Nominations for the European Festival Awards are out, with the Awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday January 15th at the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and festival in Groningen. Festival Awards boss James Drury told us “This has been a record-breaking year for the European Festival Awards and the hardest-fought competition we’ve had. There have been so many wonderful festivals involved from across Europe and it’s testament to the passion of the festival-goers that there has been such a level of engagement”. The star studded show – which last year featured Jake Bugg and C2C, who are both nominated for best newcomer in 2014, is hosted by Ben Challis:
And those nominees are:
Best Small Festival: 8 Tauron Festiwal Nowa Muzyka (Poland), Blues In Hell (Norway), Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 (Ireland), Dimensions Festival (Croatia), Feest In Het Park (Belgium), First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany), FUSION Festival (Romania), Indiependence (Ireland), Mini-Rock-Festival (Germany), The Garden Festival (Croatia).
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Balaton Sound (Hungary), Berlin Festival (Germany), Deichbrand Festival (Germany), Electric Castle Festival (Romania), I Love Techno (Belgium), Kubana (Russia), Lokerse Feesten Festival (Belgium), Melt! Festival (Germany), Positivus Festival (Latvia), VOLT Festival (Hungary).
Best Major Festival: Dour Festival (Belgium), EXIT Festival (Serbia), Hurricane/Southside (Germany), Open’er Festival (Poland), Pukkelpop (Blegium), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Sziget (Hungary), Tomorrowland (Belgium), Wacken Open Air (Germany), Woodstock Festival (Poland).
Best New Festival: B.my.Lake (Hungary), Burning Eagle Festival (Germany), First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany), Groove Music Festival (Ireland), Last Summer Dance (Luxembourg), Metal Hammer Festival (Germany), Snowboxx (Andorra), Solar Ibiza (Spain), WeitjeRock (Netherlands), Your’in (Belgium).
Best Indoor Festival: Blues In Hell (Norway), Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 (Ireland), Doomsday Festival (Belgium), Eurosonic Noorderslag (Netherlands), First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany), I Love Techno (Belgium), MAYDAY (Germany), Metal Hammer Festival (Germany), Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany), Waves Vienna (Austria).
Artist’s Favourite European Festival: Glastonbury (UK), Lowlands (Netherlands), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Park Live Moscow (Russia), Primavera (Spain), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Roskilde (Denmark), Sziget (Hungary), Woodstock (Poland).
Best European Festival Line-Up: Berlin Festival (Germany), Glastonbury (UK), Hurricane / Southside (Germany), Latitude (UK), Positivus (Latvia), Primavera Sound (Spain), Rock am Ring/Rock im Park (Germany), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Roskilde (Denmark), Sziget (Hungary).
Festival Anthem Of The Year: Bastille – Pompeii, Blur – Song 2, Daft Punk – Get Lucky, Die Toten Hosen – Tage Wie Dieser, Disclosure – White Noise, Imagine Dragons – Radioactive, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop, Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye), The Lumineers – Ho Hey, The National – Demons.
Headliner Of The Year: Arctic Monkeys, Atoms For Peace, Björk, Blur, DieToten Hosen, Editors, Nick & The Bad Seeds, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, The xx.
Newcomer Of The Year: Bastille, C2C, Chvrches, Disclosure, HAIM, Imagine Dragons, Jake Bugg, Metz, Skip & Die, Woodkid.
Promoter Of The Year: Alter Art (Poland), FKP Scorpio (Germany), Live Nation Europe, Primavera Sound (Spain), Marek Lieberberg Konzertagenteur (Germany)
The Green Operations Award: Bestival (UK), Fusion (Germany), Rock For People (Czech Republic), Shambala Festival (UK), Tollwood Festival (Germany), Way Out West (Sweden).
(Safety) Innovation Award: Opener Festival (Poland), Paleo Festival (Switzerland), Wacken Festival (Germany).
Lookig at the Green Operations Award, jury member Jacob Bilabel (Go Group co-founder / Green Music Initiative) said: “This year’s Green Operations Award shortlist should have been much longer with so many innovative trailblazers from all over Europe making it hard not to award all of them for doing things smarter and greener. The chosen festivals represent state of the art approaches to the most pressing issues in live entertainment for others to follow.”