Bestival Scoops Best Major Festival Award.

Uk festival awards

The UK festival awards took place last Thursday, and saw Rob Da Banks Bestival brand scoop 2 awards, including best major festival for Bestival itself, and Best Family Festival for Camp Bestival.

A buzzing Rob da Bank said  the following day, “Wow, what a shock. Team Bestival are very hungover today but pretty flipping jubilant at winning the Best Major Festival. After winning Best Medium four years out of five we thought our luck may have run out as we moved into the Major league but no! It’s a testament to all our beautiful Bestivalites who voted for us that we beat some mega competition. Thanks to all who voted and see you in a field next year!” 

Jubilant co-promoter Ziggy Gilsenan added: “I just want to say a special thanks to our super team at Bestival HQ for their continuous hard work and to everyone who has ever supported us, Channel 4, Radio 1, Ticketline, the Isle of Wight and all our partners. Bestival started as a family effort and continues to be a family business and who’d of thought when Robby, Josie, John and myself came up with the crazy idea of doing a special shindig in a field for like-minded folk it would turn out to be the Best Major Festival! With Camp B’s triumph too for Best Family Festival, it couldn’t have been a better night! Thanks for the votes, the fans make this show what it is, and in turn we’ll continue to strive to give them what they deserve, the greatest show on earth! Roll on 2011.”

From humble beginnings in 2004 the first Bestival saw 5,000 people having the time of their lives at Robin Hill Country Park and for the following six years they have tried their very hardest to keep putting on the best party in the world, growing with their audience. 2010 saw them make the jump to the major league with 50,000 people making their way to the Isle of Wight for the festival with performances from Dizzee Rascal, Hot Chip, Roxy Music, The Flaming Lips, Rolf Harris, Mumford & Sons and a jaw-dropping closing performance from The Prodigy

On top of that their little sister-Camp Bestival, the family orientated shindig, complete with music, art and plenty of frolics, all set in the picturesque surrounds of Lulworth Castle in Dorset won the Family Festival Award for the second year running. 

The other winners include:

• Best Toilets – T In The Park
• Best Metropolitan Festival – Gaymers Camden Crawl
• Best Breakthrough Artist in association with Rizla – Mumford & Sons
• Best Dance Event in association with Peppermint Bars – Creamfields
• Feel Good Act of the Summer in association with Be-at TV – Paolo Nutini
• Best New Festival in association with Access All Areas – Vintage At Goodwood
• Headline Performance of the Year in association with Jagermeister – AC/DC at Download Festival
• Virtual Festivals’ Critics Choice – Biffy Clyro at Glastonbury
• Overseas Festival – Snowbombing
• Anthem of the Summer in association with HMV – Florence & The Machine ‘You’ve Got The Love’
• Line-Up of the Year* in association with XL Video – Rockness
• Promoter of the Year in association with IQ* – Glastonbury
• Best Small Festival in association with Doodson Entertainment – Kendal Calling
• Best Medium Festival in association with Smirnoff Flavours – Green Man
• Best Major Festival in association with Tuborg – Bestival
• Lifetime Achievement in association with Music Week – Geoff Ellis, DF Concerts

Next years Camp Bestival takes place from July 29th – 31st and Bestival will be rocking it from September 8th – 11th.



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