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 The Henley Festival has won an award following this summer’s opening night performance by Sir Elton.

The show was crowned Headline Performance of the Year in this year’s UK Festival Awards, which were presented at the Camden Roundhouse in London last night.

It was judged by an expert panel and was up against several other high-profile names including Rihanna at the V Festival and Calvin Harris at the Creamfields dance festival in Cheshire.

The festival, which ran for five consecutive evenings from July 6, was also shortlisted alongside the likes of Glastonbury and Download in the best hospitality category, which was decided by a public vote.

It was competing in the awards scheme for the first time.

The former Reg Dwight played for a sell-out audience of 7,000 people that evening.

Henley‘s chief executive Charlotte Geeves said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won Headline Performance of the Year for Elton John and his band’s truly unforgettable opening night at Henley Festival in 2016.
“Elton’s spectacular performance, in the stunning setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames, set the tone for last year’s Henley Festival, with every performer really giving their all. We’re looking forward to revealing next year’s line-up in January 2017.”