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Last Updated: Monday, 6 December, 2004, 14:22 GMT
Awards glory won by Glastonbury
Glastonbury 2004
Glastonbury regularly attracts up to 100,000 revellers
Glastonbury has triumphed in the first awards ceremony to honour UK music festival stars and organisers.

It was named best major festival and best innovative festival in the inaugural awards from the music website Virtual Festivals.

More than 17,000 people cast their vote online over a three-week period.

Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out was named anthem of the summer, while a hasty exit from Reading by rapper 50 Cent was voted most memorable live moment.

Music journalists

Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis told the BBC News website he was "thrilled" at the awards.

"Obviously I am very, very pleased that the public have recognised our work. It is a great accolade.

"It is thanks to the great team we have working here doing a fantastic job every year."

Michael Eavis
Michael Eavis organises the Glastonbury Festival

Speaking about the award for innovation, Mr Eavis added: "We come up with new ideas for the festival all the time and I'm thrilled to bits the public like that.

"My ideas come in the middle of the night. I always keep a torch and a notebook by the side of my bed to write them down."

The shortlists in the 12 categories were drawn up by 100 music journalists and photographers.

Rock group Muse took the award for best live act after their performances at the Glastonbury and V festivals.

Keane were named best live newcomer from a shortlist that also included Dogs Die in Hot Cars, Goldie Lookin' Chain, Kasabian, Razorlight, The Killers and Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band.

John Peel

Other winners included Creamfields, for best dance festival; Big Chill, for best small festival; Get Loaded In The Park for best new festival; and Party In The Park for best one-day festival.

T In The Park was commended for its facilities and organisation while Download triumphed in the best themed festival category.

An outstanding contribution Award - which was not open to a public vote - went to legendary DJ John Peel, who died in October at the age of 65.

Peel, whose broadcasting career spanned 40 years, was a regular at the Glastonbury Festival for the BBC.


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