eotr2014The votes have been counted and we can now reveal the finalists in this year’s UK Festival Awards, as decided by the British festival-going public. This year – the 11th edition – saw a new record set for votes with over 700,000 cast by fans for their favourite festivals and artists, a remarkable 25% increase on last year’s figures. The winners will be announced on-stage at the UK Festival Awards gala ceremony which returns to The Roundhouse in London on Monday 1st December, preceded by The UK Festival Conference during the daytime at the same event.

The public-voted accolades include awards for the Best Major, Medium, Small, New, Metropolitan, Dance, Family and Grass Roots events, as well as the fiercely contested Best Toilets.

The titles for artists include Headline Performance Of The Year, Best Breakthrough Artist and Anthem Of The Summer.

But it’s not just about the public vote. Some of the more specialists categories are decided by panels of industry professionals, including Best Use of New Technology, Promoter Of The Year, Agency Of The Year, Concession Of The Year, The Greener Festival Award, The Extra Festival Award and Line-Up Of The Year.

Steve Jenner, Founder & Director comments: “The response to this year’s awards, not only from fans, but also from more festivals applying to take part than ever before, has been exceptional this year – a positive sign that industry confidence, backed by public passion is surging in 2014. It sets the tone for an extra special celebration at The Roundhouse in a few weeks’ time.” A limited number of tickets to the event are still available at
Best Major Festival – In association with: PlugGo
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Download Festival
Isle of Wight Festival
Reading & Leeds
Sonisphere Festival
T in the Park
V Festival
Wireless Festival
Last year’s winner: Download
Best Medium-Sized Festival – In association with: Eventbrite
Beautiful Days
Bloodstock Open Air
Camp Bestival
Green Man
Kendal Calling
Secret Garden Party
Y Not Festival
Last year’s winner: Kendal Calling

Best Small Festival
Barn on the Farm
Bearded Theory
Beat Herder
Brownstock Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Festival No.6
Jimmy’s Sausage & Beer Festival
Zoo Project Festival, The
Last year’s winner: Bearded Theory


Best New Festival – In association with: ID&C
Mutiny in the Park
No Tomorrow
Red Rooster
Rewind North
Secret Festival, The
Somersault Festival
Summer Sizzler
Together Festival
UKG Fest

2012 winner: We Are FSTVL


Best Family Festival
British Summer Time Hyde Park
Beautiful Days
Camp Bestival
Eden Festival
Green Man
Jamie Oliver & Alex James present The Big Feastival
Kendal Calling
Victorious Festival
Last year’s winner: Camp Bestival

Best Metropolitan Festival
Blackpool Music Festival
Dot to Dot
Fusion Festival
Great Escape, The
Live at Leeds
Liverpool Sound City
MADE Birmingham
Slam Dunk Festival
Whitby Goth Weekend
Last year’s winner: Dot To Dot

Best Dance Event – In association with: XL Video
Beat Herder
Mutiny in the park
South West Four
The Parklife Weekender
Last year’s winner: Creamfields

The Grass Roots Festival Award
Barn on the Farm
Beautiful Days
Bloodstock Open Air
Eden Festival
Green Man
In The Woods Festival
Jimmy’s Sausage & Beer Festival
Y Not Festival
Last year’s winner: 2000Trees
Best Overseas Festival – In association with: Yourope
Tomorrowland (Belgium)
Coachella (USA)
Benicassim (Spain)
Ibiza Rocks (Spain)
Outlook (Croatia)
Splendour In The Grass (Australia)
Rock am Ring/ Rock Im Park (Germany)
Wacken Open Air (Germany)
Pinkpop (The Netherlands)
Sonar (Spain)
Snowbombing (Austria)
NOS Alive – formerly Optimus Alive (Portugal)
Last year’s winner: Snowbombing (Austria)

Best Toilets
Download Festival
End Of The Road
Kendal Calling
Larmer Tree Festival
Reading & Leeds
Truck Festival
V Festival
Last year’s winner: ArcTanGent

