The ninth awards saw double wins for Roskilde and MENT, Pohoda's first award, an agent of the year accolade for Alex Bruford and much more
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Lollapalooza Berlin, Telekom Volt and Sziget in Hungary and Romania's Untold are among this year's champions
By IQ on 14 Jan 2016
The European Festival Awards returned for the seventh time last night on the eve of Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen.
A total of sixteen awards were presented, with two special awards – the excellence and passion award and lifetime achievement award – given respectively to festival safety pioneer Dr Chris Kemp and Trans Musicales founders Jean-Louis Brossard and Beatrice Mace.
Music came courtesy of Kovacs (Netherlands), White (UK), Festival Youth (Latvia) and the Natural Peace & Love Orchestra, a live music industry supergroup comprising Christof Huber of Yourope, Fruzsina Szep of Lollapalooza Berlin, Ivan Milivojev of Exit Festival, Philippe Cornu of Gruten Festival, host Ben Challis, Steve Jenner of Playpass, Holger Jan Schmidt of Go Group and our very own Gordon Masson.
A full list of winners is below.
Best major festival (in association with Charge Candy)
Untold Festival, Romania
Best medium-sized festival (in association with Eventbrite)
Telekom Volt Festival, Hungary
Best small festival
Happiness Festival, Germany
Best new festival
Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany
Best indoor festival
Les Transardentes, Belgium
Festival anthem of the year
‘Lean On’ by Major Lazer
Newcomer of the year (in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag)
The Prodigy, UK
Best lineup (in association with IFF)
Artists’ favourite festival
Rock Werchter, Belgium
Promoter of the year (in association with Bucks New University)
Horstmann Unternehmensgruppe, Germany
Agent of the year
Emma Banks, CAA, UK
Green operations award (in association with Go Group and Yourope)
Tollwood Festival, Germany
Yes Group H&S innovation award
Das Fest, Germany
Excellence and passion award
Chris Kemp, UK
Lifetime achievement award (in association with PlayPass/PayPal)
Jean-Louis Brossard and Beatrice Mace, France