In 2015 Breaking Bands Festival was nominated in several awards at the UK Festival Awards. Getting nominated for Best New Festival, Best Small Festival, Grass Roots Award and Best Toilets. After the public voting the festival was through to the short list of just 4 festivals for Best New Festival and although didn’t win, it felt like a great sign for the future of The BBFest.
Mucka Jay, Festival Director said “At BBFest HQ we have just received news that once again the festival is up for 4 awards; Best Small Festival, Grass Roots Award, Best Toilets and Best Family Festival. To be recognised 2 years in a row is something the organisers are over the moon with, especially with the Best Family Festival nomination as the team prides themselves on the festival being for all the family with no exclusions.”
Public Voting is open now at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WKLBGTZ so the festival are reaching out to ask for people to vote for them in these categories if they feel they deserve them. Voting closes 28th October 2016 and shortlists will be announce 4th November.
Here is the descriptions of what each nomination regards:
BEST SMALL FESTIVAL
(For events of less than 10,000 capacity). What these intimate events lack in scope they compensate for with an abundance of idiosyncrasies and grass roots appeal. Despite their minimal capacity, many of these cater to their audiences with such focus and peculiar charm that larger events may seem bland in comparison.
BEST FAMILY FESTIVAL
Growing up doesn’t mean you have to stop going to festivals – it just gives you a great opportunity to bring your kids! Every year, there seems to be more and more children at festivals, with specifically designed spaces and facilities for kids reflecting this growth. Games, workshops, play areas and activities for youngsters all combine to make their weekend a memorable one – and often a much easier one for mums and dads. Which festival was the most enjoyable for families this year?
GRASS ROOTS AWARD
Often the best small festivals spring from an organic labour of love and a visionary idealism that resonates with thousands. These festivals should be celebrated, not just for the courage, commitment and often personal sacrifice invested by their organisers, but also because they never forget where they’ve come from, supporting both local communities and new music along the way while maintaining an independent spirit and resisting commercial saturation. All hail the grass roots festivals and their creators!
Although it may not be the most glamorous aspect of an event, the quality and quantity of the toilet facilities are incredibly important to attendees. Whether they take the form of pristine portaloos or potentially kraken-infested longdrops, a festival’s toilet situation is indicative of the respect (or lack thereof) that organisers have for their audience.