Former Association of Independent Festivals CEO Paul Reed and ongoing Association of Festival Organisers general secretary Steve Heap (pictured) both collected Outstanding Contribution trophies at the UK Festival Awards last night, 6 December.

The two were commended for their work representing the festival industry during the pandemic. Among the other big winners of the night was Manchester Pride, which was declared Best Large Festival. Boomtown won Best Festival Production, Black Deer was awarded Promoter of the Year, 2000 Trees collected the Best Medium Festival trophy and The Great Escape was declared Best Festival for Emerging Talent.

The event, held at Manchester’s Escape to Freight Island, also saw the inclusion of the Positively Perfect Pivot Award, which acknowledged the festival business that applied its skills to alternative activities during the Covid-19 pandemic. It was won by Back 2 Festival.

Beat the Streets, the charity festival set up in response to the growing number of rough sleepers, won the Sarah Nulty Community Impact Award.  Since launching in 2018, Beat the Streets has donated £320,000 to Framework, a charity working to support rough sleepers.

DHP Family MD George Akins said, “I’m really proud of what we have accomplished so far but going into this winter what Beat The Streets provides is needed more than ever and we hope to build on this success to enable us to help Framework support rough sleepers for as long as we can.”

The winners:

Exit Festival/NFT-TiX – The Innovation Award

Parklife – Marketing Campaign of the Year

Back 2 Festival – The Positively Perfect Pivot Award

Beat the Streets – The Sarah Nulty Community Impact Award

Mighty Hoopla/Vodafone – The Brand Activation Award

Altitude Comedy Festival – Best Overseas Festival

Mighty Dub Fest – Best Non-Music Festival

Sound City –Best Metropolitan Festival

3 Wishes Fairy Festival – The Grassroots Festival Award

Green Gathering – The UK Greener Festival Award

The Great Escape – Best Festival for Emerging Talent

Teddy Rocks – Best Family Festival

RADAR Festival – Best New Festival

Bluedot – Line-Up of the Year