ABOUT THE AWARDS
• Best Major Festival
• Best Medium-Sized Festival
• Best Small Festival
• Best Metropolitan Festival
• Best New Festival
• Best Overseas Festival
• The Grassroots Festival Award
To determine the shortlist for these awards, fans vote online for their favourite festival. These shortlists then go to our panel, who will collectively determine the winner. The public vote results are incorporated into the final judging process and have the same weighting as a single judge’s vote.
The Greener Festival Award is judged based upon detailed site assessments and analysis from A Greener Festival.
Awards decided by a festival industry panel:
• Agency of the Year
• The Innovation Award
• Best Festival Production
• Best Family Festival
• Concession of the Year
• The Brand Activation Award
• Promoter of the Year
• Best Festival for Emerging Talent
• The Sarah Nulty Women In Festivals Award
• Line-Up of the Year
• Best Non-Music Festival
• Marketing Campaign of the Year
For all awards, scoring is conducted online without any reference to other scorers and based solely on the submission of the entrant. This ensures that the scores are unbiased and judges are not swayed by the opinions of other panel members. Judges are also asked to absent themselves from any discussions where they have a vested interest.
Shortlists will be announced via email and our website and social media on November 1st 2019. Panel judges then collectively determine the winner, which will be announced at the UK Festival Awards on the evening of December 5th 2019.
2019 Show guide
Penny Mellor – Freelance
Chiara Badiali – Julie's Bicycle
Suzi Ireland – BIMM
Mark Laurie – NCASS
Marcus Barnes – mixmag
Jeff Thompson – Off Axis, Un-Convention
Paul Reed – Association of Independent Festivals
Paul has an extensive background in the live music industry, having started as an independent promoter alongside working at the likes of Evolution Festival and Secret Garden Party. Paul then worked for three years at music development agency Generator in a wide-ranging role that included managing their live programmes and editing industry newsletter ‘The Gen’. Paul was also previously Head of Operations at classical music centre The Conservatoire and Operations Manager at festival event management company The Event Umbrella.