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Independent Festival Awards 2018 winners announced

Black Deer Festival, Truck Festival and Henge were among the winners at last night's awards in Sheffield, hosted by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).

  • By Lucy Doyle
  • 7 Nov 2018
  • min read
Black Deer Festival, Truck Festival and Henge were among the winners at last night's (6 November) Independent Festival Awards 2018 in Sheffield.

Black Deer Festival was awarded New Festival on the Block, Truck took home Smart Marketing Campaign, while Manchester electro-prog band Henge were awarded Live Act of the Year.

Elsewhere, Southbank Centre’s Meltdown Festival was awarded Act of Independence for its actions in addressing mental health in the music industry. Following the death of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison, the festival decided not to replace the band’s show at the Robert Smith curated event, instead holding a panel on mental health awareness.

The Outstanding Contribution Award was given posthumously to Tramlines Festival Director Sarah Nulty, who tragically passed away earlier this year following a short illness.

The awards, hosted by the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), took place in Sheffield last night, presented by Glastonbury Festival’s Ben Challis.

AIF chief executive Paul Reed said: 'The Independent Festival Awards was an outstanding celebration and an emotional evening. Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees, who help reaffirm that the independent festival sector is in an incredibly strong place.

'I’m especially grateful to the Tramlines team and the family of Sarah Nulty for working with us to honour her incredible achievements and convey the admiration for Sarah that runs throughout the festival community.'

The awards were followed by a 10-year report published today by AIF which shows that independent festivals contributed an estimated £1bn to the UK economy between 2014 and 2017.

See below for the full list of Independent Festival Awards 2018 winners:

Outstanding Contribution
Sarah Nulty (Tramlines)

Act of Independence 
Southbank Centre's Meltdown Festival

New Festival on the Block
Black Deer Festival

Unique Festival Arena
The Data Mine at Shambala

Live Act of the Year 

Festival Caterer of the Year
The Peckish Peacock

Smart Marketing Campaign
Truck Festival