Liverpool took home several major prizes from this year’s UK Festival Awards, Getintothis’ Jake Marley reports.
Merseyside festivals Liverpool Music Week, Liverpool Sound City, Creamfields and Postive Vibrations all brought home major gongs from this year’s UK Festival Awards tonight.
Liverpool Music Week scored a major win bringing home the award for Best Metropolitan Festival. Seeing off tough competition from Dot 2 Dot Festival, Live at Leeds and our very own Liverpool Sound City among others. 2016’s edition featured memorable headline sets from Warpaint, John Carpenter, Let’s Eat Grandma and many more.
Elsewhere Liverpool Sound City won big once again, coming away with Best Festival For Emerging Talent – an award which recognises Sound City‘s commitment to showcasing new music and unearthing new talent.
— LIVERPOOL MUSIC WEEK (@LivMusicWeek) November 28, 2016
Merseyside festival Creamfields added to the success winning Best Major Festival in a hugely competitive field that included seriously big hitters such as BST Hyde Park, Reading and Leeds and Isle of Wight and even the all important Glastonbury.
Completing a quartet of winners, Best New Festival went to new Liverpool event Positive Vibrations – Festival of Reggae. The event’s inaugural year was a resounding success, bringing an almost utopian feel to the Baltic Triangle. A matter of hours before the awards were given out, Positive Vibrations announced bona fide reggae legend Lloyd Coxsone as their first headliner for 2017, proving that the festival is again set for big things next year.
MEGA proud to have won 'Best New Festival' at this year's @festival_awards
— Positive Vibration (@posvibefest) November 28, 2016
It’s the third consecutive year Merseyside has dominated at the UK Festival Awards with LIMF and Threshold also nominated again. Liverpool festivals are clearly in rude health right now, and long may it continue.
Full list of winners:
Best Major Festival: Creamfields
Best Overseas Festival: Electric Elephant
Best New Festival: Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae
Best Toilets: Lattitude Festival
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Kendal Calling
Best Metropolitan Festival: Liverpool Music Week
Best Line-Up: End of the Road Festival
Best Dance Event: We Are FSTVL
Best Grass Roots Festival: Secret Festival
Best Greener Festival: Cambridge Folk Festival
Headline Performance of the Year: Elton John (Henley Festival)
Best Use of New Technology: Melody VR (Festival No. 6)
Agency of the Year: Coda Music Agency
Concession of the Year: Notso Katsu
Best Brand Activation: Relentless at Leeds Festival
Promoter of the Year: AEG Live
Best Family Festival: Bearded Theory
Best Festival for Emerging Talent: Liverpool Sound City
Best Non-Musical Festival: Magical Lantern Festival
Best Small Festival: Wildfire Adventure Camp
Best Hospitality: Download Festival