The highly coveted 'Best Major Festival' award went to Rob Da Bank's independent Isle of Wight event Bestival, despite it being one of the youngest contenders at the awards. The win means that Bestival has won awards at almost every stage of its development since scooping ‘Best Medium Festival’ in 2005.
The new Festival No.6, which launched this year at the unique location of Portmeirion in Wales, also proved a hugely popular choice among voters and judges. The event scooped the title of ‘Best New Festival', while its headliners New Order collected the prize for ‘Headline Performance Of The Year’ and the festival’s mastermind Gareth Cooper scooped ‘Promoter Of The Year’.
‘Best Breakthrough Act’ went to 18-year-old rising singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, who beat off fierce competition from a shortlist including Mercury prizewinners, Alt-J. Django Django’s ‘Default’ was named ‘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.
Full list of 2012 Festival Awards winners:
Best Major Festival: Bestival
Best Medium-Sized Festival sponsored by Eventbrite: Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Best Small Festival sponsored by Jeremiah Weed: Y Not Festival
Best New Festival sponsored by Access All Areas: Festival No.6
Best Dance Event sponsored by Peppermint Bars: GlobalGathering
Best Metropolitan Festival: Camden Crawl
Best Line-Up: Download
Best Family Festival: Latitude
The Grass Roots Festival Award: Green Man
Best Toilets sponsored by XL Video: Lodestar
Best Overseas Festival: Benicassim (Spain)
Agency Of The Year sponsored by IQ: William Morris
Promoter Of The Year sponsored by Robertson Taylor: Gareth Cooper (Festival No. 6, Beach Break, Lollibop)
Headline Performance Of The Year: New Order at Festival No. 6
Best Breakthrough Act sponsored by Jagermeister: 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 sponsored by CGA: Southern Comfort Juke Joint