LEOPALLOOZA WIN BIG AT THE UK FESTIVAL AWARDS 2014
The 11th annual UK Festival Awards held at The Roundhouse in London on Monday 1st December presented Cornwall’s homegrown Leopallooza (held just outside Bude on the North Coast) with The Grass Roots Festival Award. They shared the limelight with indie icons The Libertines who won the title of ‘Best Headline Performance’ for their British Summer Time, Hyde Park. Also picking up awards were events including the mothership-like Glastonbury, crowned ‘Best Major Festival’, Creamfields for ‘Best Dance Event’ and Festival Number 6, a relative newcomer whose success saw them collect the ‘Line-up Of The Year’ prize.
Elsewhere in the artist categories global dance megastar Calvin Harris’ appropriately titled ‘Summer’ was chosen as the ‘Anthem of The Summer’ whilst up-and-coming Rock four-piece Wolf Alice were awarded ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’.
The popular Dorset bash Camp Bestival collected the trophy for ‘Best Family Festival’ meaning that Rob da Bank made two trips to the stage, his other being to collect the evening’s biggest honour, the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Festivals’ award, presented to him by none other than Michael Eavis.
Dance music further dominated the winners list this year, in addition to awards for Creamfields and Calvin Harris with both We Are FSTVL and The Zoo Project Festival collecting prizes for ‘Best Medium-Sized Festival’ and ‘Best Small Festival’ respectively.
Steve Jenner, Festival Awards Director comments: “Another outstanding summer has made this year’s voting and judging a hugely exciting but also challenging task. Not that this put off the festival going public, we’ve seen a 25% rise in votes with over 720,000 cast this year.
So many events have put on an exceptional show and we’re thrilled to be able to praise many of them via the UK Festival Awards. Once more our ceremony has been a sell-out success and we’ve also sold more tickets than ever before for the Festival Conference.
We’re very proud to have assembled the great and good of the festival world for this occasion.”
The full list of winners is below.
The following shortlists were decided by the online public vote:
Best Major Festival in association with: PlugGo
Best Medium-Sized Festival in association with: Eventbrite
We Are FSTVL
Best Small Festival
The Zoo Project Festival
Best New Festival in association with: ID&C
The Secret Festival
Best Family Festival in association with: Matthew Clark
Best Metropolitan Festival
Live at Leeds
Best Dance Event in association with: XL Video
The Grass Roots Festival Award
Best Overseas Festival in association with: Yourope
Headline Performance of the Year in association with: SnoozeBox
(curated by Gigwise)
The Libertines at British Summer Time, Hyde Park
Best Breakthrough Artist in association with: Last.fm (curated by
Drowned In Sound)
Anthem of the Summer in association with: Clash Magazine
Calvin Harris ‘Summer’
The following more specialist awards are decided by panels of industry
Line-Up Of The Year
Festival Number 6
Best Use of New Technology in association with: White Light
The Parklife Weekender – For their revolutionary portable substance analysis
system supplied by The Loop and working with Greater Manchester Police
Agency of the Year In association with: IQ Magazine
Concession of the Year
Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods
The Greener Festival Award in association with: Bucks New University
The Brand Activation Award in association with: The European
The Extra-Festival Activity Award in association with: Airbeem
Promoter of the Year in association with: Peppermint Bars
Rich Bryan (Bearded Theory)
The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award in association
with: Intelligent Venue Solutions
Rob da Bank
by 247 Magazine