Isle of Wight Festival scooped the most awards at last night’s UK Festival Awards. The annual event held in London saw the Southern festival win Headline Performance of the Year for their worldwide exclusive booking of Fleetwood Mac and Best Family Festival.

The event organiser John Giddings took to social media to thank those who contributed to the festival’s win: “Thank you to everyone who contributed to Isle of Wight Festival 2015 and helped us win those awards.”

Another big winner was Bestival (also held on the Isle of Wight) which lived up to its name earning this year’s accolade for Best Major Festival. Best Medium Sized Festival and Best Small Festival were awarded to Y Not? Festival and Festival No.6 respectively.

The award ceremony, which is voted for by the general festival-attending public, also gave out prizes to Latitude Festival for Best Line-Up, Wild Life Festival for Best New Festival and Kendall Calling for Best Toilets.

The full list of winners can be seen below:

Best Use of New Technology – Glastonbury Festival for Arcadia Spectacular

The Extra-Festival Activity Award – The Big Feastival For The Wheat Project

Concession of the Year – The Breakfast Club

Best Hospitality – Wildnerness Festival

Best Toilets – Kendall Calling

The Brand Activation Award – Virgin Trains

Agency of the Year – CAA

Promoter of the Year – Lost Ventures

Anthem of the Summer – Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk

Headline Performance of the Year – Fleetwood Mac at Isle of Wight Festival

Line-Up of the Year – Latitude Festival

Best New Festival – Wild Life Festival

Best Festival for Emerging Talent – Liverpool International Music Festival

The Grass Roots Festival Award – Beautiful Days

Best Overseas Festival – Annie Mac Presents: Lost And Found

Best Metropolitan Festival – Liverpool Sound City

Best Dance Event – Creamfields

Best Family Festival – Isle of Wight Festival

Best Non-Music Festival – Eroica Britannia

Best Small Festival – Festival No. 6

Best Medium-Sized Festival – Y Not? Festival

Best Major Festival – Bestival

The Outstanding Contribution to Festivals Award – Peter Gabriel

Words by Shannon Cotton 



Bloc Party have been announced to headline the NME Awards Tour that kicks off on the 29th January in Cardiff. The band are releasing their new album, ‘Hymns’ just ahead of the tour.

Alternative rock band Drenge have also been revealed as one of the support acts, the boys are really starting to make a name for themselves since exploding into the mainstream music scene in 2013 with their single ‘Bloodsports’.

Joining Bloc Party and Drenge on the famous tour is up-and-coming Essex lad, Rat Boy who seems to be all over the London music scene at the moment with his indie, hip-hop rock influenced music. And finally completing the bill with some Manchester grime, MC Bugzy Malone who has already been featured on BBC Radio 1Xtra’s live lounge.

The diverse lineup has sparked a lot of excitement with fans by showcasing some of the newest game changing artists which wont be underground for long.

Tickets are available nowhttp://nme.seetickets.com/tour/nme-awards-tour-2016/?pre=nmepre&src=nmepre

Tour Dates 

29 Jan 2016 – Cardiff Great Hall

30 Jan 2016 – Southampton O2 Guildhall

01 Feb 2016 – Bristol O2 Academy

02 Feb 2016 – Nottingham Rock City

04 Feb 2016 – Newcastle O2 Academy

05 Feb 2016 – Glasgow Barrowland

06 Feb 2016 – Manchester Academy

08 Feb 2016 – Leeds O2 Academy

09 Feb 2016 – Cambridge Corn Exchange 

11 Feb 2016 – London O2 Academy Brixton

12 Feb 2016 – Birmingham O2 Academy

Words by Lydia Smedley


Live Reviews

The annual roll call of indie rock’s latest darlings of the scene is back around again. The sustainable NME tour that features the most exciting bands of the year has brought us acts including Arctic Monkeys, Florence and The Machine, Crystal Castles and Coldplay with the intention of being the show that propels minor bands to fame and fortune. This year’s line-up carries on the grand tradition with driving force as four of the UK’s most hyped about bands take to the Institute.

An odd choice of headliner for this year’s awards, Palma Violet’s haven’t released an album in two years and also played the NME Awards in 2013 alongside Peace and Miles Kane, so some would assume that NME have been scraping the barrel this year. There’s no disputing that the Lambeth four piece sound great live, Chilli Jesson and Sam Fryer are clearly going for the Carl and Pete co-frontman scenario and in some ways it works. Or it would work if it didn’t look so forced. Unfortunately, for a band that emits the looks and cool, London attitude that will drag in the teen indie fans, there’s not much lying beneath the surface. They barely possess a worthy back catalogue of anthems, still somewhat riding on the wave of their one, true, greatest hit, Best Of Friends and their lairy, shambolic rock isn’t breaking anyone’s façade. Naturally, a hefty amount of the audience eat it up but things looked suitably better earlier on in the night when the primal energy of the “buzz bands” took to the stage.

In some ways it’s shocking that the replacement for The Amazing Snakeheads, The Wytches , weren’t asked to play in the first place. Whether they secure immense popularity in years to come or continue pleasing with their cult status, no one can deny the band’s talent and compelling, self-titled “surf-doom” charm. Long, black locks drape their barely visible face as the Brighton trio release their dark breed of psychedelia onto Birmingham’s bewitched crowd ensuing moshing aplenty.

The raucous, garage-punk delivery of Slaves keeps the audience on their toes as they pummel through tracks like White Knuckle Ride, Hey and latest single Feed The Mantaray. They’re hit and miss for most people but their abrasiveness is undeniable, making for a compelling live show.

However, the main focal point and best performance of tonight can only be awarded to the Fat White Family. Legend has it that the seven piece formed in a squat in Peckham and their main intention has been to “make our skin crawl” ever since. Disgustingly lecherous, lead singer Lias Saoudi drips with sweat as he moves like a contender for a padded cell, flailing his body to the music, screaming into the microphone and grabbing his crotch numerous times. At one point he jumps down into the crowd, who surge forward, as he drools and dribbles all over them. It’s pretty unpredictable what you’re going to get with Fat Whites. They really, truly don’t give a fuck. Their sleazy brand of guitar rock isn’t pinnable and even comparing them to another band seems prudish. With songs like Cream Of The Young and Mark E Smith attached to their setlist, no one else really compares in terms of tonight’s show. A mis-matched yet thoroughly enjoyable night.

Written by Harley Cassidy