Festival Awards shortlists revealed

By | Published on Wednesday 7 November 2012

UK Festival Awards

The shortlists were announced earlier this week for this year’s UK Festival Awards, based on the votes of more than half a million festival-goers. Commenting on this year’s voting, Steve Jenner, co-founder of the awards, told CMU: “The phenomenal surge of public votes cast in this year’s awards proves that the public’s passion for Britain’s music festivals has never been greater. The shortlists they have produced are a very positive reflection of the scale, diversity, colour and creativity that makes the UK’s festival landscape so unique and special”.

The overall winners will be revealed at a show at London’s Roundhouse on 3 Dec, after the latest UK Festival Conference, which will include sessions on retaining audience, accessibility, eco-matters, new revenue streams and generating value on tight budgets, and details of which are at

And here are all the nominations:

Best Major Festival: BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, Bestival, Creamfields, Download, GlobalGathering, Hard Rock Calling, Isle Of Wight Festival, Reading & Leeds, T in the Park, V Festival.

Best Medium-Sized Festival: Beautiful Days, Bingley Music Live, Bloodstock Open Air Festival, Camp Bestival, Green Man, Kendal Calling, Latitude, RockNess, The Secret Garden Party, Wakestock.

Best Small Festival: 2000trees, Beat Herder, Cambridge Rock Festival, Festival No.6, Glasgowbury, Lakefest, Strawberry Fields Festival, Wilderness, Y Not Festival, Zoo Project.

Best New Festival: BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, Beacons Music & Arts Festival, Eastern Electrics Festival, Festival No.6, Gathering, Lakefest, No Direction Home Festival, Over the Moon Festival, Retro Trax, Xstatic Summer Festival, Best Dance Event.

BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend: Beat Herder, Bestival, Creamfields, Glade Festival, GlobalGathering, Lovebox, Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival, Shakedown Festival, Zoo Project.

Best Metropolitan Festival: Camden Crawl, Dot To Dot Festival, Freeze Festival, Gathering, Live At Leeds, Liverpool Sound City, London Summer Jam, Orkney Folk Festival, Slam Dunk Festival, Tramlines.

Best Line-Up: Beach Break Live, Bestival, Download, Festival No.6, LeeFest, Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, Truck, Wakestock, Wireless, Y Not.

Best Family Festival: 2000trees, Bearded Theory, Beautiful Days, Beverley Folk Festival, Blissfields, Cambridge Folk Festival, Camp Bestival, Lakefest, Latitude, Wilderness Festival.

The Grass Roots Festival Award: 2000trees, Beautiful Days, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Bloodstock Open Air Festival, End of the Road Festival, Green Man, Greenbelt, Hop Farm Music Festival, Lakefest, Y Not Festival.

Best Toilets: BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, Beautiful Days, Bestival, Bloodstock Open Air Festival, Download, Latitude, Lodestar, Reading & Leeds, T in the Park, V Festival.

Best Overseas Festival: Benicassim (Spain), Ibiza Rocks (Spain), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Burning Man (USA), Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland), Optimus Alive (Portugal), Outlook & Dimensions (Croatia), Snowbombing (Austria), Sziget Festival (Hungary), Audioriver (Poland).

Agency Of The Year: 13 Artists, CAA, Coda, Free Trade Agency, ITB, K2, Primary Talent, The Agency Group, William Morris, X-Ray.

Headline Performance Of The Year: New Order at Festival No 6, Stevie Wonder at Bestival, Mogwai at Green Man, Dizzee Rascal at Kendal Calling, Ed Sheeran at Wakestock, Slayer at I’ll Be Your Mirror/ATP, Jay-Z at Radio 1_s Hackney Weekend, Metallica at Download, The Stone Roses at T in the Park, The Cure at Reading & Leeds.

Best Breakthrough Act: Emeli Sande, Lana Del Rey, Alt-J, Jake Bugg, Alabama Shakes, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Django Django, Azealia Banks, Dry The River, Frank Ocean.

Anthem Of The Summer: Florence & The Machine – Shake It Up, The Black Keys – Lonely Boy, Rihanna – We Found Love, Azealia Banks – 212, The Vaccines – Teenage Icon, Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?, Two Door Cinema Club – Sleep Alone, Alabama Shakes – Hold On, Nicki Minaj – Starships, Django Django – Default.