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UK Festival Awards 2011 @festival_awards ; out with the old and in with the new?

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The 2011 UK Festival Awards were announced last night, in a suitably snazzy ceremony at London’s Roundhouse. There were a few surprises amongst the winners; perhaps a glimpse of the shift that’s set to come this year from folk choosing their festival allegiances more carefully, in light of the current economic climate. For me, size and status are irrelevant; if you have what I want, I’m there.

Following acclaimed performances at Glastonbury, Reading, Bestival and Jersey Live, Ed Sheeran was named ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ (in association with Brothers Cider), beating off competition from Bruno Mars, Jessie J and The Vaccines.


‘Headline Performance of the Year’ (in association with Jagermeister) was awarded to Paolo Nutini at Latitude Festival, Nutini’s fellow nominees included Metallica, Magnetic Man and Chase & Status. Chase & Status didn’t go home empty- handed however, as they walked away with the award for ‘Anthem of the Summer’ for ‘Blind Faith.’

Rob Da Bank’s ever-popular Bestival was honoured in a new category for 2011: ‘Fan’s Favourite Festival’. This year, the festival welcomed some of the biggest names in music, consequently drawing the biggest crowds, and featured artists such as Bjork, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson and Public Enemy.

The awards for ‘Best Major’ / ‘Medium’ / ‘Small’ Festival, ‘Best Metropolitan’ Festival, ‘Best New’ Festival and ‘Best Family’ Festival were decided upon by a judging panel of journalists and reviewers. The winners included: ‘Best Major Festival’ (in association with The Ticket Factory) went to the godfather of festivals, Glastonbury, whose headline performances from Beyonce, U2 and Coldplay dominated our TV screens over the summer. ‘Best Medium-sized Festival’ was awarded to Secret Garden Party, which this year featured acts including Marcus Foster, Yasmin, Leftfield and Ghostpoet. End of The Road was awarded with ‘Best Small Festival’ (in association with Doodson); the North Dorset event featured live sets from Laura Marling, Joanna Newsom and Mogwai this year. This is definitely one which I would like to experience some time soon.


‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ was awarded to Sheffield’s Tramlines, which beat off competition from The Great Escape, Dot to Dot and Gaymer’s Camden Crawl.

‘Best New Festival’ (in association with Access All Areas) went to Wilderness, a new ‘celebration of the arts and outdoors’ in Oxfordshire, which The Observer described as a ‘bohemian haven’; Oxford and bohemian – sounds right up my street!  ‘Best Family Festival’ (in association with Showsec) was awarded to Beautiful Days.

‘Best Dance Event’ (in association with Peppermint Bars) perhaps predictably, went to Creamfields, with this year’s event featuring fan favourites Chemical Brothers, Katy B and Kissy Sell Out. I’m not sure that any other festival could beat Creamfields in this genre, there certainly does not appear to be any strong contenders to its crown at the moment. Croatia’s Outlook was honoured with ‘Best Overseas Festival’.

Finally, ‘Line-Up of the Year’ in association with XL Video was awarded to Sonisphere, for a staggering bill in 2011, which saw the Big Four – Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth unite for what was widely described as, ‘heavy metal heaven’.

Congratulations to all the 2011 UK Festival Awards winners and let’s hope that the 2012 season exceeds those highs and lessens the lows. /

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂


UK Festival Awards 2011; Vote and win your Dream Summer

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Vote in the Festival Awards and win your Dream Summer

Voting has now opened in the UK Festival Awards – giving you the chance to have your say on which festivals and acts were your favourites for 2011.

Every voter will be entered into a prize draw to win a dream summer – two tickets to every winning festival at this year’s Awards. Categories include: Fans’ Favourite Festival, Best Overseas Festival, Headliner of the Year and Anthem of the Summer.

Voting runs until October 10th, 2011, so be sure to get involved before the deadline. The Awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on November 15th, 2011 in London.

The winner of the Dream Summer prize will be announced no later than December 1st, 2011.

Click here to vote:

Good luck!

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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September 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

Queen of Clubs; Cream celebrates its 18th Birthday!

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Cream celebrates its 18th Birthday in Liverpool

Everyone’s favourite Queen of Clubs, Cream, celebrates its 18th Birthday on Saturday 9th October 2010. I’ve spoken to the brand’s Online/Student Press representative Lucy Andrews quite a bit of late, having recently reviewed the epic electronic dance weekend that is the Creamfields Festival.

Lucy kindly provided me with a veritable This Is Your Life style account of the clubbing institution which began life as a 400-capacity club night, located in a Liverpool backstreet. Few could have guessed then, that in a few short years the brand would be well-known and well-respected on an international scale; being synonymous with cutting edge line ups, style and legendary production.

