UK Festival Awards unveil 2014 winners

Wolf Alice, Calvin Harris and the Libertines were among the winners at the UK Festival Awards 2014.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 2 Dec 2014
  • min read
Wolf Alice, Calvin Harris and the Libertines were among the winners at the UK Festival Awards 2014.

Taking place at London’s Roundhouse on 1 December, the awards were set up to celebrate the achievements of the festival circuit.

Reformed rockers the Libertines received the prize for headline performance of the year after their set at British Summer Time in Hyde Park.

Newcomers Wolf Alice received the gong for best breakthrough act while Calvin Harris picked up the award for biggest anthem of the season with his hit Summer.

Steve Jenner, Festival Awards director, said: ‘Another outstanding summer has made this year’s voting and judging a hugely exciting but also challenging task. Not that this put off the festival going public, we’ve seen a 25 percent rise in votes with over 720,000 cast this year.

‘So many events have put on an exceptional show and we’re thrilled to be able to praise many of them via the UK Festival Awards. Once more our ceremony has been a sell-out success and we’ve also sold more tickets than ever before for the festival conference.’

The full list of winners is below with the first half voted for by the public.

Best major festival in association with: PlugGo
Glastonbury Festival

Best medium-sized festival in association with: Eventbrite

Best small festival
The Zoo Project Festival

Best new festival in association with: ID&C
The Secret Festival

Best family festival in association with: Matthew Clark
Camp Bestival

Best metropolitan festival
Live at Leeds

Best dance event in association with: XL Video

The grass roots festival award

Best overseas festival in association with: Yourope
Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Best toilets
V Festival

Headline performance of the year in association with: SnoozeBox (curated by Gigwise)
The Libertines at British Summer Time, Hyde Park

Best breakthrough artist in association with: (curated by Drowned In Sound)
Wolf Alice

Anthem of the summer in association with: Clash Magazine
Calvin Harris - Summer

The following more specialist awards are decided by panels of industry experts:

Line-up of the year
Festival Number 6

Best use of new technology in association with: White Light
The Parklife Weekender – For their revolutionary portable substance-analysis system supplied by the Loop and working with Greater Manchester Police.

Agency of the year in association with: IQ Magazine
William Morris

Concession of the year
Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods

The greener festival award in association with: Bucks New University

The brand activation award in association with: The European Sponsorship Association

The extra-festival activity award in association with: Airbeem
Beat Herder

Promoter of the year in association with: Peppermint Bars
Rich Bryan (Bearded Theory)

The outstanding contribution to festivals award in association with: Intelligent Venue Solutions
Rob da Bank