AC/DC, Mumford & Sons, Florence & The Machine, Paolo Nutini and Biffy Clyro were all at the UK Festival Awards. The seventh annual award bash, which celebrates the achievements of the UK’s worldleading festival industry, took place at indigO2, part of The O2 complex in
London. Rob Da Bank’s Bestival brand continued its meteoric rise picking up the ‘Best Major Festival’ gong for Bestival and ‘Best Family Festival’ for Camp Bestival.
AC/DC’s performance at Donington’s Download Festival was the comfortable winner of the ‘Headline Performance of the Year’ award at the 2010 UK Festival Awards. Having brought their own stage set-up with them and not played at a UK festival since the early Eighties, it was always going to be difficult to beat the rock gods. Elsewhere in the artists categories, Mumford & Sons picked up the ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ award, Paolo Nutini was awarded the ‘Feel Good Act of the Summer’, Biffy Clyro’s Glastonbury performance earned them the ‘Virtual Festivals’ Critics Choice’ by the Virtual Festivals.com editorial team while Florence & The Machine were honoured with ‘Anthem of
the Summer’ award for ‘You’ve Got The Love’.
In the publicly-voted festival categories, Rob Da Bank’s two festivals both picked up awards with Bestival and Camp
Bestival picking up the ‘Best Major Festival’ and ‘Best Family Festival’ awards respectively.
T In The Park got the now legendary honour of being voted the ‘Best Toilets’ while fellow Scots Rockness was voted the ‘Line-Up of the Year’ by a panel of journalists including Ben Walsh (Live Reviews Editor, The Independent), Andy Malt (Editor, CMU), Greg Parmley (Deputy Editor, IQ), Mike Gartside (Associate Editor, Audience/Live UK), Simon Harper (Editor, Clash Magazine) and Dan Fahey (Editor, Virtual Festivals.com).
Wayne Hemmingway’s Vintage at Goodwood picked up the ‘Best New Festival’ award while Kendal Calling and Green Man festival picked up ‘Best Small’ and ‘Best Medium’ festival awards respectively. Last but by no means least, Outgoing’s Snowbombing festival picked up the ‘Overseas Festival’ award for its unique mix of music and snow in Mayrhofen, Austria.
The full list of winners from the seventh annual UK Festival Awards is as follows.
• Best Toilets – T In The Park
• Best Metropolitan Festival – Gaymers Camden Crawl
• Best Family Festival in association with Showsec – Camp Bestival
• Best Breakthrough Artist in association with Rizla – Mumford & Sons
• Best Dance Event in association with Peppermint Bars – Creamfields
• Feel Good Act of the Summer in association with Be-at TV – Paolo Nutini
• Best New Festival in association with Access All Areas – Vintage At Goodwood
• Headline Performance of the Year in association with Jagermeister – AC/DC at Download Festival
• Virtual Festivals’ Critics Choice* – Biffy Clyro at Glastonbury
• Overseas Festival – Snowbombing
• Anthem of the Summer in association with HMV – Florence & The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
• Line-Up of the Year* in association with XL Video – Rockness
• Promoter of the Year in association with IQ* – Glastonbury
• Best Small Festival in association with Doodson Entertainment – Kendal Calling
• Best Medium Festival in association with Smirnoff Flavours – Green Man
• Best Major Festival in association with Tuborg – Bestival
• Lifetime Achievement in association with Music Week – Geoff Ellis, DF Concerts
* Chosen by a jury of journalists and industry experts
In addition to this, a further four award categories were presented during the day at the UK Festival Conference.
• Outstanding Contribution to Festival Production in association with TPi – Neil McDonald
• Best Sponsor Activation in association with Brand Republic – Coca Cola
• The Grass Roots Festival Award in association with Robertson Taylor – 2000 Trees
• A Greener Festival Award in association with agreenerfestival.com – Croissant Neuf Summer Party
James Drury, Managing Director of Festival Awards Ltd said: “This year’s Awards were the most hotly-contested
we’ve had, with over half a million votes, demonstrating just how important festivals are to the UK public. Despite the
continued challenges of the economy it’s been an incredible year for festivals and the Awards is all about celebrating
that. The winners should be rightly proud of their achievements, as should the rest of the industry.”