Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:30

The Eden Sessions have been nominated in two categories at the prestigious 2012 UK Festival Awards.

The Eden Sessions have been running since 2002. Acts such as Muse, Florence and the Machine, Plan B, and Blink-182 have all played at the home of the world-famous Biomes.

The Sessions have been nominated for the Best Small Festival Award, which celebrates events with quirky touches and a sense of community, as well as the Grass Roots Festival Award, which looks at festivals that support local communities and new music while retaining an independent spirit.

The UK Festival Awards are considered the Oscars of the contemporary music festival industry. The awards cover 13 categories, ranging from The Best Major Festival Award to the Best Summer Anthem and even the Best Toilets.

The public can vote for their favourite festivals to be shortlisted by going to: Voting closes on October 31 and participants have the chance to win a variety of prizes, including tickets to all winning festivals.

Once shortlisted, the winners will be chosen by a panel of industry experts and the results will be revealed at an awards ceremony in the Roundhouse, London on December 3.

Martin Williams, Eden’s Marketing Director, said: “We work hard to create one-day festivals that appeal to a variety of musical tastes and capture the essence of the Eden Project, so we’re very proud to be nominated in not one but two categories at the UK Festival Awards.”

Comedian Eddie Izzard is the first act to have been announced to perform at the 2013 Eden Sessions, on Monday, June 3. He follows in the footsteps of Bill Bailey, Al Murray and Tim Minchin, who have given blistering comedy performances in previous years.

To find out more about the Eden Sessions and to book tickets for the Eddie Izzard Session, go to: