Festival Awards dates and voting announced

By | Published on Wednesday 3 October 2012

UK Festival Awards

Dates have been announced for both the UK and European editions of the Festival Awards, and voting will open for both this week.

The UK Festival Awards will take place this year on 3 Dec at London’s Roundhouse, hosted by that Phill Jupitus chap. As usual, the awards will be preceded by the Festival Conference, also taking place in the Roundhouse, which brings together players from across the festival sector for debate and chatter. Voting for those categories decided by the public is already open, and will remain so until the end of the month. To vote or buy tickets go to

Commenting on this year’s awards, and alluding to the tricky year the festival sector has just had, Festival Awards co-founder Steve Jenner told CMU: “The overwhelming interest we have received from festivals of all shapes and sizes wanting to be involved in the Awards and Conference this year is an encouraging sign that the market is rallying; what was just a few years ago a fragmented industry is now very much a community. It all makes for exciting progress and a brilliant party, both of which are very important when the going gets tough and it’s rained a lot”.

The European Festival Awards will once again take place during the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and festival in the Dutch city of Groningen, this time on 9 Jan. Public voting for the European prizes opens on Friday via

On the European gong presenting fest, Jenner added: “It’s an honour and a privilege to once again be hosting these celebrations for the great European festival producers; many of which have had a tough time this year in their commitment to entertaining the many millions of festival-goers around the continent. We look forward to giving these people a party worthy of the super-heroes they undoubtedly are”.

Meanwhile Eurosonic Creative Director Peter Smidt added: “With the European Border Breakers Awards and the European Festival Awards in a row, it is a perfect opening evening for Eurosonic Noorderslag”.