The UK Festival Awards has been recognising and rewarding the efforts of the nation’s festival industry since 2004.

The Award winners are determined through a combination of online fan votes and music industry experts.

With the exception of the Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award – whose annual recipient is determined by Festival Awards staff members – each category is decided upon by one of two approaches.

The first involves a combination of votes from the public and our main, ‘general’ panel of approximately 20 industry judges. These categories are all entered by default upon completion of our main entry form. When voting opens, organisers are encouraged to rally their fans to vote for them, and the results of this vote determine the shortlists. We then present these shortlists to our panel, who help identity a winner. The winner of the public vote is incorporated into the final judging process, and is given the same weighting as a single judge’s vote.

The Festival Awards attempts to make this main judging panel as eclectic and distinguished as possible in order to ensure the Awards remains as fair and prestigious as possible.

For 2017, the panel includes individuals from the following organisations: Skiddle, Continental Drifts, Audience / Live UK, Big Green Coach, BIMM, Ground Control, Off-Axis, Enteetainment, 10,000 Hours, NCASS, Bucks New University, Pollstar, Playpass, Everfest, and more.

The second approach is for more specialist categories, where we assemble panels of relevant experts to determine a winner.

The following Awards are decided upon via a combination of public vote and our main judging panel:

  • Best Major Festival
  • Best Medium-Sized Festival
  • Best Small Festival
  • Best Non-Music Festival
  • Best Metropolitan Festival
  • Best New Festival
  • Best Family Festival
  • Best Overseas Festival
  • Line-Up of the Year

The following Awards are decided upon via panels of relevant specialists:

  • Agency of the Year
  • Most Innovative Festival
  • Best Festival Production
  • Concession of the Year
  • The Brand Activation Award
  • Promoter of the Year
  • Best Use of New Technology
  • Best Festival for Emerging Talent
  • Best Hospitality


A full breakdown of the Awards is available here.