Every day for the next few weeks we'll be profiling a category from the UK Festival Awards, taking you through some of the nominations and generally explaining what each particular award is all about...
The battle of the breaks and beats has never been so brutal. With live dance acts and DJs both featuring heavily on festival bills this year, the genre has proven it's just as banging as it's always been.
Those with superstar status have long been looking over their shoulders at the new crop of talent that’s emerging in the scene. But have the nu-ravers done enough to overtake the experienced mixmasters or live bands?
After successfully taking the honour home for the last two years The Prodigy haven’t made the shortlist this time round due to a festival-free year, which means the prize is up to grabs for a brand new winner. But who?
Here’s your lot to pick from:
Simian Mobile Disco
Having been nominated for the last two years, Basement Jaxx must be hoping to make it third time lucky after massive shows at V Festival and Global Gathering. But Big Beat buddies The Chemical Brothers (themselves a previous nominee) have released a new album and produced some colossal shows this summer, culminating in a Bestival headline slot.
Another dance duo in contention is Simian Mobile Disco. The producer pair had never played live before this May but have since built up an enthusiastic electronica following. However they will face stiff competition from Mark ‘horns and breaks’ Ronson with his academy of star collaborations and army of stellar covers.
The good ship Groove Armada could be pulling into the prize port with a succession of ‘Superstlin’’ shows at Lovebox, Isle of Wight and Rock Ness, but it will be hard to beat breakdown boffins Faithless, who stormed O2 Wireless and Global Gathering with stella sets.
It’s impossible to write off the French dance factions too. Justice's rock-twinged electronica got thousands moving in the meadows this summer but French House pioneers Daft Punk treated the O2 Wireless throngs to a massive headline set.
It could be down to LCD Soundsystem to snatch it from the bigger boys though, after the five-piece’s pumping dance-punk sets at Connect, Carling Weekend and O2 Wireless. Not if DJ Yoda gets there first. The genre-hopping party-starter proved as popular as ever at Bestival and The Big Chill with his choice cuts and cheesy tunes.
Which such a close selection it’s down to the act that got you grooving the most? Vote HERE.