Headline Performance of the Year – In association with: SnoozeBox (curated by Gigwise)
Arcade Fire at Glastonbury
Arctic Monkeys at Reading & Leeds
Biffy Clyro at T In The Park
Foals at Bestival
Kasabian at Glastonbury
The Killers at V Festival
The Libertines at British Summer Time
Linkin Park at Download
The Prodigy at Sonisphere
Metallica at Glastonbury
Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Isle Of Wight
Suede at Kendal Calling
Last year’s winner: Arctic Monkeys at Glastonbury

Best Breakthrough Artist
In association with: (curated by Drowned In Sound)
The 1975
Blood Red Shoes
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Jagwar Ma
Royal Blood
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
The War on Drugs
Wolf Alice
Last year’s winner: Rudimental

Anthem of the Summer – In association with: Clash Magazine
The 1975 – ‘Chocolate’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine’
Calvin Harris – ‘Summer’
Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’
Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
Metallica – ‘Whiskey In The Jar’
OutKast – ‘Ms Jackson’
Pharell Williams – ‘Happy’
Royal Blood – ‘Come On Over’
Sam Smith – ‘Stay With Me’
Last year’s winner: Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’

Line-Up Of The Year
Beacons Festival
End Of The Road
Festival Number 6
Green Man
Liverpool Music Week
Liverpool Sound City
Love Supreme Jazz Festival
Last year’s winner: Latitude
Best Use of New Technology – In association with: White Light
Bestival – For their fan ambassador scheme using an online platform provided by The Physical Network
Creamfields – For its epic live Youtube stream covering every stage of the festival
Eden Sessions – For their live global broadcast on Youtube delivered in association with Asus
Liverpool Sound City – For their iOS-integrated itinerary scheduling system
Lovebox – For their mobile audience engagement platform delivered in association with HTC using technology provided by Airbeem
The Parklife Weekender – For their revolutionary substance-analysis system supplied by The Loop and working with Greater Manchester Polic
Salford Music Festival – For its smart, integrated ‘Event1’ event management system provided by 1SecureWeb
V Festival – For their ‘FanPic’ social engagement application, delivered in cooperation with Ticketmaster
Wireless Festival – For their smart visitor tracking system provided by Crowd Connected working with Eventbase
Y01 Festival – For its new queue-busting electronic access control system delivered by We Scan Tickets
Last year’s winner: Intelligent Venue Solutions on behalf of Barclaycard at Barclaycard British Summer Time (Hyde Park)

Agency of the Year – In association with: IQ Magazine
13 Artists
Echo Location Talent Agency
The Agency Group
Last year’s winner: CODA

Concession of the Year
Ghandis Flip Flop
Gizzi Erskine’s Chefs Club
Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods
Happy Maki Sushi
Hot Rocks Pizza
La Grande Bouffe
Lulu’s Café
Mocha Mania
Smoke Stack
Last year’s winner: Strumpets With Crumpets

The Greener Festival Award – In association with: Bucks New University
BBC Hyde Park Proms
Cambridge Folk Festival
End of the Road
Glasgow 2014
Glastonbury Festival
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley
Shambala Festival
T in the Park
Wood Festival
Last year’s winner: Shambala Festival

The Extra-Festival Activity Award
3 Wishes Faery Fest
Beat Herder
Festival No.6
Secret Garden Party
The Secret Festival
Y Not/Truck/Brownstock
Last year’s winner: Wilderness

Promoter of the Year – In association with: Peppermint Bars
AMust4Music (Bloodstock)
Count Of Ten Group (Y Not, Truck, Brownstock, Hevy, Tramlines)
DF Concerts (T In The Park)
John Giddings and Solo (Isle Of Wight Festival)
Red Jelly Productions (Xstatic Summer Festival)
Rich Bryan (Bearded Theory)
Rob Star (Eastern Electrics)
Scott Barton (Creamfields)
The Zoo Project Festival Team
Vision Nine (Boardmasters, NASS)

Last year’s winner: Paddy Glasgow (Glasgowbury)

The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award – In association with: Intelligent Venue Solutions
Winner to be announced in due course.

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