The first ever HELGA Awards were held at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg on the 27th September 2013 at the Imperial Theatre with over 270 invited guests who celebrated the seven category winners, who had all been chosen by a 45-member jury as the best in the German festival market. 1Live presenter Bianca Hauda and Festivalguide’s chief editor, Carsten Schumacher presented the award show. And the winners are:
Best booking: Haldern Pop
Most beautiful campsite: Haldern Pop
Most environmentally aware festival: Melt! Festival
Most creative fringe events: MS Dockville
Most surprising live performance: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best international festival: Tomorrowland
Best national festival (audience award): Nature One
Der Helga®, which was awarded for the first time in 2013, is presented by Festivalguide and Reeperbahn Festival. The jury includes a wide range of industry professionals. And why the ‘Helgas’ ? Well the story I was told was that it comes from a rather ‘merry’ young man who spent all night at a festival looking for his lost girlfriend called Helga … and by morning everyone was calling her name!
And here are the winners, hosts and award presenters at the Imperial Theatre in Hamburg!