The O2, KOKO, and Live Nation triumph at the LIVE Awards 2023

Last night's LIVE Awards 2023 highlighted the achievements of the UK live music sector, with The O2 and KOKO taking home top honors.


Last night, the UK’s live music industry gathered to honour its brightest stars at the second annual LIVE Awards. Held at East London’s iconic Troxy and hosted by comedian Thanyia Moore, the event saw 600 industry insiders from various sectors come together to celebrate 2023’s triumphs.

The LIVE Awards are about shining a light on those who’ve set the bar high in the live music world. A panel of experts handed out 15 awards, recognising the best venues, promoters, festivals, and more that have made a significant impact in 2023.

Key winners from the night included The O2, grabbing the LIVE Green Award for their environmental efforts. Live Nation was named National Promoter of the Year, while KOKO in London snagged the Venue Of The Year accolade. The Boileroom in Guildford didn’t go unnoticed either, earning the Grassroots Champion Award for their stellar work at the community level.

The evening concluded with a special moment, honouring the legendary promoter Phil Bowdery with the LIVEtime Achievement Award. The tribute was filled with accolades from music icons like Tom Jones and Stevie Wonder, highlighting Bowdery’s incredible influence on the industry.

The other winners were Deer Shed Festival for Festival of the Year and Neg Earth Lights for Production Supplier 2023. The ceremony wasn’t just a celebration and a crucial fundraiser for LIVE’s ongoing efforts to advocate for the live music sector’s interests.

This annual event not only highlights achievements in sustainability and marketing but also ensures the best of the industry receive the recognition they deserve. With a night full of accolades and tributes, the LIVE Awards 2023 truly set the stage for celebrating the UK’s vibrant live music scene.

Photography: Lee Thomas

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