European Festival Awards 2011 winners named

Coldplay and James Blake emerged winners of the Festival Awards Europe 2011 on Wednesday night in The Netherlands.

While Blake was named Best Newcomer at the ceremony in  Groningen, Chris Martin and Co. were victorious in the Best Headliner category as well as taking home Festival Anthem of the Year for ‘Viva Ka Vida’.

Glastonbury Festival organiser, Michael Eavis, was honoured with the YOUROPE Lifetime Achievement Award at the event with Hungary’s Sziget Festival taking Best Major European Festival, Poland’s Off Festival winning Best Medium-Sized European Festival and Haldern Pop in Germany named Best Small European Festival.

The Festival Awards Europe 2011 winners in full 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 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)

James Vincent McMorrow, Selah Sue and Dog is Dead all performed at the ceremony.

On receiving his lifetime achievement award Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis said: “42 years ago I started something on my farm towards the end of the flower power era in the 60’s 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.”