More than 350,000 votes helped to determine the results of this year’s Festival Awards Europe, which took place last week at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands.
In excess of 200 events were in the running at a ceremony that ultimately brought particular recognition for German and Belgian events.
Determined by a blend of public vote and industry juries, Festival Awards Europe is dedicated to recognising the achievements of event organisers and performing artists across the diverse festival landscape.
The winners of this year’s event were as follows:
Best Major European Festival – Sziget Festival (Hungary)
Best Medium-Sized European Festival – Off Festival (Poland)
Best Small European Festival – Haldern Pop (Germany)
Best New European Festival – Extrema Outdoor (Belgium)
Best Indoor Festival – I Love Techno (Belgium)
Best European Festival Line-Up – Rock Werchter (Belgium)
YOUROPE Green ‘N’ Clean Festival Of The Year – Melt! (Germany)
Artist’s Favourite European Festival – Southside / Hurricane (Germany)
Best Newcomer in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag – James Blake
Best Headliner – Coldplay
Festival Anthem of the Year – Coldplay, ‘Viva La Vida’
Virtual Festivals Europe presents Promoter Of The Year – FKP Scorpio (Germany)
YOUROPE Lifetime Achievement Award – Michael Eavis, Glastonbury (UK)
Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis was among those to express delight at the recognition. “Forty-two years ago I started something on my farm towards the end of the flower power era in the ‘60s and we had less than a thousand people and now we have 150,000 people registered to buy a ticket for 2013. Thank you very much to everyone and thanks to all the people who have been involved in our show and thanks to all the people who buy tickets every year. I hope there are a few more years to go yet; another 10 years maybe.”
James Drury, MD of Festival Awards Ltd, which organises the Awards, reflected: “The further growth of the European festival awards and another record-breaking event highlights just how important festivals are to people across the continent. It’s testament to the hard work and passion of everyone involved with festivals that they continue to be so popular. With Glastonbury being the inspiration for so many festivals, I was especially delighted to welcome Michael Eavis to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been seminal in the success of the festival scene in the world.”
IMAGE CREDIT: Mike Breeuwer