Bristol festivals shine in the UK Festival Awards nominations
Bristol’s city based festivals are celebrating as seven are nominated for the UK Festival Awards. Bristol Harbour Festival is recognised as one of the Best Major Festivals, Upfest, Bristol Festival of Nature and Love Saves the Day for Best Medium-sized Festival and Grillstock, Let’s Rock Bristol and Dot To Dot for Best Small Festival.
Bristol Harbour Festival is amongst the UK’s largest festivals including Glastonbury and T in the Park with its Best Major Festival nomination. Bristol dominates the Best Metropolitan Festival category with six events nominated for their use of city centre locations, supporting Bristol’s festival city status.
Upfest, Europe’s Largest Urban Paint Festival which attracts 20,000 people to Southville is nominated with two festivals which took place on the same bank holiday weekend, Dot to Dot and Love Saves the Day.
Steve Hayles, Upfest Organiser comments;
“It's amazing to think that in six years our live urban arts festival here in Bedminster has grown from 500 visitors to over 25,000. The nomination at the UK festival awards is recognition of Bristol's creativity, the artists from across the globe who travel to the festival, our musical supporters like Reeps 1 and the Boxettes who headlined the festival this year, and the hard work of all our volunteers and the support from our nominated charity NACOA (National Association for Children of Alcoholics). Everyone here at Upfest HQ is super excited about the nomination and would love all Bristolians to go online and vote.” http://ukvoting.festivalawards.com/
Grillstock, which took place in the Amphitheatre this year and debuted in Manchester’s Albert Square is one of the city’s most talked about businesses of 2013, with two successful restaurants and a growing festival business.
Grillstock Co-Founder Ben Merrington commented;
“Grillstock was born and bred here in Bristol and it is testament to the hard work of our team and the support of our smokin’ south west fans that we’ve been nominated in the UK Festival Awards and received recognition on a National level. We will represent the way we know best...Meat, Music and Mayhem.”