Glastonbury, Shambala and Calvin Harris amongst winners of the UK Festival Awards 2014

The 11th annual UK Festival Awards presented indie icons The Libertines with the title of ‘Best Headline Performance’ for their British Summer Time, Hyde Park set at a ceremony at The Roundhouse in London on Monday 1st December hosted by Fun Lovin Criminals frontman Huey Morgan. Also picking up awards were events including the mothership-like Glastonbury, crowned ‘Best Major Festival’, Creamfields for ‘Best Dance Event’ and Festival Number 6, a relative newcomer whose success saw them collect the ‘Line-up Of The Year’ prize.  Elsewhere in the artist categories global dance megastar Calvin Harris’ appropriately titled ‘Summer’ was chosen as the ‘Anthem of The Summer’ whilst up-and-coming Rock four-piece Wolf Alice were awarded ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’.  The popular Dorset bash Camp Bestival collected the trophy for ‘Best Family Festival’ meaning that Rob da Bank made two trips to the stage, his other being to collect the evening’s biggest honour, the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals’ award, presented to him by none other than Michael Eavis. Dance music further dominated the winners list this year, in addition to awards for Creamfields and Calvin Harris with both We Are FSTVL and The Zoo Project Festival collecting prizes for ‘Best Medium-Sized Festival’ and ‘Best Small Festival’ respectively, and Shambala picked up the Greener Festival Award for their outstanding  contribution to sustainability in 2014.

The Awards followed on from a full day conference which also had a green theme and Alison Tickell from Julie’s Bicycle moderated a knowledgeable panel which featured Rob Scully (Croissant Neuf Summer Party & Glastonbury), Penny Mellor (A Greener Festival), Chris Johnson (Shambala), Melvin Benn (Festival Republic) and Katie Madison in a Powerful Thinking sponsored panel titled ‘The Show Must Go On’.  Other panels covered drug use at festivals, new technologies, secondary revenues and in the wake of a number of event bankrupcies in 2014, the problems inexperienced entrants to the festval scene can cause to fans and suppliers alike.

Shambala - the UKFA's greenest festival

Shambala – the UKFA’s greenest festival

T-in-The-Park pick up their commended Greener Festival Award at the UKFAs

T-in-The-Park pick up their commended Greener Festival Award at the UKFAs

The following shortlists were decided by the online public vote:

Best Major Festival In association with: PlugGo
Glastonbury Festival

Best Medium-Sized Festival In association with: Eventbrite
We Are FSTVL

Best Small Festival
The Zoo Project Festival

Best New Festival In association with: ID&C
The Secret Festival

Best Family Festival In association with: Matthew Clark
Camp Bestival

Best Metropolitan Festival
Live at Leeds

Best Dance Event In association with: XL Video
Creamfields

The Grass Roots Festival Award
Leopallooza

Best Overseas Festival In association with: Yourope
Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Best Toilets
V Festival

Headline Performance of the Year In association with: SnoozeBox
(curated by Gigwise)
The Libertines at British Summer Time, Hyde Park

Best Breakthrough Artist In association with: Last.fm (curated by
Drowned In Sound)
Wolf Alice

Anthem of the Summer In association with: Clash Magazine
Calvin Harris ‘Summer’

The following more specialist awards are decided by panels of industry
experts:

Line-Up Of The Year
Festival Number 6

Best Use of New Technology In association with: White Light
The Parklife Weekender – For their revolutionary portable substance-analysis
system supplied by The Loop and working with Greater Manchester Police

Agency of the Year In association with: IQ Magazine
William Morris

Concession of the Year
Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods

The Greener Festival Award In association with: Bucks New University
Shambala

The Brand Activation Award In association with: The European
Sponsorship Association
Malibu

The Extra-Festival Activity Award In association with: Airbeem
Beat Herder

Promoter of the Year In association with: Peppermint Bars
Rich Bryan (Bearded Theory)

The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award In association
with: Intelligent Venue Solutions
Rob da Bank

 

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