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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.

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Incisive panel sessions will include:

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

GET THE PROFESSIONALS IN – TIME TO BID FAREWELL TO THE AMATEUR PROMOTER?
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?

THE FAT BOTTOM LINE: IT MAKES OUR ROCKING WORLD GO ROUND
How to maximise secondary revenue opportunities to increase your event’s profitability in an ultra-competitive market.

DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AND THE DATA-DRIVEN FUTURE OF FESTIVALS
The festival industry is being rebooted by technologists, creating great opportunities for those willing to embrace these shifts.

Some top industry panelists will include:

  • Melvin Benn (Festival Republic)
  • John Probyn (Live Nation)
  • Jim King (AEG Live, Loud Sound)
  • Sarah Woodhead (VIP Nation)
  • Chris Johnson (Shambala Festival, Powerful Thinking)
  • Teresa Moore (Bucks New University)
  • Zac Fox (Kilimanjaro Live)
  • Chris McCormick (Blue Peg)
  • Paul Pike (IVS)
  • Rob Scully (Glastonbury)
  • Lawrence Griffith (Digital Factory)
  • Alison Tickell (Julie’s Bicycle)
  • Katie Madison (Bestival)
  • Dan Walsh (Full Fat)
  • Koen Hofmans (PlugGo)
  • Phil Hutcheon (Dice)
  • Penny Mellor (A Greener Festival)

Plus…

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

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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.

VOTE NOW!

 

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:
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!

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