Glastonbury wins ‘Best Festival’ At NME Awards with Austin, Texas

The Worthy Farm event scooped the top honour

Glastonbury has won the award for Best Festival at NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas.

Festival organiser Emily Eavis was presented with the award by Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio, who walked on to the stage to the sound of 2015 Glastonbury headliner Kanye West’s ‘I Am A God’.

Michael Eavis was joined by Emily Eavis on the stage to accept the prize. Wearing shorts despite the freezing February weather, Michael Eavis said: “I probably shouldn’t be here. Thank you so much.”

Host Huw Stephens clapped the pair off stage and added: “We saw Michael Eavis in Nando’s earlier. It was the best thing ever!”

Foals opened the ceremony tonight at London’s O2 Academy Brixton with a live performance of ‘What Went Down’ from their 2015 album of the same name, which is also nominated for Best Album tonight.

Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards to get all the latest news, videos, photos and gossip from the ceremony, which will also see Coldplay receive the Godlike Genius Award and close the ceremony with a live performance. They join Blondie, The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr in acepting the award.

Voting for the NME Awards with Austin, Texas is now closed. Following thousands of votes from NME readers, The Libertines and Wolf Alice have six nominations in total, including nods in the categories of ‘Best British Band, ‘Best Live Band’ and ‘Best Track’.

A host of stars and musicians have already hit the red carpet, including Blur, Kylie Minogue, Yoko Ono, Charli XCX, Wolf Alice, Foals, Slaves, The Vaccines and The Libertines all in the building.

They join Katy B, Bring Me The Horizon, Ricky Wilson, The Maccabees and cast members from Game Of Thrones and This Is England who are also in attendance.

In addition to Coldplay and Foals, Bring Me The Horizon will perform live, as will The Maccabees and Rat Boy. Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens returns to host the show for the third year in a row.