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Iberian Festival Awards 2016: The winners

Primavera Sound was a triple winner at Thursday's inaugural Iberian Festival Awards at Talkfest in Lisbon, with Bilbao BBK Live and Vodafone also picking up two prizes

By IQ on 07 Mar 2016

Iberian Festival Awards 2016

While Team IQ were busy reporting from the 28th International Live Music Conference, the Iberian Festival Awards, a new sister event to the UK and European Festival Awards, crowned its first winners.

The awards were presented on Thursday 3 March at the Talkfest International Music Festivals Forum in Lisbon.

Each category included a winner from each country – one each for Spain (ES) and Portugal (PT) – from which was chosen an overall winner (highlighted in bold).

In addition, there was an ‘excellence award’ presented to Portuguese journalist Miguel Cadete, a writer for Blitz and Expresso.

The winning festivals were:


Best major festival

  • Primavera Sound (ES)
  • FMM Sines (PT)

Best medium-sized festival

  • Bons Sons (PT)
  • Mundaka Festival (ES)

Best small festival

  • Flower Power Fest (PT)
  • Arrecife en Vivo (ES)

Best tourist promotion (sponsored by BTL)

  • Primavera Sound (ES)
  • AgitÁgueda Art Festival (PT)

Best new festival

  • Mundaka Festival (ES)
  • Flower Power Fest (PT)

Best line-up

  • FFM Sines (PT)
  • Resurrection Fest (ES)

Best campsite

  • Bilbao BBK Live (ES)
  • Sumol Summer Fest (PT)

Best indoor festival

  • Party Sleep Repeat (PT)
  • Madrid Live Festival (ES)

Best service provider

  • Sleep’em’All (PT)
  • Ticketea (ES)

Best cultural programme

  • Cruilla Barcelona (ES)
  • FMM Sines (PT)

Best communication

  • Primavera Sound (ES)
  • Sumol Summer Fest (PT)

Best brand activation

  • Vodafone (PT)
  • Estrela Damm (ES)

Best use of technology

  • Ticketea (ES)
  • EDP/Desafio Global (PT)

Best media partner

  • Vodafone FM (PT)
  • Radio 3 (ES)

Best hosting and reception (sponsored by We Have Ideas)

  • Piknic Electronik Lisboa (PT)
  • Festival Jardins Palau Reial Pedralbes (ES)

Best infrastructure

  • Bilbao BBK Live (ES)
  • Nos Primavera Sound/Filpalcos (PT)

Contribution to sustainability (sponsored by Alma Verde)

  • Bons Sons (PT)
  • Estrella de Levante SOS 48 (ES)

Best live performance (Portugal/Spain)

  • Vetusta Morla, Medusa Sunbeach (ES)
  • Buraka som Sistema, Meo Sudoeste (PT)

Best live performance (international)

  • Muse, NOS Alive (PT)
  • Cypress Hill, Alrumbo (ES)