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The Awards

Team EXIT, winners of Best Major Festival in 2013

Team EXIT, winners of Best Major Festival in 2013

From 2013, the winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and the EFA jury – made up of journalists, booking agents, festival organisers – who will have a 25 per cent say in the final outcome of the public voted categories.

This is how it works:

The top 10 as judged by the public get 4 points according to their place like this:

1 = 40 points
2 = 36 points
3 = 32 points
4 = 28 points
5 = 24 points
6 = 20 points
7 = 16 points
8 = 12 points
9 = 8 points
10 = 4 points

The jury votes give 1 point per place like this;

1 = 10 points
2 = 9 points
3 = 8 points, etc.

So, as an example; The festival which was 4th most popular in the public vote has 28 points. It judged to be the best by the jury and gets an additional 10 points, bringing its total to 38 points. Once all the points have been calculated the winner is the one with the most points.

The following awards are decided in this way, incorporating an online public vote:

Best Major European Festival
in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions

The giants of the festival world playing host to the world’s biggest acts, tens of thousands of people and multiple arenas across sites that sprawl for acres. Like popup small cities, the largest festivals are a regular pilgrimage and a rite of passage for many. But which one is the best of the big daddies?
2013 winner: EXIT (Serbia) 

Roskilde founder Leif Skov celebrates the Lifetime Achievement Award – 2010

Best Medium-Sized European Festival

Not as large as the giants, but by no means in their shadow, these colourful and diverse events provide a more boutique feel, and a more intimate experience. Many start life much smaller, but have grown to this size due to their popularity. Some will keep expanding and join the ranks of the majors, others will settle happily into their niche and stay there. Who will pick up the prize this year?
2013 winner: Melt! Festival (DE)

Best Small European Festival

Often quirky, due to a personal touch and grassroots appeal, the cosiness and sense of community at these festivals is second to none for many people. This award celebrates those who stick to the mantra that small is beautiful.
2013 winner: Fusion Festival (Romania)

Best New European Festival

Once again, some excellent new events were launched this year, bravely taking on those with established reputations. Bringing a fresh take, new music and alternative audiences to the festival scene, which one have you already put in your diary for next time?
2013 winner: (Hungary)

Best Indoor Festival

Using the existing infrastructure of a town’s venues, this sector is growing thanks to no need for camping, very little threat from the weather and the ability to take place at any time of the year. Sold either on a show-by-show basis, or an all encompassing wristband, they give people chance to see multiple acts in the comfort of the indoors. Which one had you ditching green fields for the concrete jungle?
2013 winner: Metal Hammer Paradise (Germany) 

Newcomer Of The Year
in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag

New talent is the lifeblood of the festival scene and smaller events and stages are abound with fresh acts hoping to catch the ears of the masses of music-lovers, and secure their place on the road to becoming tomorrow’s headliners. This award celebrates the ones that managed to get the fans and critics to sit up and pay attention.
2013 winner: Imagine Dragons (USA)

Best Headliner

A killer headline performance can be talked about for years to come, etched into musical history as one of those “I was there” moments. To succeed requires energy, musicianship, dedication, creativity and a fortuitous coming together of time and space. Some acts may be regulars on the festival circuit, but which one nailed it?
2013 winner: Arctic Monkeys (UK)

Festival Anthem of the Year

The ultimate test of any song is how it’s received live – and there’s no better place than at festivals. While thousands of great records have been lapped up by millions over the summer, a few stood out as true classics, creating defining festival moments and were sung all the way back to the campsite. Which was your fave?
2013 winner: Daft Punk – Get Lucky (France)

The following awards are decided purely by our jury of industry experts:

Best European Festival Line-Up

Picking the right bill will make or break a festival – no mean feat when there are hundreds of others trying to better you and a decreasing pool of established acts to bid on. Whether it’s about securing the biggest names in the world, putting together special collaborations, or just knowing what the audience wants, our judges are looking for the festival which displayed the most vision when booking acts.
2013 winner: Berlin Festival (Germany)

Artist’s Favourite European Festival 

The group of people that has a unique insight into the festival experience is the artists. Playing in front of thousands of people as they travel from one to another, they probably see more than most do during the summer. But which one do they enjoy the most?
2013 winner: Lowlands (Netherlands) 

Promoter Of The Year

Recognising the festival organiser who has produced an outstanding event, overcome adversity, or truly gone above and beyond the call of duty and pulled something phenomenal out of the bag. There’s always at least one each year, often several so this one is often a very tough call for judges.
2013 winner: FKP Scorpio (Germany) 

The Green Operations Award

(Previously the Yourope Green ‘N’ Clean Award). The Green Operations Award, presented by Yourope and the GO Group, recognises festivals which have made a significant contribution to or achievement towards developing more sustainable events. This may be through practises and systems introduced at their own event, through the development of good practices which they have shared with other events, a specific innovation or through continued improvements over a number of years. The award is judged and awarded by a panel made up of experts not directly linked to any specific festival with the exception that the previous year’s winner will be invited to cast a vote for the following year’s award only.
2013 winner: Way Out West (Sweden)

YES Group H&S Innovation Award In association with the YES Group and ICM&SS

Launched in 2013, this award recognises innovation in health and safety at music festivals. Many festivals have, or are developing, new ways to enhance both health and safety within their crowded spaces. Some go to great efforts to deliver new and exciting products and services, which keep the audience ever safer and reduce the risks within the event environment.  These innovations can inform and positively change public behaviour and also create a safety culture throughout the event industry.
2013 winner: Paleo (Switzerland)

Award For Excellence And Passion

Launched in 2014, this award is dedicated to an individual whose exceptional passion and dedication has created a truly unique and magical entity in the marketplace much bigger than the sum of acts that perform there.
2013 winner: N/A

Yourope Lifetime Achievement Award

Dedicated to an individual whose personal vision and energy has propelled the entire festival marketplace forward in a dynamic, creative and positive way.
2013 winner: Marek Lieberberg (Germany)