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Glastonbury Named 2011's Best Major UK Festival

LONDON (VIP-NEWS) — Glastonbury has been named the UK's best major festival at this year's UK Festival Awards.

The Somerset event was headlined this year by U2, Coldplay and Beyonce but is taking a break in 2012.

Bestival, which won the the best major festival prize last year, was named the 2011 fans' favourite.

The event is organised by Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank with this year's line-up including Bjork, The Cure, Pendulum, Public Enemy and PJ Harvey.

Ed Sheeran was named the breakthrough artist for his appearances over the summer, beating acts like Jessie J and The Vaccines.

Sonisphere, staged at Knebworth House, landed the best line-up prize following appearances from Biffy Clyro, Slipknot and Metallica.

Meanwhile, Paolo Nutini bagged the headline performance of the year gong for his performance at Latitude.

The Secret Garden Party in Cambridgeshire took the best medium-sized festival prize, while Dorset's End Of The Road was named best small festival.

Derbyshire's Y-Not Festival was a double winner, taking the prize for best "grass roots" festival and best toilets.

The awards were staged at London's Roundhouse.

The winners are as follows:

Best new festival: Wilderness

Best metropolitan festival: Tramlines

Best dance event: Creamfields

Best overseas festival: Outlook (Croatia)

Best family festival: Beautiful Days

Best breakthrough artist: Ed Sheeran

Line-up of the year: Sonisphere

Headline performance of the year: Paolo Nutini – Latitude

Anthem of the summer: Chase and Status – Blind Faith

Agent of the year: Steve Strange

Promoter of the year: Secret Productions

Best small festival: End of the Road

Best medium-sized festival: Secret Garden Party

Best major festival: Glastonbury

Fans' favourite festival: Bestival

The lifetime achievement award: Steve Heap, Mrs Casey Music / Towersey Village Festival

The grass roots festival award: Y-Not Festival

Concession of the year: The Beat Hotel

The greener festival award: Shambala

Best toilets: Y-Not Festival

Best sponsor activation: Capitalize – Bacardi

The extra-festival activity award: Bearded Kitten

Outstanding contribution to festival production: The Event Safety Shop