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Festival Awards presented, Fiona Stewart gets outstanding contribution prize

By | Published on Tuesday 3 December 2013

UK Festival Awards

I know what you’re thinking, who won big at the UK Festival Awards in London last night? Well, no one festival really dominated, but I’m going with Strumpets With Crumpets getting Concession Of The Year as the highlight of the night. Oh, and we probably ought mention Green Man festival chief and former Big Chill manager Fiona Stewart being presented with a very well deserved Outstanding Contribution prize.

In fact we’ve just flow in UK Festival Awards boss James Drury to deliver this quote about Stewart’s award: “Fiona’s dedication to not only her own events, but the industry as a whole, is inspirational. She is generous with her expertise – and that spirit of willingness to share knowledge is something we can all learn from. I have always admired Fiona’s extremely high standards and determination when many lesser people would give up – it’s the attitude which has made the Green Man festival and all events she is involved with so successful. It is with great delight that the Festival Awards recognises Fiona’s extraordinary feats and generosity to the festival industry”.

Stewart herself told CMU: “I was surprised and thrilled to hear that I was going to be given the Outstanding Contribution To Festivals award and I am very grateful to UKFA for this honour. I became involved in festivals when they were counter cultural events sometimes even illegal. They are now a major driver of British culture and international image. I am very proud of the UK festival industry and my future hope is that this hard won heritage is protected and their future diversity is guaranteed from threats of homogenisation”.

And well said Fiona. Now a list…

Public Voted Awards
Best Major Festival: Download
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Kendal Calling
Best Small Festival: Bearded Theory
Best New Festival: We Are FSTVL
Best Dance Event: Creamfields
Best Metropolitan Festival: Dot To Dot
Best Family Festival: Camp Bestival
Best Grassroots Event: 2000trees Festival
Best Overseas Festival: Snowbombing (Austria)
Best Toilets: Arctangent
Headline Performance Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys – Glastonbury
Anthem Of The Summer: Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Breakthrough Act Of The Year: Rudimental

Jury Voted Awards
Best Line-Up: Latitude
Concession Of The Year: Strumpets With Crumpets
The Greener Festival Award: Shambala Festival
Best Brand Activation: Virgin Media
The Extra-Festival Activity Award: Wilderness
Promoter Of The Year: Paddy Glasgow (Glasgowbury)
Best Use Of New Technology: Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time
The Outstanding Achievement Award: Fiona Stewart, Green Man Festival