Established in 2009, in co-operation between Festival Awards LtdYourope (the European Festival Association) and Eurosonic NoorderslagFestival Awards Europe is the only event solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

Decided by a combination of public vote and industry juries, the awards are presented at a sold out ceremony taking place at Groningen’s De Oosterpoort in The Netherlands. This year saw a record breaking edition with over 1.2 million festival-goers casting votes and more than 350 festivals from 35 countries taking part.

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About Festival Awards Ltd.

Festival Awards Ltd is an independent company founded in the UK. We produce the Festival Awards Europe in partnership with Yourope and Eurosonic Noorderslag, as well as the UK Festival Awards and UK Festival Conference.

What are the Festival Awards?

The Festival Awards is an opportunity to recognise the hard work, vision and creativity of the festival industry, through fan voting and judging panels made up of experts.

The majority of the Awards are voted for by the general public through our online platform. Voters can choose to be entered into our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning two tickets to every winning festival for the following year.

The remaining Awards are decided by panels of renowned and well-travelled journalists, booking agents and other industry experts.

In order to create a level playing field for events, no matter what their capacity, voting is weighted based on capacity and the number of tickets sold.

Festival Awards Ltd believes in bringing together the festival industry as a whole, to celebrate and champion its remarkable impact on the cultural, economic and social lives of people across the world.

Click here for a full list of the awards and how they are judged.

Why take part in the Festival Awards?

Apart from the chance to win a prestigious and internationally recognised award, it’s a great opportunity to maintain a conversation with your audience, by engaging with them using social media throughout the voting process – in the normally quiet autumn/winter months.

Of course, if your event wins an Award, the fact it’s been given the stamp of approval by festival-goers is something you’ll be able to use on all future marketing. Previous winners have experienced other benefits, from increased revenues through merchandise, tickets and sponsorships, to a higher profile with artists, booking agents and other festival fans.  Whether your festival needs this or not, it’s still an accolade to be extremely proud of.

The Festival Awards events are a unique opportunity for people working in and with the festival industry to get together to create effective business relationships, forge friendships and collectively come up with solutions to commonly-experienced issues. This makes the industry stronger as a whole, and better for everyone.


  • Chance to win internationally-recognised award
  • Engage with your community through the quitter winter months
  • Increased revenue
  • Greater profile among artists, booking agents and other festival-goers
  • Develop vital and long-lasting relationships
  • Strengthen the festival industry as a united force

What happens to the data you collect about my festival(s)?

The information you provide us is used so we can communicate with you about the progress of your nomination, to give you information about the Awards and Conference. It is also used so we can weight voting, meaning there is a level playing field for all events, no matter what their capacity.

We do not pass on your information to anyone outside Festival Awards Ltd.

What happens to the data you collect from voters?

We collect email addresses and social media data from voters so we can communicate with them about the voting process and send them news about Festival Awards. We do not share that information with anyone without their permission.