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[r-zone1]It can now be revealed that the people have nominated Glastonbury as the UK’s Best Major Festival and also Most Innovative Festival, in our inaugural awards.
Franz Ferdinand‘s Take Me Out was named anthem of the summer, while a hasty exit from Reading by rapper 50 Cent was voted Most Memorable Live Moment.
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has told BBC News he was “thrilled” at the result.
“Obviously I am very, very pleased that the public have recognised our work. It is a great accolade. It is thanks to the great team we have working here doing a fantastic job every year.”
[l-zone2]Speaking about the award for Innovation, Eavis added: “We come up with new ideas for the festival all the time and I’m thrilled to bits the public like that. My ideas come in the middle of the night. I always keep a torch and a notebook by the side of my bed to write them down.”
The shortlists in the 12 categories were drawn up by a panel of more than 100 festival journalists and photographers.
[r-zone3]Muse took the award for Best Live Act after their triumphant performances at Glastonbury and V Festival.
Keane were named best live newcomer from a shortlist that also included Dogs Die in Hot Cars, Goldie Lookin’ Chain, Kasabian, Razorlight, The Killers and Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band.
Other winners included Creamfields, for Best Dance Festival; The Big Chill, for Best Small Festival; Get Loaded In The Park for Best New Festival; and Party In The Park for Best One-Day Festival.
T In The Park was commended for its Facilities and Organisation while Download triumphed in the Best Themed Festival category.
An outstanding contribution Award – which was not open to a public vote – went to legendary DJ John Peel, who died in October at the age of 65. Paying tribute, Michael Eavis asserted: “John had a key part in making the UK the most fashionable and musically rich country in the world.”
Thanks once again to everyone who took part. The response we’ve had to these awards has just been phenomenal and we can’t wait to do it all again next year, bigger and better! – The Virtual Festivals team.
For a more detailed breakdown of the results, complete with Oscar-like acceptance speeches, click here!