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:
BEST SMALL FESTIVAL in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions:
BEST NEW FESTIVAL in association with Robertson Taylor:
We Are FSTVL
BEST DANCE EVENT:
BEST METROPOLITAN FESTIVAL:
Dot To Dot
BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL:
BEST GRASSROOTS EVENT in association with ID&C:
BEST TOILETS in association with XL Video:
BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL:
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:
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):
CONCESSION OF THE YEAR:
Strumpets with Crumpets
THE GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD in association with AGreenerFestival:
BEST BRAND ACTIVATION in association with the European Sponsorship Association:
THE EXTRA-FESTIVAL ACTIVITY AWARD:
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