Festival-Supplier-AwardsWith less than two weeks to the inaugural Festival Supplier Awards, organiser Michelle Tayton from A.M.P. Events has been updating Event Industry News on how plans are shaping up.

Designed to recognise the best suppliers to the growing festival industry, the Festival Supplier Awards will showcase the companies and individuals that help create some of the UK’s most well-known and best-loved festivals. 20 awards will be presented in total, with categories honouring all aspects of festival production from trackway and toilets to barriers and bars – together with a special award for the industry’s greenest supplier.

“I’m really excited about how the FSAs are progressing, it’s been a while since the industry last had a proper get together at the Showman’s Show and support in terms of both supporting the event and attending has been excellent, ticket sales are strong and look set to sell out,” comments Michelle.

“We’ve now received all the results from our judging panel and whilst a lot of the usual suspects have done well as you’d expect, it is fair to say that there are couple of surprises in there too,” she adds.

The judging panel included Nic Howden, a journalist with over 12 years’ experience covering UK and Europe’s largest festivals; Lee House, senior events manager for Coventry City Council and production lead for the Godiva Festival; Dan Craig, head of operations at Loudsound, event director for Field Day and operations director at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time; Hannah Farnham, Live Nation’s head of production and events (UK) Music; Colin Rodger, head of event management; DF Concerts and Events; David McCalmont, head of production, MAMA Group; Jon Drape, managing director of Ground Control UK and Luke Cowdell, Festival Republic. The vast majority of which will be in attendance on the night. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony and gala dinner that will be held on October 22nd at Newbury Showground, rounding off the first day of the Showman’s Show in style.

Tickets can be purchased here.