European Festival Awards shortlist announced22 December 2009
UK: The final set of winners will be determined primarily by a public vote, reports David Davies. The shortlists in the Best Major, Medium Sized, Small and New Festival categories were shaped by 30,000-plus music fans, while a panel of industry experts – including Music Week’s Christopher Barrett and IQ editor/occasional PSNE contributor Greg Parmley – produced the roll-calls for Best European Festival Line-Up, Best Artist Newcomer, Best Headline Artist and Anthem of the Year.
Voting will close on December 30. The winners of these eight categories – along with four others to be determined by applicable members of the industry panel – will be announced during the gala ceremony at The Grand Theatre, Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen on January 13.
Exit, Glastonbury, Sonisphere, Rock Werchter and Electric Picnic are among the nominees in the festival categories, while the artist-based fields include nods for Paloma Faith, Blur, Neil Young and Lily Allen.
The full rundown is available through the link below. Votes can be registered in any number of the eight categories, while by making a submission it is possible to enter a competition to win two tickets to every award-winning festival.
Event co-founder Steve Jenner (pictured) tells PSN-e: "The European music festival marketplace is currently undergoing explosive growth, similar to the phenomenon that occurred in the UK over the last decade, but on an exponentially larger scale. This is catalysed by both the great shift towards live as a way of consuming music, as well as the global social affinity for communal experience. Whereas, online, this accounts for the accompanying social networking revolution, festivals represent one of the most significant offline expressions of this movement and the sheer quantity and amazing diversity of events across the continent – from the established Western territories to new destinations sprouting up – underlines this (particularly in Eastern Europe where Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic will all have major festivals in 2010). Our aim for the European Festival Awards is to provide a central platform to help unite and celebrate this incredible cultural force so that it can strengthen and mature as effectively as possible, with the recognition it deserves."