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European Festival Awards SHORTLISTS Revealed

The European Festival Awards returns to Groningen, Holland on 15th January

The European Festival Awards returns to Groningen, Holland on 15th January

More than 360 festivals from 34 different countries applied to take part in this year’s European Festival Awards. With over 620,000 votes  cast from festival fans all over the world and the judges’ votes in, we can now reveal the finalists…

YES Group H&S Innovation Award In association with the YES Group and ICM&SS

Opener Festival – Poland

Commended for good practice at the festival in relation to safety

Paleo Festival – Switzerland

For their year on year development of innovative activities to support health and safety onsite, including the electronic tracking of security and changes made to parts of the festival to make it safer relating to ingress and staging

Wacken Festival – Germany

Commended for bringing in outside agencies to audit all of their health and safety activities


Best New Festival

  • B.my.Lake (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)

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

Best Indoor Festival

  • Blues in Hell (Norway)
  • Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 (Ireland)
  • Doomsday Festival (Belgium)
  • Eurosonic Noordeslag (Netherlands)
  • First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany)
  • I Love Techno (Belgium)
  • MAYDAY (Germany)
  • Metal Hammer Festival (Germany)
  • Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany)
  • Waves Vienna & Bratislava (Austria & Slovakia)

The Green Operations Award - In association with the GO Group

  • Bestival (UK)
  • Fusion (Germany)
  • Rock For People (Czech Republic)
  • Shambala Festival (UK)
  • Tollwood Festival (Germany)
  • Way Out West (Sweden)

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)

Newcomer of the Year - In association with Eurosonic Noorderslag

  • Bastille
  • C2C
  • Chvrches
  • Disclosure
  • HAIM
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Jake Bugg
  • Metz
  • Skip & Die
  • Woodkid

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 Festival (Poland)

Headliner of the Year

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Atoms for Peace
  • Björk
  • Blur
  • DieToten Hosen
  • Editors
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The xx 

Promoter Of The Year

  • Alter Art – Poland
  • FKP Scorpio – Germany
  • Live Nation Europe
  • Primavera Sound – Spain
  • Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur – Germany

Best Small Festival - In association with Intelligent Venue Solutions

  • 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 - In association with Eventbrite

  • 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)

Presented in association with YOUROPE and Eurosonic Noorderslag the European Festival Awards are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

This year the winners were decided by a combination of public votes and the EFA jury – made up of journalists, booking agents, festival organisers – who had a 25 per cent say in the final outcome of the public voted categories. 

Platinum tickets include a delicious 3 course gourmet meal before the show, a seat on a table, complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks and access to the aftershow party. Tickets sold-out before the event for the last 2 years, so book early to avoid disappointment. To order a whole table, please purchase 10 Platinum tickets.

Buy tickets here: eu.festivalawards.com/tickets/

James Drury, MD of Festival Awards Ltd, which organises the Awards said: “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 15th January.”