European Festival Awards awarded

By | Published on Thursday 13 January 2011

Festival Awards

So, the Eurosonic conference and festival is go, go, go over there in Groningen in da Netherlands, and kicking things off last night was the European version of the Festival Awards. 350,000 festival goers went online to vote this year, between them selecting the following winners…

Best Major European Festival: Heineken Open’er Festival – Poland
Best Medium-Sized European Festival: Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival – Ireland
Best Small European Festival: 5 Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival – Poland
Best New European Festival: Temple House Festival – Ireland
Best Indoor Festival: Rolling Stone Weekender – Germany

Best European Festival Line-Up: Oxegen – Ireland
Best Newcomer: Florence and the Machine
Best Headliner: Muse
Festival Anthem of the Year: Muse – Uprising

As well as the punter voted prize, there were four others voted for by a panel of industry types, journalists, bookers, managers and suchlike, and they went to…

Green ‘N’ Clean Festival Of The Year: Boom Festival – Portugal
Artist’s Favourite European Festival: Melt! – Germany
Promoter Of The Year: Kilimanjaro/K2
Lifetime Achievement Award: Leif Skov

Commenting on this year’s bash, the second outing for the European version of these awards, the MD of Festival Awards Ltd, James Drury, told CMU: “With over 350,000 votes and a 37% increase in the number of events [voted for], our second edition demonstrated the breadth and strength of feeling among fans and festivals across the continent. This was a great celebration of the world leading festival scene”.

Meanwhile Christof Huber of festivals organisation YOUROPE, who support the awards, added: “It was a major step forward from last year’s awards. We are really looking forward to the next edition and are confident that they will continue to go from strength to strength”.