Europe’s best music festivals, artists and promoters of 2014 have been revealed at the 6th annual European Festival Awards at Eurosonic Noorderslag.
Celebrating the cream of the European festival industry, the ceremony also featured some of the hottest new European artists with performances from Danish electro-pop sensation MØ, London-based R&B musician Jack Garratt and Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora Asknes.
Hungary’s Sziget Festival reclaimed its title of Best Major Festival (after its previous win in 2012), with Belgium scooping multiple gongs in the form of Best Indoor Festival (I Love Techno), Promoter Of The Year (Live Nation Belgium) and also Best Newcomer Artist (Stromae).
The United Kingdom had a higher profile than usual with Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award (as previously announced), Glastonbury winning Best Line-Up and the Arctic Monkeys scooping not one but two awards (Best Headliner and Anthem Of The Summer, the latter for ‘R U Mine’).
The event honoured its first ever winner from Montenegro with Sea Dance Festival, organised by the Serbian team behind Exit, awarded Best Medium-Sized Festival. Meanwhile, Spain’s Primavera Sound was declared the Artists’ Favourite Festival, whilst Best Small Festival went to Poland’s Tauron Nowa Muzyka.
The full list of Festival Awards winners were….
Best Small Festival Festival
Tauron Nowa Muzyka (Poland)
Best Indoor Festival
I Love Techno (Belgium)
Green Operations Award in association with Yourope and The GO Group
Roskilde Festival and Stop Wasting Food (Denmark)
Best Newcomer Act
Artists’ Favourite Festival
Primavera Sound (Spain)
Best New Festival
Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands)
Anthem Of The Year
Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine’
The Health & Safety Innovation Award in association with The YES Group and ICM&SS
MOJO/LOC Festivals (The Netherlands)
Best Medium-Sized Festival in association with Eventbrite
Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)
Promoter Of The Year
Live Nation (Belgium)
Glastonbury Festival (United Kingdom)
Arctic Monkeys (United Kingdom)
Best Major Festival in association with PlugGo
Sziget Festival (Hungary)
The Lifetime Achievement Award
Melvin Benn (United Kingdom)
The Award for Excellence And Passion in association with Yourope
Rikke Øxner (Denmark)