By Alan Davies
Saturday, October 5, 2013
PUBLIC voting has opened for the 10th annual UK Festival Awards – and five Hertfordshire music events are in contention for gongs.
Hatfield festivals Folk by the Oak and Slam Dunk, Wilkestock, Standon Calling and Folkstock are all shortlisted for coveted trophies in the music industry bash.
All five events are up against each other for the Best Small Festival, in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions. This category is for festivals of less than 10,000 capacity.
New Hertfordshire festival Folkstock, which took place last month at Aldenham Country Park in Elstree, is up for five awards in total.
Standon Calling stars De La Soul are also competing against all three Glastonbury headline acts – The Rolling Stones, Artic Monkeys and Mumford & Sons – for the Headline Performance of the Year gong.
The public can vote in the following categories:
* Best Major Festival
* Best Medium Festival (in association with Eventbrite)
* Best Small Festival (in association with IVS)
* Best Metropolitan Festival
* Best New Festival
* Best Toilets
* Best Family Festival
* Best New Festival (in association with Robertson Taylor)
* Best Overseas Festival
* Headline Performance of the Year (in association with Relentless)
* Best Breakthrough Artist
* Anthem of the Summer (in association with Jagermeister)
Winners in the tenth anniversary UK Festival Awards will be decided by those who know best, the festival-loving public.
And the winners will be announced at a glitzy award ceremony at London’s legendary Roundhouse on Monday, December 2.
UK Festival Awards managing director James Drury said: “It seems hard to believe that it was 10 years ago that the Festival Awards first launched.
“Festivals have changed incredibly in that decade and it’s been a privilege to have developed with such a fascinating, challenging and exceptionally creative industry.
“This year we’re looking at events and acts of massively different ages all competing at a top level, likewise we continue to see a huge mix of musical styles bring real diversity to the season.
“We’re very much looking forward to celebrating the festival-going public’s favourites.”
Last year saw more than 500,000 votes cast and this year’s UK Festival Awards seeks to cast that net even further to create a true and all encompassing measure of the festival-goer opinion.
To vote, register at www.festivalawards.com/vote and vote by Friday, November 1.
Best New Festival: Festival Number Six
Best Metropolitan Festival: Camden Crawl
Best Dance Event: Global Gathering
Best Overseas Festival: Benicassim
Best Family Festival: Latitude
Best Breakthrough Artist: Jake Bugg
Line-Up of the Year: Download
Headline Performance of the Year: New Order at Festival Number Six
Anthem of the Summer: Django Django ‘Default’
Agency of the Year: William Morris Agency
Best Small Festival: Y-Not
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Bloodstock
Best Major Festival: Bestival
The Grass Roots Festival Award: Green Man
Concession of the Year: Paelleria
The Greener Festival Award: Croissant Neuf Summer Party
Best Toilets: Lodestar
Best Brand Activation: Southern Comfort Juke Joint
The Extra-Festival Activity Award: Live From Jodrell Bank
Outstanding Contribution to Festival Production
Promoter of the Year: Gareth Cooper (Outgoing/SBH Events)
The Lifetime Achievement Award: John Probyn (Live Nation)