Festivals are on track for awards

Lianne La Havas playing the main stage
Lianne La Havas playing the main stage
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Sheffield’s Tramlines music festival has been shortlisted for a prestigious UK award.

The winner of the best metropolitan festival award will be announced tonight at a ceremony at London’s Camden Roundhouse.

Representatives of Live in Barnsley will also be at the event, after it was shortlisted in the best new festival category.

The UK Festival Awards has been celebrating the efforts of the nation’s festival industry since 2004.

Dave Pearsall will be attending tonight’s ceremony on behalf of Live In Barnsley, which took place in June this year at 11 venues in the town and featured more than 400 musicians.

He said: “We are proud to have been nominated and then shortlisted in the best new festival category.

“It’s wonderful recognition for the efforts of every person who was involved in making this year’s festival such a success.”

Tramlines, held in the center of Sheffield for the past five years, was headlined this summer by Lianne La Havas and attracted 95,000 music lovers over three days.

James Drury, awards managing director, said: “Of the hundreds of festivals nominated this year, only 10 made it into the shortlists in each of the categories, so it’s an achievement to be proud of and a great testament to any festival.”

“It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we launched the awards and festivals have changed incredibly in that time.

“It’s been a privilege to have developed with such a fascinating, challenging and creative industry.

“This year we’re looking at events and acts of massively different ages all competing at a top level.

“We’re looking forward to celebrating the festival-going public’s favourites.”