Beat Herder
  • Bestival
  • Creamfields
  • GlobalGathering
  • Lovebox
  • Mutiny in the park
  • South West Four
  • The Parklife Weekender
  • Tramlines
  • We Are FSTVL

Last year’s winner: Creamfields

The Grass Roots Festival Award

  • 2000trees
  • Barn on the Farm
  • Beautiful Days
  • Bloodstock Open Air
  • Eden Festival
  • Green Man
  • In The Woods Festival
  • Jimmy’s Sausage & Beer Festival
  • Leopallooza
  • Y Not Festival

Last year’s winner: 2000Trees

Best Overseas Festival - In association with: Yourope

  • Benicassim (Spain)
  • Coachella (USA)
  • Ibiza Rocks (Spain)
  • Outlook (Croatia)
  • NOS Alive – formerly Optimus Alive (Portugal)
  • Pinkpop (The Netherlands)
  • Rock am Ring/ Rock Im Park (Germany)
  • Sonar (Spain)
  • Snowbombing (Austria)
  • Splendour In The Grass (Australia)
  • Tomorrowland (Belgium)
  • Wacken Open Air (Germany)

Last year’s winner: Snowbombing (Austria)

Best Toilets

  • Creamfields
  • Download Festival
  • End Of The Road
  • Kendal Calling
  • Larmer Tree Festival
  • Latitude
  • Reading & Leeds
  • Truck Festival
  • V Festival
  • We Are FSTVL

Last year’s winner: ArcTanGent

Headline Performance of the Year - In association with: SnoozeBox (curated by Gigwise)

  • Arcade Fire at Glastonbury
  • Arctic Monkeys at Reading & Leeds
  • Biffy Clyro at T In The Park
  • Foals at Bestival
  • Kasabian at Glastonbury
  • The Killers at V Festival
  • The Libertines at British Summer Time
  • Linkin Park at Download
  • The Prodigy at Sonisphere
  • Metallica at Glastonbury
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Isle Of Wight
  • Suede at Kendal Calling

Last year’s winner: Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury

Best Breakthrough Artis

In association with: (curated by Drowned In Sound)

  • The 1975
  • Augustines
  • Blood Red Shoes
  • Catfish & The Bottlemen
  • Goat
  • Jagwar Ma
  • Royal Blood
  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  • The War on Drugs
  • Wolf Alice

Last year’s winner: Rudimental

Anthem of the Summer - In association with: Clash Magazine

  • The 1975 – ‘Chocolate’
  • Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine’
  • Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’
  • Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’
  • Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
  • Metallica – ‘Whiskey In The Jar’
  • OutKast – ‘Ms Jackson’
  • Pharell Williams – ‘Happy’
  • Royal Blood – ‘Come On Over’
  • Sam Smith – ‘Stay With Me’

Last year’s winner: Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’

The following more specialist awards are decided by panels of industry experts:

Line-Up Of The Year - In association with: Bulmers

  • Beacons Festival
  • Bestival
  • Creamfields
  • End Of The Road
  • Festival Number 6
  • Green Man
  • Latitude
  • Liverpool Music Week
  • Liverpool Sound City
  • Love Supreme Jazz Festival
  • Lovebox
  • OnBlackheath
  • Wireless

Last year’s winner: Latitude

Best Use of New Technology - In association with: White Light

Bestival – For their fan ambassador scheme using an online platform provided by The Physical Network

Creamfields – For its epic live Youtube stream covering every stage of the festival

Eden Sessions – For their live global broadcast on Youtube delivered in association with Asus

Liverpool Sound City – For their iOS-integrated itinerary scheduling system

Lovebox – For their mobile audience engagement platform delivered in association with HTC using technology provided by Airbeem

The Parklife Weekender – For their revolutionary substance-analysis system supplied by The Loop and working with Greater Manchester Police

Salford Music Festival – For its smart, integrated ‘Event1’ event management system provided by 1SecureWeb

V Festival – For their ‘FanPic’ social engagement application, delivered in cooperation with Ticketmaster

Wireless Festival – For their smart visitor tracking system provided by Crowd Connected working with Eventbase

Y01 Festival – For its new queue-busting electronic access control system delivered by We Scan Tickets

Last year’s winner: Intelligent Venue Solutions on behalf of Barclaycard at Barclaycard British Summer Time (Hyde Park)

Agency of the Year - In association with: IQ Magazine

  • 13 Artists
  • CAA
  • CODA
  • Echo Location Talent Agency
  • ITB
  • K2
  • Primary
  • The Agency Group
  • WME
  • X-Ray

Last year’s winner: CODA

Concession of the Year

  • Ghandis Flip Flop
  • Gizzi Erskine’s Chefs Club
  • Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods
  • Happy Maki Sushi
  • Hot Rocks Pizza
  • La Grande Bouffe
  • Lulu’s Café
  • Mocha Mania
  • Paelleria
  • Smoke Stack

Last year’s winner: Strumpets With Crumpets

The Greener Festival Award - In association with: Bucks New University

  • BBC Hyde Park Proms
  • Cambridge Folk Festival
  • End of the Road
  • Glasgow 2014
  • Glastonbury Festival
  • Greenbelt
  • Nozstock: The Hidden Valley
  • Shambala
  • T in the Park
  • Wood Festival

Last year’s winner: Shambala Festival

The Extra-Festival Activity Award

  • 3 Wishes Faery Fest
  • Beat Herder
  • Deerstock
  • Festival No.6
  • Secret Garden Party
  • Somersault
  • The Secret Festival
  • Victorious
  • Wilderness
  • Y Not/Truck/Brownstock

