Tribfest fans can help event win UK awards
A NATIONALLY renowned festival in East Yorkshire is in the running for a trio of awards.
Tribfest, which is staged each August and sees tributes to famous names such as Queen and Muse, is in the running for three National UK Festival Awards.
The weekend event, which was held at Sledmere House for the first time this year, has been shortlisted for Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Toilets award.
Event director Ed Faulkner says he welcomes the opportunity for the work of the Tribfest team to be recognised.
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He said: "We have developed a very talented and enthusiastic team over the past five years and an army of event volunteers.
"While we would be grateful for national recognition, any awards would recognise the work of the Tribfest team to develop a successful home grown festival here in East Yorkshire."
Tribfest is a successful family festival that has grown each year since the first event at Driffield in 2007.
This summer's event attracted 4,000 festival-goers to Sledmere House.
More than 100 acts performed, with 50 top tribute acts being joined by unsigned bands, acoustic acts and up-and-coming comedians in the Laughing Bull Comedy Marquee.
Organisers say the quality of the festival has increased by the year and some of the highlight performances came from tributes to Queen, Michael Jackson and Musest – a Dutch tribute to Muse.
The National UK Festival Awards recognise a range of festivals, from Glastonbury to small family events.
Regular festival-goer Christine Tomlinson, 36, of west Hull, said: "I always take the kids to Tribfest – it is one of the few music events where you can take little ones.
"Tribfest is very relaxed. It isn't like other festivals where you have to elbow your way through miles of mud to see any of the acts."
This year's awards will be judged by festival-goers.
Tribfest fans will have the opportunity to vote online for the festival.
Anyone who votes will also be entered into the Dream Summer prize draw to win two VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award, plus the chance to win a new iPad3.
To vote, visit www.survey monkey.com/s/ukfa2012 or visit www.tribfest.co.uk and follow the links.
The winners will be announced at a presentation evening at the Roundhouse in London on Monday, December 3.
The festival has attracted great feedback, with word-of-mouth recommendations being one of the keys to its growing success.
This year's event was featured in the New Musical Express magazine.
The two-page article extolled the virtues of the tribute acts and festival itself.
Organisers say they take on board suggestions from local residents and fans.
They put their growing success down to finding new ways to improve the event and enhance the festival by adding new activities and new features, such as the popular comedy marquee, and taking note of fans' suggestions or ideas from other festivals.
Tribfest will return next year and will once again be staged at Sledmere House, from August 15 to 18.