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European Festival Awards noms out

By | Published on Tuesday 10 December 2013

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Hey, if you thought you’d used up your Festival Awards fun-time allocation for another year with last week’s UK Festival Awards, think again you lucky people you. Because there’s still the European Festival Awards to come. And they’ll take place, once again, during the festivities of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Gronigen next month. Woooosh.

And to get you in the mood, the nominations for this year’s European festival back-slapping bash are now out, based on the 620,000 votes made by festival fans around the world, and some input from one of those ‘panel of experts’ that the kids are always talking about. We’re going to put all the noms in a list for you shortly, but not before Festival Awards boss James Drury has his moment in the CMU Daily Awards News spotlight.

Here he goes: “This has been a record-breaking year for the European Festival Awards and the hardest-fought competition we’ve had. There have been so many wonderful festivals involved from across Europe and it’s testament to the passion of the festival-goers that there has been such a level of engagement. I can’t wait to reveal the winners at the awards ceremony on 15 Jan”.

Best Small Festival: 8 Tauron Festiwal Nowa Muzyka (Poland), Blues In Hell (Norway), Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 (Ireland), Dimensions Festival (Croatia), Feest In Het Park (Belgium), First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany), FUSION Festival (Romania), Indiependence (Ireland), Mini-Rock-Festival (Germany), The Garden Festival (Croatia).

Best Medium-Sized Festival: Balaton Sound (Hungary), Berlin Festival (Germany), Deichbrand Festival (Germany), Electric Castle Festival (Romania), I Love Techno (Belgium), Kubana (Russia), Lokerse Feesten Festival (Belgium), Melt! Festival (Germany), Positivus Festival (Latvia), VOLT Festival (Hungary).

Best Major Festival: Dour Festival (Belgium), EXIT Festival (Serbia), Hurricane/Southside (Germany), Open’er Festival (Poland), Pukkelpop (Blegium), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Sziget (Hungary), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Wacken Open Air (Germany), Woodstock Festival (Poland).

Best New Festival: (Hungary), Burning Eagle Festival (Germany), First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany), Groove Music Festival (Ireland), Last Summer Dance (Luxembourg), Metal Hammer Festival (Germany), Snowboxx (Andorra), Solar Ibiza (Spain), WeitjeRock (Netherlands), Your’in (Belgium).

Best Indoor Festival: Blues In Hell (Norway), Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 (Ireland), Doomsday Festival (Belgium), Eurosonic Noorderslag (Netherlands), First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany), I Love Techno (Belgium), MAYDAY (Germany), Metal Hammer Festival (Germany), Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany), Waves Vienna (Austria).

Artist’s Favourite European Festival: Glastonbury (UK), Lowlands (Netherlands), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Park Live Moscow (Russia), Primavera (Spain), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Roskilde (Denmark), Sziget (Hungary), Woodstock (Poland).

Best European Festival Line-Up: Berlin Festival (Germany), Glastonbury (UK), Hurricane / Southside (Germany), Latitude (UK), Positivus (Latvia), Primavera Sound (Spain), Rock am Ring/Rock im Park (Germany), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Roskilde (Denmark), Sziget (Hungary).

Festival Anthem Of The Year: Bastille – Pompeii, Blur – Song 2, Daft Punk – Get Lucky, Die Toten Hosen – Tage Wie Dieser, Disclosure – White Noise, Imagine Dragons – Radioactive, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop, Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye), The Lumineers – Ho Hey, The National – Demons.

Headliner Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys, Atoms For Peace, Björk, Blur, DieToten Hosen, Editors, Nick & The Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, The xx.

Newcomer Of The Year: Bastille, C2C, Chvrches, Disclosure, HAIM, Imagine Dragons, Jake Bugg, Metz, Skip & Die, Woodkid.

Promoter Of The Year: Alter Art (Poland), FKP Scorpio (Germany), Live Nation Europe, Primavera Sound (Spain), Marek Lieberberg Konzertagenteur (Germany)

The Green Operations Award: Bestival (UK), Fusion (Germany), Rock For People (Czech Republic), Shambala Festival (UK), Tollwood Festival (Germany), Way Out West (Sweden).

(Safety) Innovation Award: Opener Festival (Poland), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Wacken Festival (Germany).