Spotlight: Best Party Arena of 2007?

In the run up to the UK Festival Awards we'll be profiling certain categories, taking you through some of the nominations and generally explaining what each particular award is all about...

Best Party Arena in association with Rizla

The spotlight today turns onto the Best Party Arena at this year’s festivals. Recent music trends have seen a blurring of genres with the glow-stick generation joining the guitar hardcore in the fringe venues of festival across the country.

A crop of tents, bars and arenas have joined the battle to be best of the beats, in many cases rivaling the main stages. These creations add an extra twist to any festival, enhancing the experience and building a party sprit of their own making. The contenders for the Best Party Arena award are:

Bacardi B-Live – Southport Weekender, Isle of Wight Festival, T in the Park, Oxegen, V Festival
Bedrock International – SW4
Dance East – Glastonbury Festival
Duracell Powerhouse – T in the Park, Leeds Festival, Download, Connect
M8 Present: Cream & Goodgrief – Creamfields
Polysexual Terrace – Global Gathering
Rizla Invisible Players Arena – Lovebox, Bestival
Samsung Big Top – Bestival
Slam Tent – T in the Park
Strongbow Cider House – Isle of Wight Festival, Global Gathering, V Festival, Creamfields
The Clash Arena – Rock Ness

Bacardi B-Live brought big names like Norman Jay, Fedde Le Grand and Ashley Beedle to T in the Park, Isle of Wight and V Festival, giving ravers an eclectic selection of sounds – but is it enough to win your vote?

South West Four had house heroes John Digweed, Eric Prydz and Josh Wink getting you into a ‘Higher State Of Consciousness’ in the Bedrock International tent, but were their beats big enough to tick your box?

The Clash Arena at Rock Ness are among the frontrunners with a monster line-up including Daft Punk, Mark Ronson and Groove Armada, but will their acts be enough to outdo T In The Park’s Slam Tent with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip and Slam.

The diverse choice of acts of the Samsung Big Top at Bestival may swing it to for the festival with acts ranging from reggae legend Horace Andy, to indie-pop star Remi Nicole via French electro DJ François K.

The Dance East tent at Glastonbury was the place to see Fatboy Slim’s traditional closing set, as well as Ibiza king Carl Cox but was it Mika’s performance enough to take it to the top? Not if the Duracell Powerhouse DJs can help it. Special sets from the likes of Gallows kept you grooving for longer at Connect and Download.

Global Gathering’s Polysexual Terrace is for those who like things a little harder, but was it hard enough with Tidy Boys, Lisa Lashes and Anne Savage thumping out tunes over the weekend? Did it beat the Rizla Invisible Players Arena who had blend of specialist mixologists like dub king Don Letts and Hacienda’s dance boffin Greg Wilson?

The Strongbow Cider House rocked Creamfields, Isle of Wight, V Festival and Global Gathering with the likes of Kissy Sell Out, Hot Chip and Krafty Kuts. But was it a good enough party to beat M8 Present: Cream & Goodgrief tent at Creamfields? The arena wore the trance trousers and house hats of Eddie Halliwell, Ferry Corsten and Carl Cox.

A summer full of bass-throbbing soirees, but which arena do you think threw the perfect party? Vote HERE.