The shortlist for the National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) Awards 2018 has been announced. Susan Tanner, NOEA’s chief executive, said: “This year saw an increase in detailed entries, many deserving to be a finalist. Consequently, our judges had a hard job to decide on the three or four shortlisted in each category.”
Alistair Turner, head judge and managing director of EIGHT PR & Marketing, said: “The quality of entry once again took a step forward and the introduction of Best New Event produced some amazing applications. The strength of entries was excellent and seeing some events come back shows commitment to the awards.”
Joining Alistair on the judging panel were Andy McNicholl (city events manager for Liverpool Council), Rachel Baker (head of marketing at GL events UK), and Sally Piggott (head of festivals UK for Eventbrite).
In the running for Event of the Year are Vicar’s Picnic, The Leeds Castle 49th Anniversary Classical Concert, Party at The Palace and Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park.
The 15th annual NOEA Convention and Awards Dinner will be held in the Roman Baths and Pump Room, Bath, on 21 November. Visit noea.org.uk for more information.
Best Practice Award – Revival Productions (Classic Ibiza Concerts), eat:Festivals
Caterer of the Year Award – Wilde Kitchen, Tuk Tuk Café, belistore
Event Innovation of the Year Award – Event Genius, SimpliWiFi, Stadium TM
Event of the Year Award – Vicar’s Picnic, The Leeds Castle 49th Anniversary Classical Concert, Party at The Palace, Tom Kerridges Pub in the Park
Event Organiser of the Year Award – Gill Tee and Deb Shilling – Black Deer Festival, Wild Rumpus, The Parks Trust, Bev and Sarah Milner Simmonds
Event Supplier of the Year (Infrastructure) – 2CL Group, SimpliWiFi, Portakabin, FineLine Lighting
Event Supplier of the Year (Services) – Catered by Justin, Coop, LiveStyled, Green Goblet
Event Team of the Year Award – We Are The Fair, Black Deer Festival, People’s Postcode Lottery, Revival Productions(Classic Ibiza Concerts)
Large Festival of the Year Award – The Leeds Castle 40th Anniversary Classical Concert, eat:Festivals, Bournemouth 7s Festival, Cowal Highland Gathering
Medical Provider of the Year Award – SE Medical, Festimed
PR Campaign of the Year – Timber Festival, Glastonbury Abbey, Aberdeen City Council City Events
Production Partnership Year Award – We are Placemaking with Grosvenor Estates, LiveStyled with Barclaycard, Redwood Event Solutions with Tom Kerridges Pub in the Park, Timber Festival
Small Event of the Year – Dunstable Town Council, Smoked and Uncut, Dangerous Dad’s Network
Small Festival of the Year – EDF Festival, Just So Festival, World Yoga Festival
Sporting Event of the Year Award – Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental/Ryder Cup, Bournemouth 7s Festivals
Student Event of the Year – Bournemouth University: Fusion Festival: Abracadabra – Benefitting CoppaFeel! UK, University of Gloucestershire Final Year Event Management Students with Clair Greenaway & John Lannon, Haven Events – Victoria Greenhall (project manager) Derby University
Best New Event Award – Black Deer Festival (Gill Tee & Deb Shilling), Timber Festival, Slam Dunk Festival, Glastonbury Abbey, Liverpool Bordeaux Wine Festival
The NOEA Scotland Tribute Award – Aberdeen City Council City Events, Party at The Palace, EDF Festival