The thirteenth annual UK Festival Awards will be handed out later today (Monday) and the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival are among the events hoping to scoop accolades.
The Isle of Wight Festival, which brought Queen and Adam Lambert to Seaclose Park in June, is hoping to lift the award for Best Major Festival. It will need to beat off stiff competition from Download, Glastonbury and Portsmouth’s Victorious Festival, among others.
Solo, run by the Island’s John Giddings (and the powerhouse behind the Isle of Wight Festival) is nominated in the Best Agency category.
Bestival is nominated as Best Medium Sized Festival, for its Robin Hill event in September. Craig David and The Cure were among the acts on stage this year. Its World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle attraction is hoping to be honoured with the Extra Festival Activity Award.
Bestival’s sister events are also in the running for awards. Camp Bestival in Dorset is nominated in the Best Family Festival category and Bestival Toronto is up for Best Overseas Festival.
The mysterious British Airways stand at the Isle of Wight Festival, where guests were checked into a “VIP departure lounge” by air stewards, is hoping to be given the Brand Activation Award, alongside the Bulmers Colourena stand (at both the Isle of Wight Festival & Bestival) where festival goers were given the chance to throw coloured powder at each other while dancing.
And Bestival is in the running for Best Toilets.