The winners of 2016’s DJ Mag Best Of British awards were revealed last night at a live ceremony hosted by London club egg. The evening saw awards given to categories such as Best Small Club and Best Dance Music Festival as well as DJ sets performed by the likes of Joey Negro, Denis Sulta and Sir Sypro.
Notable winners on the night included Carl Cox, who was unequivocally given the Outstanding Contribution award after ending his famed Space Ibiza residency in September. Best DJ of 2016 was a hard fought contest, with UKG king and 24-hour marathon man DJ EZ emerging victorious. Irish duo Bicep were rewarded for their signature ability to create pumping dance floor fillers as they took home the Best Producer award. Fellow duo Dusky were also victorious winning Best Live Act, while honourable mentions go to Annie Nigjtengale who was awarded Soldier Of The Scene.
With reopening parties coming in January, Fabric ran out winners in the Best Large Club category, capping off a year that saw the club faced with closure before having its licence reinstated thanks to the #SaveOurCulture campaign. Manchester emerged from the evening with its reputation as a melting point for UK club culture still in tact. Hidden, still a fresh face on the Manchester scene, took home best small club with The Warehouse Project were awarded the gong for Best Club Series.
Further winners at the ceremony included The Social who won Best Dance Festival and Best Breakthrough DJ went to Solardo. You can view the full list of winners below.
Best Breakthrough Producer - Denis Sulta
Best Breakthrough DJ - Solardo
Best Breakthrough Label - 20/20 LDN
Best Radio Show - Horse Meat Disco on Rinse FM
Best MC - Lady Leshurr
Best Resident DJ - Craig Richards (fabric)
Best Club Event - FUSE London
Best Club Series - The Warehouse Project
Best Small Club - Hidden, Manchester
Best Large Club - fabric, London
Best Live Act - Dusky
Best Boutique Dance Festival - Gottwood
Best Dance Festival - The Social
Best Label - Knee Deep In Sound
Best Remix - Lee Walker 'Freak Like Me' (DJ Deeon VS Lee Walker Remix)
Best Compilation - Joey Negro Remixed With Love Vol.2 (Z Records)
Best Album - Leon Vynehall Rojus (Running Back)
Best Track - Alan Fitzpatrick 'We Do What We Want' (We Are The Brave)
Soldier Of The Scene - Annie Nightingale
Best Producer - Bicep
Outstanding Contribution - Carl Cox
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of The Warehouse Project