European Festival Awards 2012: the winners list in full

Photographer: Rebecca LaurenceChris Swindells on 10 January 2013

The European Festival Awards are held annually in the Dutch city of Groningen, on the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. This year the awards saw more than one million members of the public cast their vote and these votes helped to decide nine awards.

The winners were as follows:

Best Major Festival in association with Planet Festival:
Tomorrowland 2012 (Belgium)


Best Medium-sized Festival:
Heineken Balaton Sound 2012 (Hungary)

Best Small Festival:
Tauron New Music Festival 2012 (Poland)

Headliner of the Year:
Foo Fighters (USA)


Newcomer of the Year in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag:
Of Monsters and Men (Iceland)

Best European Festival line-up in association with ID&C:
Rock am Ring 2012 / Rock im Park 2012 (Germany)

Best Indoor Festival:
Sensation 2012 (Netherlands)

Festival Anthem of the Year:
Lykke Li - 'I Follow Rivers' (Sweden)


Best New Festival:
Electro Magnetic 2012 (Germany)

The following winners were chosen by an industry jury, which included prominent journalists, booking agents, managers, artists and promoters:

The Lifetime Achievement Award in association with IVS and IQ Magazine:
Herman Schueremans (Live Nation Belgium)

Promoter of the Year in association with Audience Magazine:
Pukkelpop 2012 (Belgium)

Artists' Favourite Festival:
Roskilde 2012 (Denmark)

Green Operating Award in association with Go Group and Yourope:
We Love Green 2012 (France)

Steve Jenner, Festival Awards co-founder, after the awards said: "This edition of the European Festival Awards has been a great and much needed celebration for the industry as a united whole. A significant increase in events rallying to take part suggests a healthy display of confidence, competitiveness and pride. The staggering number of public votes received shows that people?s appetites for festivals have never been greater. In the face of toughening conditions, the forecast still looks bright for Europe's festival market".

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