European Festival Awards noms out

By | Published on Thursday 25 November 2010

The final shortlists are out for the European Festival Awards, which is the Euro version of the UK Festival Awards that took place in London last week. These ones are handed out at a bash held during the Eurosonic festival in Groningen in January. Festival-goers from all over the continent are now encouraged to vote at

Here are your shortlists:

Best Major European Festival: Heineken Open’er Festival – Poland, Oxegen Festival – Ireland, Hurricane Festival – Germany, Pukkelpop – Belgium, Roskilde Festival – Denmark, EXIT Festival – Serbia, Sonisphere Festival – Turkey, Wacken Open Air – Germany, Sziget Festival – Hungary, Rock Werchter – Belgium.

Best Medium-Sized European Festival: Area 4 Festival – Germany, Coke Live Music Festival – Poland, Couleur Cafe Festival – Belgium, Dour Festival – Belgium, Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival – Ireland, Lokerse Feesten – Belgium, Melt! Festival – Germany, OFF Festival – Poland, Øyafestivalen – Norway, Pohoda festival – Slovakia.

Best Small European Festival: 5 Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival – Poland, Boogie Brain International Music Festival – Poland, Castlepalooza Music & Arts Festival – Ireland, Absolutely Free Festival – Belgium, Indiependence festival – Ireland, LB27 Reggae Camp – Hungary, Leffingeleuren – Belgium, Reeds Festival – Switzerland, Trænafestivalen – Norway, Zeverrock Festival – Belgium.

Best New European Festival: Daydream Festival – Belgium, E-tropolis Festival – Germany, Once upon a Festival – Belgium, Sonisphere Festival – Czech Republic, Sonisphere Festival – Poland, Sonisphere Festival – Turkey, Stop Making Sense – Croatia, Temple House Festival – Ireland, The Big Snow Festival – Andorra, Zita Rock Festival – Germany.

Best Indoor Festival: Amsterdam Dance Event – Netherlands, Blues In Hell – Norway, Eurosonic Noorderslag – Netherlands, I Love Techno – Belgium, Le Printemps de Bourges – France, Montreux Jazz Festival – Switzerland, Reeperbahn Festival – Germany, Rolling Stone Weekender – Germany, Sensation  – Poland, Springfestival – Austria.

Best European Festival Line-Up: Bestival – UK, Gurten Festival – Switzerland, Haldern Pop – Germany, Melt! Festival – Germany, Open Air St Gallen – Switzerland, Oxegen – Ireland, Rock Am Ring – Germany, Rock Werchter – Belgium, Roskilde – Denmark, Snowbombing – Austria.

Best Newcomer: Die Antwoord, Florence And The Machine, Jamaica, Mumford & Sons, The Gaslight Anthem, The XX, Two Doors Cinema Club, Villagers, White Lies, Yeasayer.

Best Headliner: AC/DC, Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, Jay Z, Muse, Pearl Jam, Prince, Rammstein, Robyn, Stevie Wonder.

Festival Anthem of the Year: Biffy Clyro – Many of Horror, Editors – No Sound But The Wind, Florence And The Machine – You Got The Love, Jay-Z – Empire State of Mind, Kasabian – Underdog, LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls, Mumford & Sons  – Little Lion Man, Muse – Uprising, Robyn – Dancing On My Own, Yeasayer – One.