Arctic Monkeys and Rudimental win at UK Festival Awards

By Steve Holden
Newsbeat reporter

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30 Seconds to Mars played this year's Download Festival

Download has been named best major festival at the 10th UK Festival Awards.

The event in Donington, Leicestershire, beat the likes of Glastonbury, Creamfields and T In The Park in a public vote.

Arctic Monkeys were named the headline act of the year for their Friday night performance at Glastonbury at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

More than half a million votes were cast in a number of categories.

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Arctic Monkeys headlined Friday night at Glastonbury

Download saw headline performances from Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein.

The Festival Awards also acknowledge bands and tracks that stood out over the 2013 season.

Arctic Monkeys' set at Glastonbury came a few months before the release of their album AM and included the first UK performance of Do I Wanna Know.

Daft Punk's international hit Get Lucky won the anthem of the summer, beating songs such as Bastille's Pompeii and Imagine Dragons' Radioactive.

Rudimental beat the likes of Haim, Bastille and Disclosure to win breakthrough act of the year.

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Rudimental performed at several festivals

Creamfields had led the nominations for this year's awards. It won best dance event.

James Drury, managing director of UK Festival Awards, said: "In this, our 10th year, we had the most fiercely-fought competition for the awards.

"There were so many incredible festivals taking place this year that it's not surprising that 575,000 votes were cast by fans from across the world."

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The Prodigy's Creamfields set is up for headline performance of the year

There were awards for smaller festivals too, with Kendal Calling winning best medium-sized festival.

Bearded Theory, held in Derby, won best small festival. Headliners in 2013 included Reverend & The Makers and Asian Dub Foundation.

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