Last year’s winner: Wilderness

The Brand Activation Award – In association with: The European Sponsorship Association

  • Aperol Spritz
  • Desperados
  • Dr. Martens
  • Laurent Perrier
  • Malibu
  • Mulberry
  • Relentless Energy Drink
  • Tuborg
  • Virgin Media
  • Virgin Trains

Last Year’s Winner: Virgin Media

Promoter of the Year - In association with: Peppermint Bars

  • AMust4Music (Bloodstock)
  • Count Of Ten Group (Y Not, Truck, Brownstock, Hevy, Tramlines)
  • DF Concerts (T In The Park)
  • John Giddings and Solo (Isle Of Wight Festival)
  • Red Jelly Productions (Xstatic Summer Festival)
  • The Bearded Theory Team
  • Rob Star (Eastern Electrics)
  • Scott Barton (Creamfields)
  • The Zoo Project Festival Team
  • Vision Nine (Boardmasters, NASS)

Last year’s winner: Paddy Glasgow (Glasgowbury)

The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award - In association with: Intelligent Venue Solutions

Rob da Bank

Last year’s winner: Fiona Stewart (Green Man)

Live Blog

Join the conversation with hashtag #UKFA! Follow our live blogs right here, from the Shortlists to the big night, and catch all the best social media content from nominated festivals and artists…

Get Ready for the UK Festival Conference 2014!

Anyone with an interest in the festival business and where it’s headed needs to be part of the 2014 UK Festival Conference, bringing together the leaders in the fields of festival management and production, disruptive technology and market knowledge. The exciting future of the festival industry starts at The Roundhouse, London, on Monday 1 December.


Incisive panel sessions will include:

Powerful Thinking presents…
Some of the UK’s leading festivals consider the industry’s response to climate change and what the next twenty years might look like.

  • Melvin Benn (Festival Republic)
  • Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle)
  • Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival)
  • Katie Maddison (Bestival)
  • Penny Mellor (A Greener Festival)
  • Rob Scully (Glastonbury).

The festival industry has developed into a world-class marketplace, but is still brought down too frequently by inexperienced operators collapsing. Is it time to flush them out?

  • Jim King (AEG Live)
  • Zac Fox (Kilimanjaro Live)
  • Teresa Moore (Buck University)
  • Mark Hamilton (SRS International)
  • Dan Walsh (Full Fat)

How to maximise secondary revenue opportunities to increase your event’s profitability in an ultra-competitive market.

  • Brian Grew (Live Nation)
  • Paul Pike (IVS)
  • Koen Hofmans (PlugGo)
  • Chris McCormick (Blue Peg)

The festival industry is being rebooted by technologists, creating great opportunities for those willing to embrace these shifts.

  • John Probyn (Live Nation)
  • Donna Krawczyk (Barclaycard)
  • Lawrence Griffith (Digital Factory)
  • James Cobb (Crowd Connected)


  • The latest exclusive market research insights
  • Delegates Bag
  • Copy of the 2014 UK Festival Report


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 - The UK Festival Awards & Festival Conference 2014

Voting Is Live!

UKFA_VoteNow_300x250Vote now here! Festival fans can now officially have their say on this year’s festival season as voting in the UK Festival Awards is live, running until Monday 27th October.

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 for Best Major, Medium-sized, Small, New, Family, Grass Roots and Dance Festival up for grabs.

Artists are in the running too with all three of Glastonbury’s headline acts – Arcade Fire, Kasabian and Metallica – once again through to the nominations in the Headline Performance of the Year category. They’ll be vying for the title with other behemoths like The Libertines at British Summer Time, Kanye West at Wireless and Arctic Monkeys at Reading & Leeds, as well as a fresh crop of rising stars like London Grammar at Festival Number 6, Metronomy at Field Day and St. Vincent at End Of The Road.

The winners in the eleventh edition of the UK Festival Awards will be announced and presented at a glitzy award ceremony at London’s legendary Roundhouse on Monday 1st December 2014, the evening of the UK Festival Conference which gathers the leading lights of the industry in the same venue.

This year will see fiercer competition than usual amongst the titans in the Best Major Festival category (for events with more than 40,000 daily attendees), with the return of Sonisphere to Knebworth Park after a three year break plus British Summer Time bedding-in at Hyde Park and reforming The Libertines and letting Black Sabbath out of the cage. Calling Festival jumped across the river and set up camp in Clapham Common, whilst urban festival giant Wireless also relocated to Finsbury Park and spawned a twin in Birmingham.

UK Festival Awards Director, Steve Jenner commented: “With more festivals applying to take part in these Awards than ever before and a very healthy crop of entries for Best New Festival, we are definitely sensing a level of increased confidence in the market this year, in relation to previous editions. It will make for an exciting Awards and we can’t wait to see what the outlook is like from the public’s perspective.”

As an incentive, everyone that votes can enter a prize draw to win a ‘Dream Summer’ – two VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award.

Fans that want to go a step further in helping to improve the festival landscape can also take part in the largest market research survey ever undertaken in the festival market – the 2014 Festival Awards Census – for a chance to win an iPad mini.



As well as the public voted categories, the UK Festival Awards features a number of more specialist prizes, which are decided by juries of industry experts. These include Promoter Of The Year, Best Use Of New Technology, The Extra Festival Award and The Brand Activation Award. The shortlists in these are announced with the public-voted ones on Monday 4th November.

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:

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:


Dot To Dot

Camp Bestival

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

BEST TOILETS in association with XL Video:

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


The following awards were decided by industry juries: 

AGENCY OF THE YEAR in association withIQ Magazine:

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

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


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

Fiona Stewart, Green Man Festival

Media Partners:

Service Partners: