Shortlist revealed for 2012 festivals, performers and toilet facilities
Michael Baggs

15:54 5th November 2012

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The shortlist for the 2012 Festival Awards has been revealed, with the biggest festivals, headliners and toilets going head to head at this year's event.

In the absence of Glastonbury on the 2012 festival scene, a number of other major events are competiting for the coveted Best Major Festival prize - including Bestival, Download, Reading & Leeds, V and BBC Radio One Hackney Weekend.

There are also categories for Best Medium, Small and New festivals - plus awards for best dance and metropolitan event. Sadly, in a year which saw the Sonisphere festival cancelled and traditional rock events such as Download and Reading & Leeds open their gates to more mainstream acts, there is no Best Rock event in the awards.

Alongside the competiting festivals for the titles, headliners and newcomers are also going head to head in the 2012 Festival Awards.

The Stone Roses, Stevie Wonder, Metallica and The Cure are among the bands in the running for the best headliner title while MOBO winner Emeli Sande rivals Mercury Music Prize champions Alt-J, Azealia Banks, Jake Bugg and Lana Del Rey for the Best Breakthrough Act.

The Stone Roses headlined T In The Park 2012

The winners of the 2012 awards will be chosen by a panel of experts on 3 December 2012 at an event at Camden's Roundhouse.

Click here to vote in our poll to find the best festival of 2012.

Check out the full list of categories and nominees below.

Best Major Festival
BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
Global Gathering
Hard Rock Calling
Isle Of Wight Festival
Reading & Leeds
T in the Park
V Festival

Best Medium-Sized Festival
Beautiful Days
Bingley Music Live
Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Camp Bestival
Green Man
Kendal Calling
The Secret Garden Party

Best Small Festival
Beat Herder
Cambridge Rock Festival
Festival No.6
Strawberry Fields Festival
Y Not Festival
Zoo Project

Best New Festival
BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
Beacons Music & Arts Festival
Eastern Electrics Festival
Festival No.6
No Direction Home Festival
Over the Moon Festival
Retro Trax
Xstatic Summer Festival

Best Dance Event
BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
Beat Herder
Glade Festival
Nozstock: The Hidden Valley Festival
Shakedown Festival
Zoo Project

Best Metropolitan Festival
Camden Crawl
Dot To Dot Festival
Freeze Festival
Live At Leeds
Liverpool Sound City
London Summer Jam
Orkney Folk Festival
Slam Dunk Festival

Best Line-Up (Decided by expert jury)
Beach Break Live
Festival No.6
Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
Y Not

Best Family Festival
Bearded Theory
Beautiful Days
Beverley Folk Festival
Cambridge Folk Festival
Camp Bestival
Wilderness Festival

The Grass Roots Festival Award
Beautiful Days
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival
Bloodstock Open Air Festival
End of the Road Festival
Green Man
Hop Farm Music Festival
Y Not Festival

Best Toilets
BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend
Beautiful Days
Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Reading & Leeds
T in the Park
V Festival

Best Overseas Festival
Benicassim (Spain)
Ibiza Rocks (Spain)
Tomorrowland (Belgium)
Burning Man (USA)
Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland)
Optimus Alive (Portugal)
Outlook & Dimensions (Croatia)
Snowbombing (Austria)
Sziget Festival (Hungary)
Audioriver (Poland)

Headline Performance Of The Year
New Order at Festival No. 6
Stevie Wonder at Bestival
Mogwai at Green Man
Dizzee Rascal at Kendal Calling
Ed Sheeran at Wakestock
Slayer at I'll Be Your Mirror/ATP
Jay-Z at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend
Metallica at Download
The Stone Roses at T in the Park
The Cure at Reading & Leeds

Best Breakthrough Act
Emeli Sande
Lana Del Rey
Jake Bugg
Alabama Shakes
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Django Django
Azealia Banks
Dry The River
Frank Ocean

Anthem Of The Summer
Florence & The Machine - 'Shake It Up'
The Black Keys - 'Lonely Boy'
Rihanna - 'We Found Love'
Azealia Banks - '212'
The Vaccines - 'Teenage Icon'
Arctic Monkeys - 'R U Mine?'
Two Door Cinema Club - 'Sleep Alone'
Alabama Shakes - 'Hold On'
Nicki Minaj - 'Starships'
Django Django - 'Default'

Photos: the best festival photos from 2012

  • Flaming Lips - Parklife Weekender, Manchester 09/06/12

  • The Killers - V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire 18/08/12.

  • Frank Carter of Pure Love, Dot To Dot festival, Nottinghamshire 03/06/12

  • Madness - Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, Buckingham Palace roof 04/06/12.

  • Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and Nile Rogers (Chic) - Parklife Weekender, Manchester 09/06/12

  • Stevie Wonder - Bestival, Isle of Wight 09/09/12.

  • Robbie Williams - Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert, Buckingham Palace 04/06/12

  • Lana Del Rey - Latitude festival, Suffolk 13/07/12.

  • Metallica - Download festival, Donington Park, Leicestershire 09/06/12.

  • Sir Paul McCartney - Olympics Opening Ceremony, London 28/07/12.

  • Spice Girls - Olympics Closing Ceremony, London 13/08/12.

  • Rudimental - Creamfields festival, Cheshire,25/08/12.

  • Grace Jones - Lovebox festival, London 16/06/12.

  • Stone Roses - Heaton Park, Manchester 29/06/12.

  • Bob Dylan - Hop Farm festival, Kent 30/06/12.

  • Deadmouse - Wireless festival, London 06/07/12.

  • Kasabian - Reading Festival 25/08/12.

  • At The Drive-In - Leeds Festival 26/08/12.

  • Florence & The Machine - Bestival, Isle of Wight 07/09/12

  • Coldplay & Rihanna - Paralympics Closing Ceremony, London 09/09/12.

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