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The 16th annual UK Festival Awards will take place on December 5th 2019 at the Troxy in London.

Bookended with a drinks reception and in-house afterparty, the ceremony will once again acknowledge the achievements of organisers and suppliers in the fields of production, innovation, emerging talent, marketing, catering and more.

Don't miss out on your chance to book tickets to the UK Festival Awards 2019. This is an unmissable opportunity to celebrate successes, reward your team, and network with 600 of your peers at the biggest and best industry bash of the year.

Applications for the UK Festival Awards 2019 have now closed, and public voting is now open. Be sure to secure your tickets before they sell out!


Doc Brown confirmed to return to host the UK Festival Awards

Beginning life as underground rapper Doc Brown, Ben Bailey Smith has diversified profoundly, moving into mainstream TV and Film acting, stand up, screen writing and children’s books. He has a host of notable television performances under his belt including a starring role in ITV’s Law & Order, C4’s The Inbetweeners and Derek, BBC thriller Hunted, BBC comedies Rev, Miranda, Fleabag, Russell Howard’s Good News, Live at the Apollo and ITV’s Midsomer Murders, and is highly regarded for his ongoing work with Ricky Gervais.

Late in 2016 Smith hosted the BAFTAs in Los Angeles, entertaining the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Lawrence and more.

In 2017 Smith recorded an hour-long stand up special for the BBC which aired in March and toured the world opening for long-time collaborator Gervais. He also found a new dedicated audience as a regular understudy for Simon Mayo on the lauded BBC 5Live Film Show Wittertainment.

howling rhythm djs

The UK Festival Awards welcome back the fantastic Howling Rhythm as our afterparty entertainment for the third year running. Howling Rhythm are well known as Manchester's best 60s Soul, Motown, Rhythm & Blues and Funk club night, held monthly at the iconic Ruby Lounge. They have performed alongside artists such as Clint Boon and Gareth Brooks and played at festivals like Kendal Calling and Cotton Clouds.


Sarah Nulty honoured with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

The UK Festival Awards is proud that this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award has been presented posthumously to Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nulty.

Her work across Sheffield spanned nearly two decades and led to massive benefits for the city. She leaves behind a strong legacy in Tramlines the festival industry and the inspiration and encouragement she’s given to young women who aim to follow in her footsteps.

The UK Festival Awards is pleased to announce the launch of a new Award category in 2019 – the Women in Festivals award will celebrate the accomplishments of women across all facets of the live events industry during the past year. Applicants can either nominate themselves or a colleague, and the process will be open to those working directly for festivals, suppliers or any other festival-adjacent organisation, in whatever capacity.

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