UK Festival Awards 2011 details released

Geoff Ellis at The UK Festival Awards 2008 by Sara Bowrey
Geoff Ellis at The UK Festival Awards 2008 by Sara Bowrey

UK Festival Awards 2011 organisers have revealed that several of this year's categories will be decided by a panel of judges, in a change from the public-vote system they have used in the past.

The awards, which will take place on Tuesday 15 November at the Roundhouse Camden, will see a judging panel of over 100 journalists and experienced reviewers pick the winners, in a move to ensure fairer voting.

This new system applies to the ‘Best Festival’ award categories, including Best Major / Medium / Small Festival, Best Metropolitan Festival, Best New Festival, Best Family Festival, and Best Toilets.

The festival-going public will still be able to have their say, however, in the new Fan’s Favourite Festival category as well as existing public-voted categories such as Headliner of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Best Overseas Festival.

Last year’s sold-out event saw AC/DC, Florence & The Machine, Paolo Nutini and Biffy Clyro honoured, with T In The Park Festival Director Geoff Ellis picking up the Lifetime Achievement Award.