Here are the winners of the VO5 NME Festival Awards 2018

What was your summer highlight?

The winners of the first ever VO5 NME Festival Awards have been revealed. Check them out below.

Celebrating the best events, talent and atmosphere from festivals across the world this summer, the nominees and winners have been shared on NME’s Instragram Page throughout the week.

“Festival season is over for another year and boy, was it a corker,” said NME Editor Charlotte Gunn. “Team NME travelled far and wide to rank and review the best of this year’s fezzies.


“From partying in forests, fortresses and of course, plenty of fields, we’ve pulled together our favourite moments in this: our inaugural Festival Awards.”

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Best new festival act

Pale Waves
Rex Orange Country


 Best Team Up

Beyonce + Destiny’s Child at Coachella
Drake + Giggs at Wireless
Mike Shinoda and Sum 41 at Reading & Leeds
Liam and the Killers at Latitude
Brockhampton and NERD at Reading & Leeds


WINNER: Drake + Giggs at Wireless

 Future Headliners

Dua Lipa
Wolf Alice
Post Malone

WINNER: Slaves

Festival Anthem

Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete the Kisses
Arctic Monkeys – Four Stars Out of Five
Dua Lipa – New Rules
Post Malone – Better Now
Brockhampton – Boogie

WINNER: Brockhampton – Boogie

Best Line-Up

Mad Cool, Madrid
All Points East, London
Primavera, Barcelona
Reading & Leeds, Reading & Leeds
Parklife, Manchester

WINNER: Mad Cool, Madrid

Best atmosphere

Sziget, Budapest
End of the Road, Dorset
Oya, Oslo
Download, Castle Donington
Lowlands, Netherlands

WINNER: Sziget, Budapest

Best Cover

The Twilight Sad doing Frightened Rabbit’s ‘Keep Yourself Warm’, British Summertime, London
Ezra Furman doing Smashing Pumpkins ‘Tonight Tonight’ at EOTR
The Killers doing Oasis’s ‘Acquiesce’ at Latitude
Panic At The Disco doing Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at Reading & Leeds
Japanese Breakfast doing The Cranberries’s ‘Dreams’ at The Great Escape

WINNER: The Killers doing Oasis’s ‘Acquiesce’ at Latitude

Best DJ/electronic set

Peggy Gou
Black Madonna
Daniel Avery
Salvatore Ganacci
Annie Mac

WINNER: Daniel Avery

Magic Moment

Yeah Yeah Yeahs induce mass crying playing ‘Maps’ at All Points East, London
Childish Gambino wows at Loveboxx, London
Farris from The Horrors has to run on stage at Citadel, London after turning up to the wrong festival site
Couple getting engaged during Wolf Alice at Reading & Leeds
Drake steps in for DJ Khaled at Wireless, London

WINNER: Wolf Alice

Ultimate Headliners

Arctic Monkeys
LCD Soundsystem
Liam Gallagher
Dua Lipa

WINNER: Arctic Monkeys

Most Stunning Site

Boardmasters, Cornwall
Festival Number 6, Portmeirion
Sziget, Budapest
End Of The Road, Dorset
Clockenflap, Hong Kong

WINNER: Boardmasters, Cornwa

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