I’m immensely honoured that Download has been named Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards, especially considering the other British Institutions we were up against. Myself and the Download team work tirelessly every year to continue to make Download a festival we and the fans can be proud of.
It’s been an incredible journey to watch it grow over the years, to become Europe’s biggest rock festival and now the Best Major Festival in the UK. We’re currently working day and night to ensure that Download 2014 will be the best yet. I can’t wait. Bring it on. – Promoter Andy Copping
Acts already announced for Download 2014 include headliners Aerosmith, Avenged Sevenfold and Linkin Park who will be performing their legendary debut album, Hybrid Theory, in full. Main support comes from Alter Bridge, Fall Out Boy and Rob Zombie, and many more including Trivium, The Offspring, Steel Panther and Status Quo.
Also joining the bill are melodic death metallers The Black Dahlia Murder, Sheffield’s finest While She Sleeps, Arizona’s Blessthefall, Japanese electro metalcore outfit Crossfaith, Californian soul punks Letlive, Metalcore giants Miss May I and, of course, after the phenomenal demand of #whynotdyingfetus Dying Fetus.
Download Festival 2014 takes place at Donington Park from the 13th to the 15th June 2014. Tickets are on sale now.
The UK Festival Awards took place last night at The Roundhouse in Camden with Phill Jupitus as host.
Sheffield’s finest, Arctic Monkeys were voted this year’s Best Headline Performance for their mind-blowing headline set at Glastonbury. Seeing off competition from heavyweights, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Foals, the quartet is finishing the year on a high.
The title of Best New Festival was snapped up by electronic upstarts We are FSTVL, established at Damyn’s Hall Aerodrome in Essex this year. Feeling the love from the voting public, Rudimental beat fellow Mercury Music Prize nominees, Disclosure, in the Breakthrough Act of The Year category. Elsewhere, French legends Daft Punk lucked-out in taking the title of Anthem of The Summer for their catchy hit “Get Lucky” featuring Chic’s Nile Rogers who accepted the award via video message.
After heated deliberation from renowned UK music journalists, the winner of Best Line-up this year went – for the first time – to Latitude, a festival which continues to gather the finest acts in music and the arts to date. As previously announced, the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement award was bestowed this year upon a champion of the independent festival sector – Fiona Stewart of Green Man Festival, for her phenomenal contributions to the festival industry.
In this, our 10th year, we had the most fiercely-fought competition for the awards yet. There were so many incredible events taking place this year that it’s not surprising that 575,000 votes were cast by fans from across the world.
Congratulations to all those who made it into the finals – it’s no mean feat to make it into the top 10, considering over 340 festivals entered this year. – James Drury, Managing Director of UK Festival Awards