Public voting for the UK Festival Awards opens

Festival goers will be able to vote on everything from Best Toilets to Headline Performance of the Year

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Public voting for the 10th annual UK Festival Awards is set to open soon.

Festival goers will be able to have their say on what they rated most this festival season by visiting festivalawards.com/vote. The winners will be announced on December 2 at a ceremony held at London’s Roundhouse venue. Fans will be able to vote in the following categories: Best Major, Medium (in association with Eventbrite) and Small Festival (in association with IVS), Best Metropolitan Festival, Best New Festival, Best Toilets, Best Family Festival, Best New Festival (in association with Robertson Taylor), Best Overseas Festival, Headline Performance of the Year (in association with Relentless), Best Breakthrough Artist and Anthem of the Summer (in association with Jagermeister).

Meanwhile, a number of awards will be decided upon by expert panels, including Agency of the Year, Best Line-Up, Concession of the Year, The Greener Festival Award, Best Brand Activation, The Extra-Festival Activity Award, Promoter of the Year, Outstanding Contribution to Festival Production, Best Use of New Technology and The Lifetime Achievement Award.

Speaking about the awards, UK Festival Awards Managing Director, James Drury stated: "It seems hard to believe that it was 10 years ago that the Festival Awards first launched. Festivals have changed incredibly in that decade and it's been a privilege to have developed with such a fascinating, challenging and exceptionally creative industry. This year we're looking at events and acts of massively different ages all competing at a top level, likewise we continue to see a huge mix of musical styles bring real diversity to the season. We're very much looking forward to celebrating the festival-going public's favourites."

Last year Bestival was named Best Major Festival. The ninth annual ceremony took place at London's Roundhouse and also saw newcomer Festival No 6 win the award for Best New Festival and New Order score the gong for Headline Performance of the Year thanks to their turn at the event in Portmeirion, Wales. Jake Bugg was named Best Breakthrough Act and Django Django's song 'Default' received the prize for Anthem of the Summer.

Download Festival – which in 2012 saw sets from Black Sabbath, Biffy Clyro and Metallica - triumphed in the Best Line-Up category, whilst Latitude was named Best Family Festival and Camden Crawl scooped the gong for Best Metropolitan Festival. Elsewhere, Bloodstock Open Air Festival was named Best Medium Festival, Best Small Festival was the Y Not Festival and Best Overseas Festival was Benicàssim in Spain.

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