They are joined by Oh My God! It’s The Church and Yonaka, with the winner announced at a ceremony later this month.
The inaugural Pioneer Award goes to Secret Garden Party’s founder and head gardener Freddie Fellowes. A founding AIF member, Fellowes’ event drew to a close this year after running for 13 years.
The Act of Independence Award will this year go to Greenbelt Festival for its work with Amal and their new muslim artistry venue and programme, as well as their focus on Palestinian festival programming to mark the key anniversaries in Israel-Palestine this year.
This year’s programming was a reflection of the festival's commitment to highlighting human rights issues in the Middle East conflict through artistry, ideas and activism.
Those in the running for other categories this year include the likes of Victorious Festival, Boomtown Fair’s Sector 6 area, Luminarium at Bluedot and Cineramageddon at Glastonbury.
Paul Reed, AIF general manager, said: ‘The Independent Festival Awards will celebrate the energy and creativity coursing through the independent festival sector.
‘We’re also extremely proud to this year acknowledge Freddie Fellowes as a truly inspirational pioneer who has contributed to the evolution of independent festivals on numerous levels with Secret Garden Party. We look forward to another memorable awards and party in Cardiff.’
Fellowes said: ‘It is fantastic to be chosen as the first pioneer. Thank you AIF. Secret Garden Party has been one massive adventure for all of us involved and it is on their behalf that I accept it.
‘It has been one hell of a roller-coaster ride that has shown me more love (and sometimes tears) than I ever thought possible. But every ride should know when to stop: it is a great privilege to be able to wrap up this project, letting it remain unspoilt in our memories and hopefully inspire other people to pioneer as well. The frontier always moves, so let’s keep it moving.’
The awards takes place on 30 October at DEPOT in Cardiff and forms part of AIF’s fourth annual Festival Congress.
For more info and tickets, see www.festivalcongress.com