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Festival up for national awards

A local music festival, which is just four years old, has been shortlisted for two national awards.

The Hanwell Hootie has been nominated in the UK Festival Awards in two categories: Best Medium-Sized Festival and Best Metropolitan Festival.

Award winners are decided through a combination of online fan votes and music industry experts – and you can vote for the Hootie free of charge on the official website until 28 October.

The Hanwell Hootie was set up by a combination of local residents, businesses and music lovers – with the support of Ealing Council. It is held each spring, and we spoke to one of the organisers ahead of the 2016 event.

It is now run as a community interest company (CIC) and is backed by Marshall Amplification, the global music brand which began in Hanwell. Local boy, the late Jim Marshall, set up shop in the town in the 1960s and served many of the big names on the rock scene while co-inventing a whole new generation of guitar amplifiers.

The UK Festival Awards has been celebrating the efforts of the nation’s festival industry since 2004. The 2016 winners will be announced in November at a glittering event in central London, which attracts more than 1,000 influential people in the music and festivals industries.

Other award categories include Best Major Festival, Best Family Festival, Best Overseas Festival, Best Headline Performance…and even Best Toilets.

What do I do now?

Place your vote here, or find out more about The Hanwell Hootie or the UK Festival Awards.


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