Introducing The European Festival Awards

Netherlands Netherlands | 19 June 2009

We are very excited to be involved in the creation of this unique and special event that seeks to bring together the incredible, vibrant and diverse festival community of Europe across international borders, to be celebrated as one. There are more than 3000 amazing music festivals in mainland Europe. We thought it was about time the people who make them so special are recognised on a continental level for all their hard work.

Luckily our friends at YOUROPE (The European Festival Association) and the Eurosonic guys agree, and they've teamed up with us to make this brilliant thing happen.

The European Festival Awards will take place at at Eurosonic (a big conference and showcase event for the live music industry) in the town of Groningen, Netherlands, on Wednesday, January 13th 2010.

Building on the success of our UK Festival Awards, running since 2004, the European awards will celebrate the massive and diverse European music festival landscape (outside of the UK) which comprises more than 3000 events each year.

Similar to the UK awards, categories will include a mixture of festival-related themes such as “Best Major/ Medium and Small European Festival”, “Best Line-Up”, “Best New Festival” as well as artist ones like “Festival Anthem of The Year” and “Best Newcomer”.

There will also be awards for the “Artists’ Favourite Festival”, “Promoter of the Year” and a “Lifetime Achievement Award”. The full list of categories will be announced in due course.

Most of the winners will be decided by a public vote on the Virtual Festivals Europe website in the autumn, and the gongs will be awarded at the ceremony in the Grand Theatre at Eurosonic. Tickets to the European Festival Awards, which will include a drinks reception, buffet dinner, live performances and an aftershow party will be exclusively available, on a strict first-come-first-served basis, to EuroSonic delegates.

To register for EuroSonic Noorderslag 2010: click here.

EuroSonic Director Peter Smidt says: “These awards make a lot of sense. We are very happy and proud to welcome the European festival Awards at the EuroSonic Noorderslag 2010 edition. With so many festivals and the ETEP program already present at our conference it seems like the logical place and it feels like a homecoming. We have a great working relationship with Yourope. We look forward to develop the same with Virtual Festivals and make the European Festival Awards a big success!” 

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