The inaugural Access All Areas Conference & Awards saw live event professionals from across the industry recognised for their outstanding achievement in 2022.

Among the winners at the event at EartH in London yesterday, 12 January, were From The Fields, which was declared event promoter of the year, and FKP Scorpio Entertainment collected best visitor experience for Jurassic World Exhibition.

S&C Productions picked up the best launch event award for The Cambridge Club Festival, while Mustard Media and the Camp Bestival team were recognised for best marketing campaign for their work on Camp Bestival Shropshire, and Far and Beyond Events was declared Employer of The Year.

The Legacy award, which celebrates an event that has had a long-term positive impact on the local community, was won by Towersey Festival.

Among the many individuals recognised during the ceremony were Kilimanjaro Live head of production Dave Hale who won best production manager, LS Events senior site manager Iain Rogers collected the best site manager award, and Caitlin Ford was declared the rising star.

Access All Areas content director Christopher Barrett said, “During testing times last year there was no shortage of excellence, endurance and creative endeavour demonstrated across the industry. The Access All Areas Awards was created to recognise the sterling work of promoters, production companies, venue operators and freelancers across the industry, not just in live music but across sports and cultural events. There was a focus on recognising newcomers, and excellence across key areas such as social impact, sustainability, and diversity.

“Congratulations to all the well-deserved winners, and many thanks to our event partners and sponsors including Arena Group, Tysers Insurance Brokers, SA Event Management Solutions Worldwide and Catalytic Solutions.”

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The Winners:

Event Promoter of The Year          

From The Fields

Highly commended: Black Deer Festival

Best Visitor Experience

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

Highly Commended: World Gymnastics Championships – Liverpool City Council

Legacy Award          

Towersey Festival

Highly commended: Victorious Festival

 Rising Star Award   

Caitlin Ford – Caitlin Ford Events

Best Launch Event/One to Watch

The Cambridge Club Festival ­– S&C Productions

Highly Commended: Mega Events – The Rock Orchestra

Best Marketing/Ticketing Campaign        

Camp Bestival Shropshire – Mustard Media + Camp Bestival Team

Best Operations        

Helen Gorton – Walk The Plank

Best Production Manager   

Dave Hale – Kilimanjaro Live

Highly Commended: Alex Mahoney – Swan Events

Best Site Manager    

Iain Rogers – LS Events

Highly Commended: Sarah Helmsley-Cole – Kilimanjaro Live

Freelancer of The Year       

Jess Hebden – JH Events

Best Brand Activation         

Visual Architects – Vice Liverpool

Best Engagement Zone        

Groovy Gecko – The Boys: Get The V Experience

Diversity And Inclusion

Outdoor Places Unusual Spaces and Motionhouse – Wondrous Stories

Employer of The Year         

Far and Beyond Events Ltd

Highly Commended: Newman Event Services

Save of The Season  

UK Events Group

Unsung Hero

Niki Duignan – Royal Parks

Highly commended: Jan Rankou – We Are the Fair