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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
By IQ on 18 Jan 2018
Roskilde Festival, Sziget, MENT Ljubljana, ATC Live agent Alex Bruford and Lollapalooza Berlin festival director Fruzsina Szép were among the winners at the ninth European Festival Awards, which took place last night at Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands.
Hosted one again by IQ editor Gordon Masson and Glastonbury Festival/Yourope lawyer Ben Challis, the awards recognised excellence in 15 categories, including the new Take a Stand award, in association with Yourope’s Take a Stand initiative.
Hungary’s Sziget and Serbia’s Exit Festival took home the two big gongs – line-up of the year and best major festival, respectively – while while an emotional Szép was presented with the award for excellence and passion. Bruford won agent of the year, in association with IQ, and Paléo Festival Nyon founder Daniel Rossellat the award for lifetime achievement.
Hörstmann’s GoodLive, formerly Melt! Booking, was named best promoter, while Slovakia’s Pohoda was recognised for its environmental credentials, winning its first Festival Award for green operations. Slovenia’s MENT Ljubljana was recognised as best small festival and best indoor festival.
Performances on the night came from Dutch singer Naaz, Belgian Jeff Buckley-a-like Tamino and Finnish duo Alma.
A full list of winners is below:
Best New Festival
In association with CGA
Wacken Winter Nights
The Green Operations Award
In association with Go Group
Line-Up of the Year
In association with Faceculture
Best Indoor Festival
Newcomer of the Year
In association with Eurosonic Noorderslag
Agent of the Year
In association with IQ
Alex Bruford (ATC Live)
Promoter of the Year
The Brand Activation Award
In association with Emac
The Miele Powerwash at Lowlands Festival
Best Small Festival
The Health and Safety Innovation Award
In association with Yes Group
Paléo Festival Nyon & Roskilde Festival
Best Medium-Sized Festival
In association with Eventbrite
Down the Rabbit Hole
The Take a Stand Award
In association with Take a Stand
Best Major Festival
The Award for Excellence & Passion
The Lifetime Achievement Award
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