Download Festival named big winner at the Festival Awards 2013

Arctic Monkeys and Kendal Calling also win gongs

Download Festival named big winner at the Festival Awards 2013

Photographer: Sara BowreyChris Swindells on 03 December 2013

The festival awards, established in 2004, took place at London’s Roundhouse venue and was hosted once again by Phill Jupitus. Download Festival, which featured headline performances from Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein this year, picked up the Best Major Festival Award and dance newcomer We Are FSTVL in Essex walked away with the Best New Festival Award.

James Drury, Managing Director of UK Festival Awards, commented: "In this, our 10th year, we had the most fiercely-fought competition for the awards. There were so many incredible festivals taking place this year that it’s not surprising that 575,000 votes were cast by fans from across the world.
"Congratulations to all those which made it into the finalists – it’s no mean feat to make it into the top 10, considering over 340 festivals entered this year."

The winners of the UK Festival Awards are as follows:

Best Major Festival

Best Medium-sized Festival in association with Eventbrite

Kendal Calling
Best Small Festival in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions

Bearded Theory
Best New Festival in association with Robertson Taylor

Best Dance Event


Best Metropolitan Festival

Dot To Dot
Best Family Festival

Camp Bestival
Best Grassroots Event in association with ID&C

2000trees Festival
Best Toilets in association with XL Video

Best Overseas Festival

Snowbombing (Austria)
Headline Performance of the Year in association with Relentless Energy Drink

Arctic Monkeys - Glastonbury
Anthem of the Year in association with Jagermeister

Get Lucky - Daft Punk

Breakthrough of the Year

Best Line-up in association with J20 Lates (decided by a panel of renowned UK music journalists)

Concession of the Year

Strumpets with Crumpets
The Greener Festival Award in association with A GreenerFestival

Shambala Festival

Best Brand Activation in association with the European Sponsorship Association
Virgin Media
The Extra-Festival Activity Award


The Outstanding Achievement Award in association with Festival HQ

Fiona Stewart, Green Man Festival

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