EFA13 LogoThis year’s awards have broken all records featuring over 360 festivals from 34 different countries, and more than 620,000 votes.

With more than 620,000 votes from festival fans all over the world and the judges votes in, we can now reveal the finalists for the 2013 European Festival Awards. The winners will be announced at a gala show on Wednesday 15th January 2014 at De Oosterpoort in Groningen, marking the opening of Eurosonic Noorderslag.

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’s awards have also broken all records featuring over 360 festivals from 34 different countries, and more than 620,000 votes.

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.

Christof Huber, Yourope, adds: “Festival teams work incredibly hard to produce the incredible array of events that Europe enjoys every year. Everyone who has made the finalists should be very proud of their achievements.”


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/

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 Noorderslag (Netherlands)
First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany)
I Love Techno (Belgium)
MAYDAY (Germany)
Metal Hammer Festival (Germany)
Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany)
Waves Vienna (Austria)

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
Imagine Dragons
Jake Bugg
Skip & Die

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 (Poland)

Headliner of the Year
Arctic Monkeys
Atoms for Peace
DieToten Hosen
Nick & 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 Konzertagenteur (Germany)

Best Small Festival
In association with IVS
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 (Belgium)
Rock Werchter (Belgium)
Sziget (Hungary)
Tomorrowland (Belgium)
Wacken Open Air (Germany)
Woodstock Festival (Poland)


Notes to Editors:

About Festival Awards Europe:
Established in 2009, in co-operation between Festival Awards Ltd,, Yourope (the European Festival Association) and Eurosonic Noorderslag, Festival Awards Europe is the only event 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. Decided by a combination of public vote and industry juries, the awards are presented at a sold out ceremony taking place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands. eu.festivalawards.com

About Yourope:
Founded in November 1998 – Today representing over 80 members from 26 countries. Yourope members are dedicated to improving the European festival scene in terms of: working conditions; health and safety issues; environmental awareness; exchange of knowledge and information; promoting the cross-border exchange of live music talent. The overall aim of the association is to collaborate, share experiences and to pinpoint areas that would benefit from a joint approach. Having gained respect within the industry and at government level, Yourope also has the power to lobby for all legal and industry issues relating to the European festival industry on behalf of its members and together with other associations in the live music business. Yourope also focuses on other key issues for festivals –such exchange of information regarding marketing and sponsoring, contracts, production riders or radio/TV/internet rights and more. http://www.yourope.org

About Eurosonic Noorderslag:
Eurosonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, with a proven track record for helping new acts break into the International music scene. Selling out each year Eurosonic Noorderslag attracts over 3,200 delegates, with showcases by more than 300 artists and a conference programme featuring 150 panels, keynote speakers, interviews, workshops, dinners, parties and meetings and the latest developments in the interactive media sector. www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl

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