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Bestival crowned fans favourite festival

Wed 16 Nov 2011

Bestival crowned fans favourite festival

Isle of Wight event Bestival has been named fans' favourite festival at the UK Festival Awards in a new prize introduced for the 2011 ceremony.

Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank's festival scooped the award for a line-up boasting names as diverse as Bjork, James Blake, The Las and headliners The Cure, who were an exclusive European booking for the Isle of Wight-based bash.

Brian Wilson, PJ Harvey and Public Enemy were also on the bill at the event, which took place in September this year at Robin Hill Country Park.

James Drury, managing director of Festival Awards Ltd, stated hundreds of thousands of votes were cast for the 200 eligible festivals that took place over the course of 2011.

"The Festival Awards is all about recognising the hard work everyone in the industry puts in - and sharing the thanks and love from the public for those efforts," he said.

Mr Drury added: "Everyone involved - not just the winners - should be rightly proud of what they’ve achieved in a year has been more challenging than others."

It was the best attended UK Festival Awards since the inception of the event almost a decade ago, with around 1,000 people from across the music industry attending.

Back in September, early bird tickets for the 2012 Bestival on the Isle of Wight went on sale at special discounted rates.

Rob da Bank stated he hopes everyone who came to Bestival in 2011 and made it such a great weekend will return next year for more festivities on the Isle of Wight.

2011 Bestival artist Ed Sheeran was among the winners at the UK Festival Awards this year, scooping the award for best breakthrough artists after performances at events up and down the UK, including the Jersey Live festival and Reading and Leeds.

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