The Winners!

And the Winners are…

Best Major Festival
sponsored by
Rock Werchter (Belgium)


Best Medium-Sized Festival
sponsored by

Paleo Festival Nyon (Switzerland)


Best Small Festival

Snowbombing (Austria)


Best New Festival

Mad Cool Festival (Spain)


Best Indoor Festival

Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)


Newcomer Of The Year
sponsored by

Dua Lipa


Headliner of the Year



Best Line Up
sponsored by

Primavera Sound


Artists’ Favourite Festival

Sziget Festival


Promoter Of The Year
sponsored by

Alter Art Poland


Agent of the Year
sponsored by

Natasha Bent


Award for Excellence and Passion

Christof Huber


Green Operations Award
sponsored by
Shambala Festival (Uk)


YES Group Health & Safety Innovation Award
sponsored by
Southside Festival (Germany)


The Brand Activation Award

sponsored by
UCLL and ENECO for the Smart Energy Grid at Pukkelpop (Sweden)


Lifetime Achievement Award
sponsored by

Daniel Panaitescu [Posthumous]

The European Festival Awards is an illustrious celebration of the continent’s most vibrant live events and all of those who make them happen. 

With a set of attendees as eclectic as they are respected, the European Festival Awards is widely considered to be the premier event for recognising the beloved industry’s collective achievements.

Last year’s event saw a record breaking edition with over 800,000 votes, and more than 350 festivals taking part from 50 different European countries.

The ceremony comprises 17 accolades, which are presented in succession to the winners – some decided by public vote and others by a select committee – amidst an atmosphere of excitement and maybe a little amicable rivalry. What’s more, the proceedings are punctuated with performances from the continent’s hottest emerging talent.

The European Festival Awards were established in 2009 in co-operation with Festival Awards Ltd, Yourope (the European Festival Association) and Eurosonic Noorderslag. The European Festival Awards show takes place in De Oosterpoort in Groningen, NL.