The UK Festival Awards have just announced their 2016 shortlists, with Merseyside events receiving nods across the board. Getintothis’ David Hall reports on a job well done for their organisers.
Festivals from the smallest to the largest and from the fledgling to the well-established have been nominated for the 2016 edition of the prestigious UK Festival Awards.
Two free Sefton Park extravaganzas in Liverpool International Music Festival and Africa Oyé could receive Best Medium-Sized Festival, with competition from the likes of Portmeirion’s Festival No. 6 and Y Not Festival, amongst others.
LIMF receives a nod for The Grass Roots Festival Award, which celebrates festivals supporting both local communities and new music, maintaining an independent spirit and resisting commercialisation. LIMF and Oyé are also in line for Best Family Festival in a separate category.
Events of less than 10,000 capacity line up in the Best Small Festival category, with Liverpool Music Week, Liverpool Sound City and the Baltic Triangle-based Threshold Festival all potential winners. The neighbouring Sounds From the Other City, Bluedot and Neighbourhood also receive Best Small Festival nods, with the latter two also figuring amongst the Best New Festival nominees.
The pair of Liverpool Music Week and Liverpool Sound City also crop up in the Best Metropolitan Festival category.
Punching way above its weight is Positive Vibration, the Liverpool-based festival of reggae, which is nominated in five categories; Best Small Festival, Best New Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Metropolitan Festival and the Grass Roots Festival Award.
The winners are announced on Monday, November 28.