UK: Festival fans can now officially have their say on this year’s festival season as voting in the UK Festival Awards is live on the Festival Awards website, running until Monday October 27. UK festivals, from the smallest to the largest, will be hoping to be crowned the best of what this summer had to offer with gongs for Best Major, Medium-sized, Small, New, Family, Grass Roots and Dance Festival up for grabs. Artists are in the running too with all three of Glastonbury’s headline acts – Arcade Fire, Kasabian and Metallica – once again through to the nominations in the Headline Performance of the Year category. They’ll be vying for the title with other behemoths like The Libertines at British Summer Time, Kanye West at Wireless and Arctic Monkeys at Reading & Leeds, as well as a fresh crop of rising stars like London Grammar at Festival Number 6, Metronomy at Field Day and St. Vincent at End Of The Road.
The winners in the eleventh edition of the UK Festival Awards will be announced and presented at a glitzy award ceremony at London’s legendary Roundhouse on Monday December 1 2014, the evening of the UK Festival Conference which gathers the leading lights of the industry in the same venue.
This year will see fiercer competition than usual amongst the titans in the Best Major Festival category (for events with more than 40,000 daily attendees), with the return of Sonisphere to Knebworth Park after a three year break plus British Summer Time bedding-in at Hyde Park, reforming The Libertines and letting Black Sabbath out of the cage. Calling Festival jumped across the river and set up camp in Clapham Common, whilst urban festival giant Wireless also relocated to Finsbury Park and spawned a twin in Birmingham.
UK Festival Awards Director, Steve Jenner commented: “With more festivals applying to take part in these Awards than ever before and a very healthy crop of entries for Best New Festival, we are definitely sensing a level of increased confidence in the market this year, in relation to previous editions. It will make for an exciting Awards and we can’t wait to see what the outlook is like from the public’s perspective.”
As an incentive, everyone that votes can enter a prize draw to win a ‘Dream Summer’ – two VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award. Fans that want to go a step further in helping to improve the festival landscape can also take part in the largest market research survey ever undertaken in the festival market – the 2014 Festival Awards Census – for a chance to win an iPad mini.
As well as the public voted categories, the UK Festival Awards features a number of more specialist prizes, which are decided by juries of industry experts. These include Promoter Of The Year, Best Use Of New Technology, The Extra Festival Award and The Brand Activation Award. The shortlists in these are announced with the public-voted ones on Monday November 4.