The UK live music industry came together for the inaugural LIVE Awards, Dec. 13, at The Brewery in London, to celebrate outstanding talent and achievements across the sector.
LIVE, the UK live music trade body, “welcomed 450 representatives from every corner of the sector to highlight excellence throughout 2022 while looking forward to a brilliant year of concerts, festivals, and tours in 2023,” according to a press release.
A panel of industry experts chose winners in 14 award categories reflecting “the talent and accomplishments of companies and individuals across the entirety of the UK live music scene.”
Last night’s award winners included Reading & Leeds Festivals, The O2 Arena, Bluedot, CAA, One Fiinix Live, and King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow. All winners below.
The first LIVEtime achievement award went to Danny Betesh, owner of Kennedy Street Enterprises, whose seven-decades spanning career includes promoting icons like The Beatles, Take That, and Meat Loaf.
Jon Collins, CEO of LIVE, commented, “The inaugural LIVE awards was a truly excellent evening which gave us the opportunity to recognise and reward those who have really raised the bar in 2022.
“The hangover from the effect of COVID, cost-of-living crisis, and rapidly rising costs have not stopped our industry from delivering memorable occasions to people in record numbers. The LIVE Awards reflect the breadth of talent across all parts of our industry – from classical to grime, baroque to rock, The LIVE Awards recognises excellence in the field, and at the venue.”
The full list of award winners:
The LIVE Green Award – A Greener Festival
The LIVE Workforce Award – Bristol Beacon
Venue of the Year – The O2 Arena
Grassroots Champion – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow
Booking Agency 2022 (<30 team members) – One Fiinix Live Booking Agency 2022 (>30 team members) – CAA
National Promoter of the Year – Kilimanjaro Live
Regional Promoter of the Year – Bird on The Wire
Ticketing Service 2022 – AXS
Major Festival of the Year – Reading & Leeds Festivals
Festival of the Year – Bluedot
Production Supplier – Creative Technology
Brand Partnership – The National Lottery with MVT
The LIVETime Achievement Award – Danny Betesh, Kennedy Street
Proceeds from the first LIVE Awards will help fund LIVE’s ongoing work as it continues to champion the live music industry’s interests with policy makers, regulators, the public, and the wider music and entertainment industries.
According to the press release, “the awards ceremony will take place annually and continue to celebrate outstanding achievements in sustainability credentials, marketing prowess and regional performance, to ensure that the very best of the industry is rightly recognised.”