To celebrate this landmark birthday, the team at Cream have gone back to where it all started; to Nation, the clubbing arena based in Liverpool, for a huge party the likes of which it has never seen before. An all-star line up of Cream legends and breakthrough artists include: In the Main Room, Cream Ibiza resident Paul van Dyk, who will be performing a 3-hour set alongside Adam Sheridan, Gareth Wyn and Rob Harnetty. The Courtyard will be hosted by man of the moment Laidback Luke who will be joined by Afrojack, Anthony Probyn and Lee Ellis. Funkagenda will be heading up the Annexe and joining them will be Deadmau5 label mates Chris Lake and Michael Woods. Plus lots more.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £25 (plus Booking Fee) and can be purchased at the following link. For more information on the event itself, please go to The website is great and provides information and galleries of all the Cream nights across the globe, as well as DJ/artist tour details. If this year’s Creamfields Festival is anything to go by, the 18th Birthday celebration proves to be every bit as hectic and heady.

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September 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm

2010 Creamfields Festival – review

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Well, I’ve finally recovered from the hectic and hedonistic weekend that was the 2010 Creamfields Festival, at Daresbury, Cheshire. It was my first time at the festival and my sister and I had a great time, watched some brilliant DJs including Judge Jules, Paul Van Dyk, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta and Deadmau5 and all in all, just let our hair down and had some well-earned fun.

The atmosphere and the crazy crowd were the highlights for me; it was everything I expected, nothing like which I had  expected and so much more!

My review and photographs are now up on the eFestivals site, at the link below. The photographs are on the home page under ‘Latest Photos.’ If you haven’t been to the festival yet and are considering going along next year, I would definitely recommend it. Purchase a Hospitality Day or Weekend Ticket and treat yourself to a couple of days worth of madcap sights and mesmerizing sounds:

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September 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Creamfields 2010 – the countdown begins…

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I will be reviewing the 2010 Creamfields Festival at Daresbury Park this weekend for I love Electronic Dance music in all its forms but have never visited the festival before, so I am really excited!

The camping options look brilliant, with mini yurts and geo-domes on offer for those festival-goers who fancy a spot of luxury. The V Festival have obviously followed Creamfield’s lead on this, offering the same for Weston and Hylands Park next year. BBC Radio 1 will be broadcasting live throughout the sold out event, giving listeners a chance to hear tracks performed live from such artists as: headliners David Guetta and Tiesto, Deadmau5, Leftfield, Audio Bullys, Judge Jules, Calvin Harris and Paul Van Dyk.

Creamfields won the Best Dance Festival at the 2009 UK Festival Awards, a title it has won three times in total; adding to the twelve overall since it began in 1998. There are some great facilities too, like the Hed Kandi Hospitality Arena, International Food Market, Strongbow Bowtime Bar, Pimms Bus and Vanity Van for those all-important festival faces and fashions.  The festival has a reputation for surprise appearances and the best atmosphere of any crowd, so I just hope the dry and perhaps sunny weather makes it a lucky three.

If you’re heading to the festival this weekend, you can check out the weather forecast here, but probably best to bring your wellies just incase anyway:

See you there 🙂

Festival Fashion 2010 for the girls

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As festival season is now officially upon us, I thought it would be a good time to take a look at all the exciting festival fashions. Us girls will of course be aware that sunshine and dry weather can’t be guaranteed, yet we will still dress like we are in an episode of Eldorado, after all; the huge sombreros come in handy to dive under, once the inevitable pelting of rain begins. 

I have looked at my festival staples; wellies, maxi dresses, across-the-body bags, playsuits and jewellery and picked a selection (of just my favourites) categorised by price. But remember…it’s not easy dressing at a 45-degree angle whilst your friend tries to stop the tent flap from exposing you, causing you to then trip over her and muddy the cut-off denims you’ve spent all weekend rubbing with a cheese grater to get that perfect ‘Kate Moss look’; eventually ending up looking more like Aunt Sally, as your freshly bronzed face also hit the ground sheet as you went down. 

First up, wellies. I couldn’t have coped without mine at V last year; it didn’t rain luckily, but they’re just so comfy and it can be a bit of a trek to and from the car parks. They also go with everything if you choose wisely and it can get quite chilly at night-time stood in a field, or running away from burly men with Red Stripe in one hand and illegal highs in the other. 


Croc Effect Wellingtons, £12, Wynsors

 Croc Effect Fuchsia Wellington Boots, £12, Wynsors (

These have a small heel and firm grips on the soles. They can also be adjusted slightly with the buckle at the sides. I love the croc effect on these and the colour is lovely and summery. I got my last pair from Wynsors and they are really well made and great value for money. 


