The UK Festival Awards reveals 2019 winners

The UK Festival Awards revealed its winners for 2019 on December 5th, during the 16th annual ceremony at the Troxy in London. The winners are...
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The UK Festival Awards revealed its winners for 2019 on December 5th, during the 16th annual ceremony at the Troxy in London. Hosted by rapper, comedian and actor, Doc Brown, the industry celebration presented accolades across 21 categories to various festivals, organisations and individuals in the UK’s live events sector.

Those crowned include Download Festival (Best Major Festival), FOCUS Wales (Best Festival for Emerging Talent), Happy Maki (Concession of the Year), Green Gathering (The UK Greener Festival Award), and Parklife (Line-Up of the Year). CGA, which owns UK Festival Awards, handed the Brand Activation Award this year to United Utilities at Bluedot & Kendal Calling. The most prolific winner of the night was the inaugural Cleethorpes Festival of the Sky, which won both Best Non-Music Festival and Best New Festival.

Jenny Hamada from AEG Presents took home the newly launched Women In Festivals Award, and this year’s Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award was granted to Fiona Measham for creating The Loop, the first organisation to offer drug safety testing services in the UK.

The UKFA’s Awards Manager, Michael Baker, said: “We’d like to extend our congratulations to all of those who won and were shortlisted, as well as a big thank you to all who participated in this year’s Awards. With over 450 applications and 55,000 votes, it was an incredibly competitive edition with levels of engagement that speak to a scene that’s more vibrant and beloved than ever.”

Check out the full list of winners below.

The Innovation Award
Presented by: Light Design

WINNER: Hubbub Wireless at 2000trees

Marketing Campaign of the Year


Concession of the Year

WINNER: Happy Maki

Best Festival Production
Presented by: Heineken

WINNER: All Points East

The Brand Activation Award
Presented by: CGA

WINNER: United Utilities at Bluedot & Kendal Calling

Agency of the Year

WINNER: Midnight Mango

Best Overseas Festival

WINNER: Sziget Festival

Best Non-Music Festival

WINNER: Cleethorpes Festival of the Sky

Best Metropolitan Festival
Presented by: Transition Video

WINNER: Tramlines Festival

The Grassroots Festival Award
Presented by: RSH Audio

WINNER: Mad Hatters’ Affair

The UK Greener Festival Award
Presented by: A Greener Festival

WINNER: Green Gathering

Best Festival For Emerging Talent
Presented by: CPL Online


Best Family Festival

WINNER: Camp Bestival

Best New Festival
WINNER: Cleethorpes Festival of the Sky

Line-Up of the Year
Presented by: Tuned In Travel

WINNER: Parklife

Promoter of the Year
Presented by: Imaginators

WINNER: Black Deer Festival

The Women in Festivals Award
Presented by: Ticketmaster

WINNER: Jenny Hamada (AEG Presents)

Best Small Festival

WINNER: Woo Fest

Best Medium-Sized Festival
Presented by: Event-Trees 

WINNER: Bluedot Festival

Best Major Festival
Presented by: Diageo

WINNER: Download Festival

The Outstanding to Contribution to Festivals Award

WINNER: Fiona Measham

UK Festival Awards is grateful to our sponsors of this year’s event: 


About UK Festival Awards

Since its inception in 2004, the UK Festival Awards has been dedicated to recognising and celebrating the collective accomplishments of the nation’s most beloved industry. Across its 21 categories, the Awards acknowledges the achievements of organisers and suppliers in the fields of programming, production, innovation, emerging talent, marketing, hospitality, catering and more.

In 2017, food and drink business consultancy CGA acquired the UK Festival Awards. From its offices in Manchester, United Kingdom, and Chicago, United States, CGA experts work with many of the world’s biggest consumer brands, including drinks manufacturers, consumer brand owners, food suppliers and wholesalers as well as pub, bar and restaurant retailers, festivals and government entities.

Imagery and additional content can be found in the UKFA 2019 Media Pack.

More information on how Awards are judged and decided upon can be found here.

Last year’s winners can be found here.

Press contact: Michael Baker

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