UK Festival Awards Applications Open

26 August 2009

Applications are now open for all festivals to take part in this year's UK Festival Awards which return to give YOU the chance to set the standard of the UK's incredible music festival scene.

Every festival-shaped event that applies will be put into long-lists in the various categories. Then it's down to YOU to cast your votes, from the 16th September, to decide the final short-lists. Just like last year, there will then be a second round of voting to determine the final winners, who will be awarded at a star-studded bash at the IndigO2 in London, on Thursday 19th November.

You could be there too, for free, by helping us compile the Most Memorable Moments of the 2009 festival season. Just post your suggestions here and you will be entered into a prize draw to win two VIP tickets to the event.

Now in its fourth year as a live gala ceremony, the UK Festival Awards features 13 public voted categories that have been tweaked slightly to fully represent the UK’s diverse festival industry. The fan-voted award categories in full are:
• Best Major Festival
• Best Medium-Sized Festival
• Best Small Festival
• Best Toilets
• The Grass Roots Festival Award
• Best Overseas Festival
• Best Family Festival
• Anthem of the Summer
• Best Breakthrough Artist
• Best Headline Artist
• Best Dance Event
• Best Metropolitan Festival
• Most Memorable Moment

Brand new for 2009 is the ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’, which has been added to the list of awards to represent the growing number of multi-venue festivals staged within urban conurbations such as the Camden Crawl, The Great Escape in Brighton, Dot-To-Dot in Bristol and Nottingham, Stag & Dagger Festival in London, Leeds and Glasgow and more.  

As always, everyone who votes will be entered into the prize draw to win two VIP tickets to each of the winning festivals, which could see you going to up to 11 of the best festivals next year!

In addition to the public-voted categories there will also be a number of industry-decided awards including ‘The Greener Festival’ award, which will be decided by the team behind www.agreenerfestival.com a ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award and the ‘Line-Up of the Year’ award, which will be decided by a panel of leading music journalists.

UK Festival Awards co-Director Steve Jenner says: “A tough year has seen the UK’s festival industry step up and deliver a truly remarkable and spectacular season in 2009, giving enjoyment and inspiration to millions of live music fans through these trying times. In recognition of this overall achievement, and the many individual triumphs that have comprised it, we intend to pull out all the stops and give the industry its greatest celebration yet.

Festivals wishing to apply should contact steve@festivalawards.com

For more information go to: www.festivalawards.com 

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