The 16th edition of the UK Festival Awards will take place ‪on 5 December at Troxy in London, and this year Ticketmaster are delighted to be headline sponsor for the event.

Fans have been busy voting for seven of the award categories including Best Major Festival and Best New Festival. Meanwhile 20 of the industries most respected individuals including Ticketmaster’s VP of Music & Festivals Sarah Slater joined the judging panel to pre-score for the more specialised categories.

Read all the shortlists here

This year Ticketmaster will sponsor The Women in Festivals Award 2019, a brand-new award launched in part to honour the profound legacy of late Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nulty. The award will celebrate the accomplishments of women across all fact and facets of the live events industry during the past year.

The Women in Festival Awards Shortlist:

  • Christine Dent (Kambe Events)
  • Georgie Thorogood (Dixie Fields Festival)
  • Gill Tee & Deborah Shilling (Black Deer Festival)
  • Jenny Hamada (AEG Presents)
  • Josie Da Bank (Camp Bestival)
  • Rachel Lowson (Leopallooza / The Wyldes Group)

Ticketmaster’s VP Music & Festivals Sarah Slater said: ‘It’s a privilege to be part of the UK Festival Awards voting panel. It’s a very important time to note and celebrate the areas of growth in the festival landscape, from diversity to sustainability and new talent, and the brand new Women In Festivals Award is testament to that.’

Michael Baker, Awards Manager for the UK Festival Awards, commented: “With over 450 submissions made and 55,000 votes cast, this has been an especially competitive year that stands as a testament to the incredible efforts of the UK festival industry in 2019. Thank you to all of those who participated, and congratulations to our finalists – we look forward to celebrating all of your achievements with you at the UK Festival Awards on December 5.”

We hope to see you at the UK Festival Awards ‪on 5 December, but until then head over to our Festival page to see news and info on our Festival community at Ticketmaster UK, and keep an eye on the latest news and developments on TM Twitter, UKFA Twitter and LinkedIn.


UK Festival Awards 2019: Categories

Awards decided by a combination of online fan votes and panel:

  • Best Major Festival
  • Best Medium-Sized Festival
  • Best Small Festival
  • Best Metropolitan Festival
  • Best New Festival
  • Best Overseas Festival
  • The Grassroots Festival Award
  • The Greener Festival Award

The Greener Festival Award is judged based upon detailed site assessments and analysis from A Greener Festival. 

Awards decided by a festival industry panel:

  • Agency of the Year
  • The Innovation Award
  • Best Festival Production
  • Best Family Festival
  • Concession of the Year
  • The Brand Activation Award
  • Promoter of the Year
  • Best Festival for Emerging Talent
  • The Women in Festivals Award
  • Line-Up of the Year
  • Best Non-Music Festival
  • Marketing Campaign of the Year