UK Festival Awards: Announces Freight Island as Location

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The UK Festival Awards is Back

This Sumer sees Festival Insights’s, UK Festival Awards celebrate its 17th anniversary with a brand new venue location. Now located at Freight Island, Manchester, (a venue brimmed with luxurious and tropical decor), attendees are in for a treat this winter as they celebrate in style.

Commencing Tuesday 6 December, the UK Festival Awards have announced reoccurring categories Best Major Festival, and Outstanding Contribution to the bill, amongst a one-time category Perfect Pivot Award. The Perfect Pivot Award is a special category dedicated to festival organisers who managed to provide an effective and alternative festival experience during the turbulence of the Covid closure.

UK Festival Awards Venue

Usually held at Troxy, London, this year fans are in for a change, speaking of, is the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham: “Everyone in Greater Manchester knows the massive global impact this place has had on music and culture, so it’s fitting to see the UK Festival Awards coming to the true home of 24-hour party people.”

Taking place this December, the awards ceremony seeks to bring together organisers, artists, critics and fans to celebrate the year off with a bang. Reflecting on the past season of festival shenanigans, whilst touching upon the last 3 years, it’s with this opportunity can the industry can give thanks to some of its most inspirational festival pioneers. With Covid-19 having a detrimental effect on the music industry in 2020, the future of live music, (especially at the grand scale of a music festival), was under serious threat. No one had the right answers, just questions. Now, 3 years down the line, it’s 2022 and the music industry has seemingly been able to bounce back brilliantly this year, as it saw major-scale festival sites Glastonbury, Boardmasters and Download Festival return after an uncertain hiatus.

UK Festival Awards Venue
© Freight Island

The event is also working in association with Ticketmaster. Managing director of Ticketmaster UK, Andrew Parsons, recently vocalised his enthusiasm for the collaboration, “We’re proud to partner with the UK Festival Awards for the fifth year running,” he says. “Festivals are a cornerstone of UK culture and it’s so important we recognise the hardworking people behind the scenes who make them happen. Manchester is the perfect host city – home to so many artists, venues and teams central to the festival ecosystem.”

Tickets for the UK Festival Awards are available now via Ticketmaster. Purchase here