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Melvin Benn confirmed for lifetime prize at European Festival Awards

By | Published on Friday 12 December 2014

Melvin Benn

Live music veteran Melvin Benn, MD of Reading/Leeds/Latitude/Berlin Festival/Electric Picnic promoter Festival Republic no less, has a Lifetime Achievement Award coming his way at January’s European Festival Awards. Good for him.

Considering the prize, Benn – only the second Briton (behind his one-time Glastonbury colleague Michael Eavis) to receive it – says: “I’m very flattered and honoured to receive this prestigious award and join an incredible line-up of previous winners. I work with the best in the business and couldn’t do what I do without a really strong team around me; my thanks go to all those individuals past and present who’ve helped to make our events what they are. I’m hugely passionate about our industry and every day continues to excite me as we push the boundaries of the festival experience and create lifelong memories for music fans and audiences”.

Meanwhile Festival Awards director Steve Jenner gets in early with his big-ups, saying: “Melvin Benn’s signature has, for a long time, been engraved deeper than any other’s into the shape and character of the UK’s major festival market. This takes the form of a unique and unequalled blend of operational pre-eminence and heartfelt passion for his events and audiences, one which continues to set new standards in production, safety and sustainability that extend tangibly well beyond his own events. It’s a great testament to Melvin that his commitment and contributions are now being recognised at a Continental level, and it is an honour for us to be the ones presenting this award”.