UK Festival Awards finalists revealed

Festivals from heavyweights to newbies have been included in the nominee shortlists. Voted by festival lovers and industry experts, the winners will be announced at the 10 Year Anniversary of the UK Festival Awards at London’s Roundhouse on Monday 2nd December.

2013 saw British acts dominating the summer charts, with Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys’ crowd-pleasing single “Do I Wanna Know?”, Oxford indie quintet Foals with the stomper “Inhaler” and Hackney foursome Rudimental with infectious anthem “Feel the Love” featuring John Newman. All three artists lost out on the 2013 Mercury Music Prize, but the field is wide open for the title of Anthem of The Summer at the UK Festival Awards.

The Headline Performance of the Year category couldn’t be more diverse this year, the ethereal sounds of Sigur Rós at End of The Road Festival going up against hard-hitting German metal of Rammstein at Download Festival. The Rolling Stones returned to Hyde Park after 44 years for Barclaycard presents British Summertime, but 2013 also saw their Glastonbury debut and both sets are in the running for Headline gong. Elsewhere it’s Kilmarnock vs. Detroit with Biffy Clyro and Eminem also both nominated for their bill-topping Reading & Leeds performances.

HAIM brought back girl power to the festival masses this year with their UK number one album “Days are Gone” and are up for the Breakthrough Act award this year. Also keeping it in the family, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, better known as Disclosure are one of six acts flying the British flag in this category.

The Best Major Festival category sees season staples, Reading & Leeds and T in The Park, Creamfields, Global Gathering to the goliath that is Glastonbury nominated. However, relative new-comer Parklife Weekender also makes the 2013 shortlist and following a fourth consecutive sellout it could pip the big boys to the post.

2013 saw the emergence of new events spanning over many different genres reflected in the shortlist for Best New Festival. London and the South East came out on top as the playground for the EDM scene, with Essex’s We Are FSTVL and London’s FOUND. On 2nd December fans will find out if these budding electronic events can stave off competition from the likes of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time and others.

UK Festival Awards Director James Drury comments:

“We’ve seen one of the most vibrant seasons in 2013, line-ups have featured a huge number of must-see and incredible new acts. Alongside that talent legends like Rolling Stones and mega-stars like Eminem returned to the stage. Again we’ve beaten the record of votes cast with 575,000 received this year and we can’t wait to reveal the favourites of the festival-going public”

Tickets for the UK Festival Conference & Awards start at just £40 and are available through the UK Festival Conference & Awards’ official ticketing partner Eventbrite, to order please visit festivalawards.com/tickets/.

AND THE FINAL SHORTLISTS ARE…

BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Bestival
Creamfields
Download
Glastonbury
GlobalGathering
Parklife Weekender
Reading & Leeds
T in the Park
V Festival

BEST MEDIUM-SIZED FESTIVAL in association with Eventbrite
Bloodstock Open Air
Boardmasters
Camp Bestival
End of the Road Festival
Green Man
Kendal Calling
Latitude
Secret Garden Party
We Are FSTVL
Y Not Festival

BEST SMALL FESTIVAL in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions
2000trees Festival
ArcTanGent
Bearded Theory
Beat Herder
Blissfields
Brownstock Festival
Festival No6
Glasgowbury
Strawberry Fields Festival
The Zoo Project Festival

BEST NEW FESTIVAL in association with Robertson Taylor
ArcTanGent
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Chilfest
Folkstock
FOUND
LIVE in Barnsley
Lost at Sea
Love Supreme Jazz Festival
The Fusion Festival
We Are FSTVL

BEST DANCE EVENT
Beat Herder
Bestival
Creamfields
GlobalGathering
Gottwood
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival
RockNess
South West Four
The Zoo Project Festival
We Are FSTVL

BEST METROPOLITAN FESTIVAL
Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park
Dot To Dot
Live at Leeds
Liverpool Sound City
Love Saves The Day
Slam Dunk Festival
South West Four
The Great Escape
Tramlines
Vans Warped Tour Uk (2012)

BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL
Beautiful Days
Beverley Folk Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Camp Bestival
Chilfest
Green Man
Lakefest
Larmer Tree Festival
Latitude
Truck Festival

BEST GRASSROOTS EVENT in association with ID&C
2000trees Festival
Bearded Theory
Beautiful Days
Blissfields
Green Man
In The Woods
Kendal Calling
Larmer Tree Festival
The Zoo Project Festival
Y Not Festival

BEST TOILETS in association with XL Video
2000trees Festival
ArcTanGent
Bearded Theory
Blissfields
Creamfields
Download
GlobalGathering
Kendal Calling
We are FSTVL
Y Not Festival

BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL
Benicàssim (Spain)
Berlin Festival (Germany)
Dimensions (Croatia)
Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland)
EXIT Festival (Serbia)
Outlook Festival (Croatia)
Rock Am Ring/ Rock Im Park (Germany)
Snowbombing (Austria)
The Garden Festival (Croatia)
Tomorrowland (Belgium)

HEADLINE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR in association with Relentless Energy Drink
Arctic Monkeys – Glastonbury
Biffy Clyro – Reading & Leeds
Elton John – Bestival
Eminem – Reading & Leeds
Foals – Latitude
Rammstein – Download
Sigur Ros – End of the Road
The Prodigy – Creamfields
The Rolling Stones – Barclaycard Presents British Summertime
The Rolling Stones – Glastonbury

ANTHEM OF THE SUMMER in association with Jagermeister
Do I Wanna Know – Arctic Monkeys
Feel the Love -Rudimental
Freak Out – Chic ft Nile Rodgers
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Ho Hey- The Lumineers
Inhaler – Foals
Ni**as in Paris – Jay-Z
Pompeii – Bastille
Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
White Noise – Disclosure

BREAKTHROUGH ACT OF THE YEAR
Bastille
Disclosure
Frightened Rabbit
HAIM
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar
London Grammar
Rudimental
The 1975
The Strypes
The following Awards are decided by panels made up of people who are experts in the relevant sector. The shortlists in these categories will be announced on Wednesday 13th November:

Agency of the Year (decided by IQ Magazine)
Best Line-Up in association with J20 Late (decided by a panel of renowned UK music journalists)
Concession of the Year (decided by festival organisers)
The Greener Festival Award (decided by AGreenerFestival.com)
Best Brand Activation (decided by the European Sponsorship Association)
The Extra-Festival Activity Award (decided by the Festival Awards Board)
Promoter of the Year in association (decided by the Festival Awards Board, in association with Peppermint Bars)
Outstanding Contribution to Festival Production (in association with TPI)
Best Use of New Technology (decided by a panel of technology journalists, in association with Stuff)
The Outstanding Achievement Award (decided by the Festival Awards Board, in association with Festival HQ)
This year’s UK Festival Awards had in excess of 575,000 votes, an incredible increase of 75,000 on last year. There have been over 6,000 tweets about the Festival Awards, hundreds of Facebook posts which reached a potential aggregated 9,549,801 people, and the total overall online exposure has been 14,274,006 people, (figures from social media analysis company Topsy.com).

Tickets for the UK Festival Conference & Awards start at just £40 and are available through the UK Festival Conference & Awards’ official ticketing partner Eventbrite, to order please visit festivalawards.com/tickets/.

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