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Some of the South West’s finest festivals are in the running for national recognition as part of the UK Festival Awards 2012. These include: Camp Bestival, Nass, 2000Trees, Nozstock, End of the Road, Dot to Dot, Boardmasters and Beautiful Days.

Public voting for these awards is now open – with the results expected in a star-spangled ceremony, compered by Phil Jupitus, at Lkondon’s Roundhouse on Monday December 3, 2012.

More than 200 British contemporary music festivals have applied to take part in the awards this year, which exist to recognise and congratulate the people whose vision, creativity and hard work brightened up the lives of more than 3 million festival-goers in the UK this summer, in spite of the wettest weather conditions since records began.

With Glastonbury out of the running this year, the Best Major Festival category is sure to be even more heavily contested than usual, with established giants Reading & Leeds, V Festival, Download and Scotland’s T in the Park all having had strong sell-out years. Or could last year’s newcomer to the group, Bestival, rise up and seize the title?

Competition is fierce in the Best New Festival category with No Direction Home, festival from the same team behind End of The Road, and the recent Festival No. 6 in Wales, to name but two contenders in the running. Futhermore, in the Best Dance Festival category some of electronic music’s most recognised events including Creamfields and Global Gathering go up against the giant that was BBC Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend.

Other categories include Best Major/Medium-Sized/Small Festival, Best Dance Event, Best Family Festival, Best Metropolitan Festival, Headline Performance, Best Breakthrough Artist, Anthem of the Summer and, of course, Best Toilets. All participating voters are eligible for the ‘Dream Summer’ prize draw that entitles one lucky random winner to VIP tickets next year to every festival that scoops an award.

Festival-goers can have their say now at www.festivalawards.com/vote