Dogtooth Wedge Welly, £37, New Look

 Dogtooth Wedge Welly, £37, New Look (

Also available in Candy Girl Pink and Croc Black. These are knee-high which I think is best due to the inevitable mud and slosh. They also have grips on the soles and a mid-height wedge heel, so functional and fashionable! 


Limited Edition Hunter Festival Tall, £139, Hunter

 Limited Edition Festival Tall, £139, 

Hunter is undoubtedly the celeb welly of choice; so much so, last year they collaborated with Jimmy Choo to produce a £255 crocodile print pair, favoured by models and musos alike. The Limited Edition Festival Tall pair come with all the creature comforts like multi-layered cushioned insoles and a quick dry knitted lining with ‘Festival 2010’ print. They also come in Blue. 

Maxi Dresses 


Jess Floral Print Maxi Dress, £22,

 Jess Floral Print Maxi Dress, £22, 

I love this pretty floral print, as I am a big fan of the colours black and red. I think they complement all complexions and hair colours. The dress is 117cm in length and is available in sizes 8 to 14. I love Boohoo website, it certainly rivals ASOS for choice and on price, with most items ranging between £10 and £30. I’ve bought a few pieces from here and never been disappointed. 

Mid Range 

ASOS Denim Maxi Dress, £50, ASOS

 ASOS Denim Maxi Dress, £50, 

This gorgeous dress is a halter neck style with an empire line  and low scoop back. Also available in Petite. 


Antik Batik goya printed maxi dress, £143, Net A Porter

 Antik Batik goya printed maxi dress, £143, 

I love this dress and the tribal print in general. I went to TK Maxx once and stumbled across an Antik Batik kaftan. I had never heard of the brand and so thought £6.99 was just your average deal at TK Maxx, oh no my fashion friends; this item was probably worth around eight times that brand new and I still wear it beachside to this day! 

Across-The-Body Bags 


Festival Across-The-Body Bag, £18, Next

 Festival Across-The-Body Bag, £18, 

Hmm, it’s my birthday on 16th July…just putting it out there. 

Mid Range 

Stone Daisy Acrossbody Bag - Tan, £39, Beales

 Stone Daisy Acrossbody Bag – Tan, £39, 

This bag is inspired by the English Countryside and features fine stitching on the daisy flower at the front. Delivery is within three working days and if you spend over £40 on the website, delivery is free (otherwise £5). They do have 12 department stores nationwide, mostly located in the South, with just Bolton, Kendal and Southport for us northerners. 


Patrick Cox 'Montpelier' cross body bag, £125, Debenhams

 Patrick Cox ‘Montpelier’ cross body bag, £125, 

This item is 100% leather and I love the detail and print on the outside. This would do you for many a night out as well. 



F&F Printed Playsuit, £20, Tesco

 F&F Printed Playsuit, £20, (online exclusive) 

I think you can get some great pieces at F&F these days. They model the range on the latest designer pieces, so you can feel like a celeb for less than half the price. Everyone loves a bargain. 

Mid Range 

French Connection Terry Playsuit, £45, ASOS

 French Connection Terry Playsuit, £45, 

This is cute and I love the colour, Melon Pink. This has a bandeau design with halterneck strap and pockets at each side. I imagine this would be a cosy number for those long festival days and nights. I can handle terry towelling, as long as the word Juicy isn’t emblazoned across it. 


Whistles Mini Leo Playsuit, £110, Selfridges

 I love this peach toned silk playsuit, it’s perfect for summer. It has a drawstring waist and gold buttons and would look great with a pair of gladiator sandals. Best get saving… 



Metallic Collar Necklace, £6, Peacocks

 Metallic Collar Necklace, £6, 

I thought this was a nice statement piece, now reduced to £6 from £12. Grab it while you can. 

Mid Range 

Retro Vinyl Record Pendant, £16, Zara Taylor

 Retro Vinyl Record Pendant, £16, 

I adore these pieces and have mentioned Zara Taylor before on here. I cannot rave about her enough! This long pendant necklace is perfect for the music lover, is solid brass and measures 35x40mm and is hung on a 27 inch solid brass chain. All Zara’s items come with free delivery and are gift boxed. Again I must say, July 16th people…someone’s having a birthday. 


Made Brass Multi-Chain and Aqua Glass Necklace, £75, John Lewis

Made Brass Multi-Chain and Aqua Glass Necklace, £75, 

From the brand Made By the People For the People. This simple multi-chain brass necklace has swirly glass beads dotted about on 7 link chains. Each piece of jewellery is unique, therefore irregularities will add to its character. All Made By the People For The People products are designed  and then sourced and created within disadvantaged communities across East Africa.
Well, that’s your lot for today. I hope that you found a couple of pieces that you like or some food for thought.
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