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October 2012



The European Festival Awards return to Groningen, public voting begins

Following last year’s sell-out success, the European Festival Awards will return to the Oosterpoort Congress Centre, Groningen, Holland for its fourth edition, crowning the opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and festival on Wednesday 9th January 2013.

The event, created as a platform to celebrate and recognise the colossal vision, creativity and hard work which goes into producing Europe’s magnificent festival scene each year, will unite the continental festival industry under one roof for a unique opportunity to socialize, network and let its hair down in the wake of a challenging and eventful year for the sector.

The winners, decided by a combination of public and industry vote, will be revealed and presented with their accolades at the gala ceremony, which features a big-name host, gourmet dinner, drinks reception, live entertainment and a lively aftershow party.

Public voting runs from Friday 5th to Wednesday 7th November to decide the winners of categories such as Best Major, Medium-Sized and Small European Festival; Best New Festival; Best European Line-Up; Best Headliner and Anthem of the Summer. The top 10 shortlists will be revealed on Monday 5th November. More than 250 European Festivals representing 33 countries have applied to take part in this year’s awards.

Voting takes place at:

Some more specialised categories will be decided by an industry jury consisting of prominent booking agents, journalists and other seasoned experts.

Steve Jenner, co-founder, Festival Awards Ltd. Comments: “It’s an honour and a privilege to once again be hosting these celebrations for the great European festival producers; many of which have had a tough time this year in their commitment to entertaining the many millions of festival-goers around the continent. We look forward to giving these people a party worthy of the super-heroes they undoubtedly are.”

Christof Huber, Chairman, Yourope – The European Festival Association adds: “The Festival Awards Europe are getting more and more important for the European Festival industry as a recognition and motivation for many promoters who do a fantastic job during the year. On the other hand, it’s a great opportunity to gather with all the festivals promoters from all over Europe and enjoy a great night out.”

Peter Smidt, Creative Director Eurosonic Noorderslag comments: “With the European Border Breakers Awards and the European Festival Awards in a row it is a perfect opening evening of Eurosonic Noorderslag – The European Music Conference and showcase Festival.”