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European Festival Awards presented

By | Published on Thursday 10 January 2013

European Festival Awards

With the Eurosonic convention and showcase festival now up and running over there in Gronigen, last night the Festival Awards Europe were dished out, the pan-European version of the UK Festival Awards. Over a million festival-goers voted this year, and, in a nod to the good old EDM boom of 2012, a dance festival took the Best Major Festival prize for the very first time, in the form of Belgium’s Tomorrowland. Dance events also won Best Indoor Festival and Best New Festival, Dutch event Sensation and Germany’s Electro Magnetic respectively.

Commenting, Festival Awards co-founder Steve Jenner told CMU: “This edition of the European Festival Awards has been a great and much needed celebration for the industry as a united whole. A significant increase in events rallying to take part suggests a healthy display of confidence, competitiveness and pride. The staggering number of public votes received shows that people’s appetites for festivals have never been greater. In the face of toughening conditions, the forecast still looks bright for Europe’s festival market”.

And look, have a list of winners…

Best Major Festival: Tomorrowland (Belgium)
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Heineken Balaton Sound (Hungary)
Best Small Festival: Tauron New Music Festival (Poland)
Best European Festival Line-Up: Rock Am Ring/ Rock Im Park (Germany)
Best Indoor Festival: Sensation (Netherlands)
Best New Festival: Electro Magnetic (Germany)
Headliner Of The Year: Foo Fighters
Newcomer Of The Year: Of Monsters And Men
Festival Anthem Of The Year: Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers

The Lifetime Achievement Award: Herman Schueremans (Live Nation Belgium)
Promoter Of The Year: Pukkelpop (Belgium)
Artists’ Favourite Festival: Roskilde (Denmark)
Green Operations Award: We Love Green (France)