UK Festival Awards 2012

ukfa logoThousands voted, shortlists were drawn up, and last night the winners were revealed at the UK Festival Awards…

The award for Best Family Festival 2012 went to…


Another highly coveted award that us parents look out for is Best Toilets which was won by LodeStar (and, having been there myself, I can safely say they certainly were the cleanest festival toilets I have ever used!)

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees after a year of very hard work and challenging weather and economic circumstances.  Again I find myself disagreeing with many of the shortlists, with some glaring omissions… but can only guess that some festival organisers are less bothered about the awards and so do not ask their audiences to vote for them?  Who do you think should have won / been shortlisted?  Please leave your comments!

Here are the winners in full:

Best Family Festival in association with Showsec:

SHORTLISTED:  2000trees / Bearded TheoryBeautiful Days / Beverley Folk Festival / Blissfields / Cambridge Folk Festival / Camp Bestival LakefestWilderness Festival

Best Toilets sponsored by XL Video:

SHORTLISTED:  BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend / Beautiful Days / Bestival / Bloodstock Open Air Festival / Download / Latitude / Reading & Leeds / T in the Park / V Festival

Best Small Festival sponsored by Jeremiah Weed:
Y Not Festival

SHORTLISTED:  2000trees / Beat Herder / Cambridge Rock Festival / Festival No.6 / Glasgowbury / Lakefest / Strawberry Fields Festival / Wilderness / Y Not Festival / Zoo Project

The Grass Roots Festival Award in association with ID&C:
Green Man

 SHORTLISTED:  2000treesBeautiful Days / Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival / Bloodstock Open Air Festival / End of the Road Festival / Greenbelt / Hop Farm Music FestivalLakefestY Not Festival

Best Major Festival:

SHORTLISTED:  BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend / Creamfields / Download / GlobalGathering / Hard Rock Calling / Isle Of Wight Festival / Reading & Leeds / T in the Park / V Festival

Best New Festival sponsored by Access All Areas:
Festival No.6

 SHORTLISTED:  BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend / Beacons Music & Arts Festival / Eastern Electrics Festival / Gathering / Lakefest / No Direction Home Festival / Over the Moon Festival / Retro Trax / Xstatic Summer Festival

The Greener Festival Award:
Croissant Neuf Summer Party

Best Medium-Sized Festival sponsored by Eventbrite:
Bloodstock Open Air Festival

SHORTLISTED:  Bingley Music Live / Camp Bestival Green ManKendal Calling / Latitude / RockNess / The Secret Garden Party / Wakestock

Best Dance Event sponsored by Peppermint Bars:

SHORTLISTED:  BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend / Beat Herder / Bestival / Creamfields / Glade Festival / Lovebox / Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival / Shakedown Festival / Zoo Project

Best Metropolitan Festival:
Camden Crawl

SHORTLISTED: Dot To Dot Festival / Freeze Festival / Gathering / Live At Leeds / Liverpool Sound City / London Summer Jam / Orkney Folk Festival / Slam Dunk Festival / Tramlines

Best Line-Up:

SHORTLISTED: Beach Break Live / Bestival / Festival No. 6 / LeeFest / Radio 1 Hackney Weekend /Truck / Wakestock / Wireless / Y Not

Headline Performance Of The Year:
New Order at Festival No. 6

Stevie Wonder at Bestival / Mogwai at Green Man / Dizzee Rascal at Kendal Calling / Ed Sheeran at Wakestock / Slayer at I’ll Be Your Mirror /ATP / Jay-Z at Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend / Metallica at Download / The Stone Roses at T in the Park / The Cure at Reading & Leeds

Best Breakthrough Act sponsored by Jagermeister:
Jake Bugg

SHORTLISTED: Emeli Sande / Lana Del Rey / Alt-J / Alabama Shakes / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs / Django Django / Azealia Banks / Dry The River / Frank Ocean

Anthem Of The Summer:
Django Django – ‘Default’

SHORTLISTED:  Florence & The Machine – ‘Shake It Out’ / The Black Keys – ‘Lonely Boy’ / Rihanna – ‘We Found Love’ / Azealia Banks – ’212′ / The Vaccines – ‘Teenage Icon’ / Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine?’ / Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Sleep Alone’ / Alabama Shakes – ‘Hold On’ / Nicki Minaj –  ‘Starships’

The Extra-Festival Activity Award:
Live From Jodrell Bank (for extreme creativity)

SHORTLISTED:  BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend (Radio 1’s Academy) / Beat Herder Festival (attention to detail) / Bearded Theory (Angel Gardens) / Blissfields Festival (School Sports Day Theme) / The Camden Crawl (alternative events programme) / Galtres Festival (Dragons & Knights Theme) / Green Man (Holiday Ticket) / Land Of Kings (extreme creativity) / RockNess Express

Concession Of The Year:

SHORTLISTED: afterCHOC / Blas Burgerworks / Chunky Chips & Wicked Dips / The Harefields Bakery & Roasts / I Love Ostrich / The Laughing Stock / Pizza Tabun / Viva La Cheese / Woodburns Expresso Pizza Bar

Best Brand Activation sponsored by CGA:
Southern Comfort Juke Joint

Best Overseas Festival:
Benicassim (Spain)

Agency Of The Year sponsored by IQ:
William Morris

Promoter Of The Year sponsored by Robertson Taylor:
Gareth Cooper (Festival No. 6, Beach Break, Lollibop)

Lifetime Achievement Award:
John Probyn

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2 thoughts on “UK Festival Awards 2012

  1. Really pleased that Latitude won Best Family Festival 🙂 My other votes obviously didn’t count though! 🙁

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