Friday, November 19, 2010

AC/DC win “Headline Performance Of The Year” at 2010 UK Festival Awards


AC/DC live is a rock n’ roll monster of a powerhouse.

No question.

Fans have always known this, but the music industry has been recognizing the band’s achievements of late, especially given the hugeness of the “Black Ice” world tour.

Earlier this month, the band took home the “Top Boxscore Award” at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards ceremony in New York, honoring AC/DC’s three sellout shows at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

Thursday night, AC/DC received more hardware, picking up the “Headline Performance of the Year” award at the 2010 UK Festival Awards.

AC/DC’s performance at Donington’s Download Festival was the comfortable winner in the category; having brought their own stage set-up with them and not played at a UK festival since the early Eighties, it was always going to be difficult to beat the rock gods.

The seventh annual award bash, which celebrates the achievements of the UK’s worldleading festival industry, took place at indigO2, part of The O2 complex in
London. Almost all of the Festival Awards are based on fan votes, with the exception of a couple of music industry-selected honors.

James Drury, Managing Director of Festival Awards Ltd said: “This year’s Awards were the most hotly-contested we’ve had, with over half a million votes, demonstrating just how important festivals are to the UK public. Despite the continued challenges of the economy it’s been an incredible year for festivals and the Awards is all about celebrating that. The winners should be rightly proud of their achievements, as should the rest of the industry.”

Here’s the full list of winners:

• Best Major Festival - Bestival
• Best Medium Festival - Green Man
• Best Small Festival - Kendal Calling
• Best New Festival - Vintage At Goodwood
• Best Metropolitan Festival - Gaymers Camden Crawl
• Best Family Festival - Camp Bestival
• Overseas Festival - Snowbombing
• Best Toilets - T In The Park
• Best Dance Event - Creamfields

• Headline Performance of the Year - AC/DC at Download Festival
• Best Breakthrough Artist - Mumford & Sons
• Feel Good Act of the Summer - Paolo Nutini
• Anthem of the Summer - Florence & The Machine ‘You've Got The Love’

• Virtual Festivals’ Critics Choice* - Biffy Clyro at Glastonbury
• Promoter of the Year * - Glastonbury
• Line-Up of the Year* - Rockness
• Lifetime Achievement - Geoff Ellis, DF Concerts


* Chosen by a jury of journalists and industry experts

AC/DC – Anything Goes (2008)