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We salute you. Every last one of you.

Since we last met in December 2019, we’ve seen the very best people making the very best of everything, despite all that Covid 19 threw at us. Somehow, we came through the storm, followed by a whirlwind season in 2021. We’re now looking forwards to 2022, anticipating a season like no other, followed by a UK Festival Awards to celebrate Festivals. Together. Again.

The Show Must Go On Report 2019 launched at the UK Festival Awards

The sustainability initiative, Festival Vision: 2025, launched the second edition of its pioneering Show Must Go On Report at the UK Festival Awards on December 5th.

The document outlines the environmental impact of the festival industry and acts as a definitive guide for live events wishing to limit their carbon footprint. Following a highly successful crowdfunding campaign earlier this year, the 2019 iteration of the Report brings its contents up-to-date with current information and best practice.

See below for the launch video.

The report states that: “As festival organisers we know how to create unforgettable experiences and how to inspire people. We know how to get things done in challenging circumstances and we are accomplished at communicating with audiences.

"It is well within our reach to turn our industry into an exemplar of environmental responsibility. We can make a vital and significant contribution to a future that we want our children to inherit.

"Festival organisers working with their many and diverse partners, from concessions to the supply chain, contractors, charities and brands, can provide leadership for what is perhaps the most important conversation of our time.”

Festival Vision: 2025


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.


The UK Festival Awards is excited to welcome DJ duo Scratch Perverts to the Troxy for its 16th edition on December 5th.

The history and pedigree of Tony Vegas and Prime Cuts is well known. A history that revolves around Soho record shops such as Soul Jazz, Mr Bongo and Deal Real in the mid-nineties. A love of hip hop but a deep love of music in general helped lay the foundations of a crew formed under the moniker we all know today. The Scratch Perverts came together with one ideal: to be the best and take on the best DJs put in front of them. And that they did. ITF titles, solo DMC titles plus two World Team DMC titles as the Scratch Perverts in 1999 and in 2000 as the Perverted Allies followed.

Their skills have taken them around the world and back, securing support slots with the likes of the Beastie Boys and The Sex Pistols and seen them collaborate with the computer game DJ Hero. Let’s face it, you don’t get asked personally by John Peel to play his 60th birthday unless you’re pretty damn good.


Fiona Measham wins the 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award

The UK Festival Awards has announced that it will present this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award to Professor Fiona Measham.

Throughout her 30-year academic career, Fiona’s work has been shaped by her passion for music and dance culture. Never one to be trapped in the ivory towers of academia, her academic work has always been action-oriented, reflecting her lifelong commitment to equality and social justice causes. Amongst her achievements, she has served on the Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, David Nutt’s Drugs Science Committee, as well as the Lib Dems’ expert panel on cannabis regulation, and also acted as the key expert witness in the fight to keep Fabric nightclub open.

Her research interest into how the interface of dance music culture and criminal justice impacted on the health and wellbeing of young people ultimately led to her establishing the harm reduction service, The Loop. This was the first organisation to offer drug safety testing services in the UK – at the Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling festivals in 2016, then spreading to many more over the next four summers. Evidence gathered by The Loop has demonstrated reduced drug-related harm after the service has been implemented, and substantial quantities of adulterated or mis-sold drugs have been identified and destroyed.

2019 gallery