UK Festival Awards

Nominations Announced

The UK Festival Awards, curated by, are the only entirely publicly voted honours presented to artists and festival organisers. As such, since the hugely successful 2006 festival season ground to a halt, the UK music industry has been waiting with baited breath for the nominations for the UK Festival Awards 2006 to be disclosed.

This year, for the first time, the annual public vote will culminate in the UK's first ever live festival awards ceremony taking place in the Carling Academy, in Islington London on Thursday 19th October complete with live performances to be announced and an aftershow party to end the festival season in style! Today, we can exclusively reveal details of the full list of nominees..

The full shortlists of nominations are as follows (in alphabetical order.) All voting details are also below:

Best Major Festival

1. Creamfields

2. Download

3. Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

4. Carling Weekend: Reading Festival

5. Global Gathering

6. Nokia Isle of Wight Festival

7. T in the Park

8. V Festival: Chelmsford

9. V Festival: Stafford

10. Wireless Festival

Best Medium-To-Large Festival

1. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

2. Bestival

3. Bulldog Bash

4. Get Loaded in the Park (London)

5. Guilfest

6. Latitude

7. Lovebox Weekender

8. Escape Into The Park

9. The Big Chill

10. Womad

Best Small Festival

1. Beautiful Days

2. Bloodstock Open Air

3. Cambridge Folk Festival

4. Glade

5. Isle of Skye Festival

6. Jersey Live

7. Secret Garden Party

8. The Summer Sundae Weekender

9. Truck Fest

10. Wakestock

Best One Day Festival

1. Creamfields

2. Escape Into The Park

3. Get Loaded In The Park presents 'Cardiff Calling'

4. Get Loaded In The Park (London)

5. Hi:Fi North

6. Monsters Of Rock

7. T4 On The Beach

8. Tin Pan Alley

9. SW4 (Cardiff)

10. SW4 (London)

Grass Roots Festival Award - organically evolved and committed to retaining that traditional festival spirit

1. Beautiful Days

2. Cornbury Festival

3. End of the Road Festival

4. Green Man Festival

5. Larmer Tree Festival

6. Rhythm Festival

7. Solfest

8. Sunrise Summer Solstice Festival

9. Wickerman Festival

10. Wychwood Festival

Playmusic New Festival Award

1. Bloom

2. Electric Garden

3. End Of The Road Festival

4. Get Loaded In The Park (Cardiff)

5. Hi:Fi

6. Hyde Park Calling

7. Latitude

8. Rhythm Festival

9. Sunrise Summer Solstice Celebration

10. SW4 (Cardiff)

Party People Award For Dance Music

1. Bestival

2. Creamfields

3. Escape Into The Park

4. Glade

5. Global Gathering

6. Hi:Fi

7. Lovebox

8. SW4

9. The Slam Tent at T in the Park

10. The Big Chill

Fan Friendly Festival Award - Going that extra mile to put the fans first

1. Ben & Jerry's Sundae

2. Cambridge Folk Festival

3. Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds

4. Download

5. Escape Into The Park

6. Global Gathering

7. Isle Of Skye Festival

8. Latitude

9. Solfest

10. The Summer Sundae Weekender

Family Festival Award

1. Beautiful Days

2. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

3. Ben & Jerry's Sundae

4. Cambridge Folk Festival

5. Guilfest

6. Solfest

7. The Summer Sundae Weekender

8. The Big Session

9. Wychwood Festival


Portaloo Sunset Award for Best Toilets

1. Cambridge Folk Festival

2. Download

3. Global Gathering

4. Jersey Live

5. Larmer Tree Festival

6. Carling Weekends: Reading Festival

7. Solfest

8. Guilfest


10. Wychwood Festival

Award For Innovation

1. Bestival: For the new 'Breast-ival' area where mothers could breastfeed and change nappies in peace.

2. Carling Cold Beer Amnesty: Declaring war on warm beer, fans were invited to swap their cans with ice cold Carling at Reading, Leeds and the Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival.

3. Download: Download TV, a new website developed by Live Nation, invites fans to upload and share video footage from the rock festival.

4. Get Loaded In The Park: Ticket buyers were given a free and exclusive track by headliners Babyshambles, plus access to a new website.

5. Hyde Park Calling: The Who's headline set was streamed on the internet and shown live in Hard Rock Cafes around the world, thanks to the restaurant chain.

6. Latitude: Mean Fiddler fused music, art, theatre, literature, cabaret and poetry to create an entirely new festival experience.

7. Pod Pads: Gave guests and VIPs an alternative to sleeping in tents, constructing cosy beach hut-style with beds and mattresses.

8. T in the Park: 500,000 live download cards were included inside packs of Tennent's Lager which made this the only UK festival this year to make live tracks available to fans for free, online.

9. V Festival: Morrissey fans at both sites were able to download a live version of his single immediately after he performed it.

10. Wakestock: The installation of a huge wakeboarding 'pool gap' allowed riders to show off their skills in front of crowds in the middle of the festival site.

