Final shortlists for European Festival Awards revealed

Final shortlists for European Festival Awards revealed

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, the organisation can now reveal the finalists.


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.


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

  • (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)

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