Bestival, New Order, Festival No. 6 win big at the UK Festival Awards 2012

New Order

Download, Jake Bugg and Django Django also take home trophies awarded by both judges and half a million public votes.


Bestival has been crowned with the ‘Best Major Festival’ gong at the 9th annual UK Festival Awards, which took place at London’s Roundhouse tonight. The win means that Bestival, which was founded by BBC Radio 1 DJ - Rob Da Bank, has won awards at almost every stage of its development since scooping ‘Best Medium Festival’ in 2005.


Festival No. 6, the event that launched this year at the unique location of Portmeirion in Wales, has also proved a hugely popular choice among voters and judges, scoring the title of ‘Best New Festival’. Festival No. 6 triumphed further when Manchester music legends New Order, present at this evening’s award ceremony, collected the prize for ‘Headline Performance Of The Year’ and the festival’s mastermind Gareth Cooper scooped ‘Promoter Of The Year’.


18-year-old rising singer-songwriter Jake Bugg beat off fierce competition from a shortlist including Mercury prizewinners, Alt-J, to the title of ‘Best Breakthrough Act.


Voters, of which there were a record half a million this year, chose Django Django’s incredibly catchy track ‘Default’ as the ‘Anthem Of The Summer’, while the coveted ‘Best Line-Up’ category, one of the few categories not vote for by the public, saw rock music once again coming out on top with Download Festival emerging victorious after much deliberation from the judging panel.


Ever a pressing concern at festivals, ticket buyers considering where to pitch up their tents in summer 2013 may do well to note Cambridge’s Lodestar festival that was bestowed the honour of ‘Best Toilets’.

It's very pleasing to see so many first time winners breaking through this year and it's indicative of the dynamic movements in the market at this time. Steve Jenner, Awards Co-founder

2012 Awards winners in full:
Best Major Festival Bestival
Best Medium-Sized Festival Bloodstock
Best Small Festival Y Not Festival
Best New Festival Festival No.6
Best Dance Event GlobalGathering
Best Metropolitan Festival Camden Crawl
Best Line-Up Download
Best Family Festival Latitude
The Grass Roots Festival Award Green Man
Best Toilets Lodestar
Best Overseas Festival Benicassim (Spain)
Agency Of The Year William Morris
Promoter Of The Year Gareth Cooper (Festival No. 6, Beach Break, Lollibop)
Headline Performance Of The Year New Order at Festival No. 6
Best Breakthrough Act Jake Bugg
Anthem Of The Summer Django Django - 'Default'
The Extra-Festival Activity Award Live From Jodrell Bank
Concession Of The Year Paelleria
Lifetime  Achievement Award John Probyn
The Greener Festival Award Croissant Neuf Summer Party
Best Brand Activation Southern Comfort Juke Joint