Ticketmaster is proud to be Official Ticketing Partner for the UK Festival Awards 2022 which will be held on 6 December at Manchester’s Freight Island.
The UK Festival Awards are the only fully festival focussed awards that give fans the opportunity to vote for their favourite events. This year the public have the say in more award categories than ever ranging from grassroots to large festivals, and categories for family and non-music festivals.
The remaining awards will be decided by expert panels and cover categories including Outstanding Contribution, Best Festival Production and, for one year only, the Perfect Pivot Award for the festival business that applied its skills to alternative activity during the Covid closure.
Andrew Parsons, Managing Director, Ticketmaster UK said: “We’re proud to partner with the UK Festival Awards for the fifth year running. Festivals are a cornerstone of UK culture and it’s so important we recognise the hardworking people behind the scenes who make them happen. Manchester is the perfect host city – home to so many artists, venues and teams central to the festival ecosystem.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “Everyone in Greater Manchester knows the massive global impact this place has had on music and culture, so it’s fitting to see the UK Festival Awards coming to the true home of 24-hour party people.
“After what’s been an exceptionally tough time for festivals and the hospitality industry, it’s really important that we get behind the sector and recognise the many people – from organisers, to caterers, to volunteers – who deliver everything from boutique independent events to some of the biggest shows on earth. We can’t wait to welcome all of this year’s nominees to Manchester and celebrate their achievements with them.”
Sacha Lord, Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester said: “The UK Festival Awards is an annual highlight for the industry. Now in its 19th year, I’m absolutely delighted that they have chosen Manchester as this year’s host. A city that’s known for its rich tapestry of festivals, the acknowledgement is testament to everyone behind the scenes that make them happen. I look forward to attending, celebrating and throwing my full support behind it. Manchester is truly open”
Commenting on the move to Manchester, Festival Insight CEO, Andy Lenthall said: “Manchester’s rich cultural heritage, its vibrant festival scene and great selection of cool venues make it an ideal choice for our first move out of the capital.”
The ticketing for this year’s event will be powered by Ticketmaster’s Universe platform. Universe has provided ticketing for various industry awards such as the Heavy Music Awards, and has become a key ticketing platform for gigs, festivals, exhibitions, attractions, and self-service ticketing.
At Ticketmaster we look forward to spending the evening with festival organisers and suppliers from across the UK to reflect on the busy 2022 festival season whilst looking forward to the next.