Shelter Award For Social Responsibility

1. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

2. Ben & Jerry's Sundae

3. Cambridge Folk Festival

4. Latitude

5. Lovebox Weekender

6. Solfest

7. The Summer Sundae Weekender

8. Sunrise Summer Solstice Celebration

9. T in the Park


Best Headline Act

* As shortlisted by users of Virtual

1. Coldplay (Isle of Wight)

2. Daft Punk (Global Gathering)

3. Depeche Mode (O2 Wireless)

4. The Levellers (Beautiful Days)

5. Metallica (Download)

6. Muse (Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds)

7. Pearl Jam (Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds)

8. Prodigy (Creamfields, Isle of Wight)

9. Radiohead (V Festival)

10. Red Hot Chili Peppers (T in the Park)

Carling Best Rock Act

* As shortlisted by users of

1. Muse

2. Arctic Monkeys

3. Kasabian

4. Pearl Jam

5. Razorlight

6. Kaiser Chiefs

7. Metallica

8. The Kooks

9. Radiohead

10. Foo Fighters

Best Dance Act

* As shortlisted by users of

1. 2 Many DJs

2. Carl Cox

3. Daft Punk

4. DJ Shadow

5. Fatboy Slim

6. Goldfrapp

7. Groove Armada

8. Mylo

9. The Prodigy

10. Sasha

Best Breakthrough Act

* As shortlisted by Drowned-In-Sound

1. The Automatic

2. Dirty Pretty Things

3. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

4. Guillemots

5. Klaxons

6. The Kooks

7. Lily Allen

8. Metric

9. Wolfmother

10. The Young Knives

Best Pop Act

1. Belle & Sebastian

2. Girls Aloud

3. James Blunt

4. The Feeling

5. Kubb

6. Lily Allen

7. Orson

8. Sandi Thom

9. Scissor Sisters

10. Scritti Pollitti

Best Urban Act

1. Corinne Bailey Rae

2. Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley

3. Lady Sovereign

4. Jamie T

5. Kano

6. Killa Kela

7. Mark Ronson

8. Pharrell Williams

9. Plan B

10. The Streets

Best Feel-Good Act

1. A-Ha

2. Beck

3. Gogol Bordello

4. Goldie Lookin' Chain

5. Nizlopi

6. Norman Jay

7. Primal Scream

8. The Cuban Brothers

9. The Flaming Lips

10. The Proclaimers

Most Memorable Moment

1. Axl Rose storming off a slippery stage at Download and demanding it be carpeted, after falling over.

2. The Levellers closing Beautiful Days to cap the evening's Masked Ball Party.

3. Chris Martin leading the Isle Of Wight Festival crowd through his version of 'The Crouch' song and dance.

4. Franz Ferdinand inviting various band members on stage to help drum on 'The Outsiders' (Carling Weekends: Reading/Leeds and T in the Park)

5. Girls Aloud covering Kaiser Chiefs' 'I Predict A Riot' at V Festival

6. Panic! At The Disco continuing their Reading Festival set in defiance after singer got knocked out by a bottle thrown from the crowd.

7. Procol Harum performing the tear-jerk classic 'Whiter Shade Of Pale' at the Nokia Isle Of Wight Festival.

8. Radiohead finishing their V Festival headline set with the long hibernated 'Creep'.

9. Roger Waters performing 'Dark Side Of The Moon' in its entirety at Hyde Park Calling.

10. Scissor Sisters performing at Bestival dressed as clowns, despite a 'clown ban' for the fancy dress party.

Virtual Festivals Outstanding Contribution Award

To be announced at the UK Festival Awards ceremony

Music fans wishing to cast their all important vote can do so by going to from Monday 25th September. This year, voting will take place for a limited three-week period.

Now, there is even more incentive for festival goers to vote, as the UK Festival Awards are offering an exclusive 'Ultimate Festival Package' including two tickets to ALL of the festivals nominated AND free lager for a year courtesy of partners Carling. All those who vote will be entered into a prize draw to snap this up and make sure 2007 a year to remember!

For the prestigious 'Anthem of the Summer' category, a long list of 20 songs which have lit up festival stages across the UK will be whittled down to a short list before voting for this category begins. Music aficionados wishing to have their say should listen out to partners Virgin Radio for more information of how to get involved from Monday 2nd October.

Steve Jenner, Founder and Managing Director of Virtual festivals, curators of the UK festival Awards commented:

"We launched the UK Festival Awards in 2004, to heap some long-overdue acknowledgement and praise onto the stars of the UK's world-leading festival scene. Every year we'd been seeing all these people making legendary contributions to popular culture that were being largely overlooked by the existing music awards bodies. They should be celebrated for their hard work, and if no-one else was prepared to do it, then we were delighted to step up to the mark.

2006 is already being hailed by many as the greatest year for music festivals ever, so we thought we'd better do something really special with the awards. So we decided to up the stakes, bite the bullet, do the honourable thing and leave our online comfort zone to stage a proper live awards ceremony. We'll be rolling out the red carpet (or should it be a grass green one?) for the big, end of festival season bash!"

Adam Sampson, Chief Executive of Shelter continued:

"Shelter has had another successful summer of festivals signing up loads of supporters for our Million Children Campaign, which aims to raise awareness that more than one million children in Britain are suffering from squalid and cramped conditions - conditions many festival-goers groan about after only a weekend!

We're thrilled to be part of this year's UK Festival Awards, and to use Shelter's own Most Socially Responsible Festival Award to recognise those festival organisers who not only put on a great party but also used their events to bring about positive social change."

Tim Hull, Sponsorship Manager at Carling added:

"Carling's love of live music means we are proud to be involved with the UK Festival Awards."

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