Having received a huge response to the announcement of the inaugural Access All Areas Conference & Awards, organisers of the 12 January event have unveiled the shortlisted nominees.

The awards event was created to celebrate individual achievement as well as that of teams at promoters and production companies. The shortlist includes major promoters such as DF Concerts and AEG Presents, independent festivals including Victorious (cap. 80,000), Black Deer (20,000), Standon Calling (17,000) and The Cambridge Club (15,000) alongside freelancers, production managers and ‘unsung heroes’.

The event, which will take place at London’s EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) in London, will kickstart 2023 by providing a forum for the industry to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the year ahead, while also recognising key industry success stories of 2022.

The morning conference will focus on three key topics; sustainability, working through the cost of living crisis, and how to redress the impact of the pandemic on recruitment. All sessions will be chaired by Access All Areas content director Christopher Barrett.

Said Barrett, “It has been another remarkable year for the live events industry with no shortage of challenges. The Access All Areas Conference & Awards is an excellent opportunity to take time out to reflect on the huge achievements of so many events professionals in our industry who worked tirelessly under huge pressure to pull off successful shows. Congratulations to all the well-deserved entries who made the cut.”

The Shortlist:

Event Promoter of The Year          

Revival Productions

Black Deer Festival

DF Concerts & Events

From The Fields


Standon Calling

Wild Paths Festival


Best Visitor Experience

Scream Factory – Imaginative Productions

Classic Ibiza ­– Revival Productions

Jurassic World Exhibition – FKP Scorpio Entertainment UK and The Luna Cinema

Isle of Wight Festival – Isle of Wight Festival

Christmas at Wollaton – Kilimanjaro Live

Leamington Art in the Park: A Journey – Leamington Art in the Park CIC

BST Hyde Park – AEG Presents

PoliNations (UNBOXED) – Trigger Collective

Westival – Westival Ltd

World Gymnastics Championships – Liverpool City Council


Legacy Award          

Victorious Festivals

Operation London Bridge ­– LS Events

Towersey Festival

Black Deer Festival – The SupaJam Stage

Brandfuel ­– Bravery in Ukraine

Sarah Belcher Events – Krazy Races


Rising Star Award   

Stefan Poelman – ZenFest

Malaika Thomas ­– AEG Presents

Caitlin Ford – Caitlin Ford Events

Kate Goodrum – Freelance & DICE FM

Natasha Mortimer – Imagineerium

Sian Bennett – Mustard Media

Anna Ryan – Phoenix Events


Best Launch Event/One to Watch  

Connect Festival – DF Concerts & Events

Camp Bestival Shropshire ­– Mustard Media + Camp Bestival Team

Otherlands Music & Arts – We Are The Fair

Nutkhut ­– Nutkhut

The Cambridge Club Festival ­– S&C Productions

Miss Nigeria UK – Miss Nigeria UK

The Rock Orchestra – Mega Events

Follow Me – Swan Events


Best Marketing/Ticketing Campaign        

Camp Bestival Shropshire – Mustard Media + Camp Bestival Team

Nozstock The Hidden Valley – Nozstock


Best Operations        

Sarah Pugh – Imagineerium

Arwyn Davis – Royal Parks

Tiffany Gaskell – Victorious Festival

Helen Gorton – Walk The Plank

Mel Archer – LS Events

Platinum Jubilee Traffic Management – Road Traffic Solutions


Best Production Manager   

Dave Hale – Kilimanjaro Live

Alex Mahoney – Swans Events

Simon Barrington – Symphotech

Ian Simpson – UK Events Group


Best Site Manager    

Neil Fluellen – Indigo at The O2

Sarah Hemsley-Cole – Kilimanjaro Live

Ian Rodgers – LS Events

Stephanie Hartog – RD Studios


Freelancer of The Year       

Ami Lord

Dan Searley

Kate Goodrum

JH Events

Jillian Aram

Sina Whelan

Nicole Wallace-White

Cat Kevern


 Best Brand Activation         

Black Deer Festival – Arkansas Porch Sessions

Intel: Dr Lupo In The Escape – Groovy Gecko

Lifeplus Wellbeing for Life Festival

Love Victoria – Valentine’s Day Placemaking and Brand Activation

Visual Architects – Vice Liverpool


Best Engagement Zone        

Groovy Gecko – The Boys: Get The V Experience

Black Deer Festival – Live Fire

Montreux Jazz Festival 2022 – The Lake House ­­


Diversity And Inclusion

Continental Drifts

Diwali in Luton


Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces and Motionhouse – Wondrous Stories

S&C Productions

Trigger Collective ­­­­– PoliNations (UNBOXED)

Victorious Festivals Ltd

Walk the Plank – Green Space Dark Skies (UNBOXED)

Liverpool City Council – World Gymnastics Championships 2022 Liverpool City Council


Employer of The Year         

Far and Beyond Events Ltd

Festivall Services Ltd

Greenline Medical Services UK Ltd

Newman Event Services

LS Events


Save of The Season  

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

FTS Event Power

Newman Event Services

UK Events Group



Unsung Hero

Cameron Murray – CMPM

Jessica Wainwright – Festivall Services

Simmy Gupta – Nutkhut

Lee Wilkinson – Road Traffic Solutions

Niki Duignan – Royal Parks

Jan Rankou – We Are the Fair

Tickets are available to purchase here.