The Festival Awards Europe voting has officially opened, the long lists have been unveiled and fans are flocking to show their support for their favourite artists and events. This is the third edition of these awards and it looks set to be the biggest and bet yet, as the number of festivals participating has risen by 15% and 32 countries have entrants.
This is phenomenal growth considering it is only the third year of the awards, and it further reinforces the consistently strengthening and diversity of the marketplace as far as pan European music festivals are concerned. You can view video highlights of the 2011 festival Awards here
The MD of Festival Awards Limited is James Drury, his company organises the awards and he has said that this years response from festivals across Europe has been phenomenal. He added that these awards were all about giving recognition to the hard work that went into making Europe’s vibrant and diverse festival industry the success that it is and is a celebration of their achievements over the past year.
He also said that these awards also give the fans the opportunity to tell the organisers of the festivals they attended how much they had enjoyed themselves at these events, as well as there being several awards that were industry focussed and were judged by an expert panel which highlighted the crucial elements that occur behind the scenes and that the public often don’t consider.
The results are jointly decided by both industry juries and the public, and the awards are the sole body in Europe that are dedicated to recognising the achievements and contributions of both the performing artists and the organisers in creating events that bring billions of Euros into the local economy. Not only that, but festivals also brighten up the summers for the tens of millions of festival goers every year.
Public voting runs from 24th October – 6th December Vote online here
Presented as a partnership between Festival Awards Ltd, YOUROPE and Eurosonic Noorderslag, the Festival Awards Europe will take place on Wednesday, 11th January 2012 at Groningen’s De Oosterpoort in The Netherlands, on the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag. Winners will be announced on the night with live acts and aftershow party.
YOUROPE Chairman Christof Huber commented: “We have seen the Festival Awards Europe grow massively since the launch in 2009. More festivals are taking part in the awards, the number of votes has increased drastically and we feel much more support and interest from bands, sponsors and media in the awards. We are proud to be involved in it and we look forward to a next big step forward ”
EuroSonic Noorderslag Creative Director Peter Smidt concluded: “Starting Eurosonic Noorderslag on Wednesday 12th January with the European festival Awards and under the same roof the European Border Breakers Awards feels like the ideal opening night were both the best European festivals and artists are awarded.”
This year’s Award Categories are as follows:
1. Best Major European Festival
2. Best Medium-Sized European Festival
3. Best Small European Festival
4. Best New European Festival
5. Best Indoor Festival
6. Best European Festival Line-Up
7. YOUROPE Green ‘N’ Clean Festival Of The Year
8. Artist’s Favourite European Festival
9. Best Newcomer
10. Best Headliner
11. Festival Anthem of the Year
12. Virtual Festivals Europe presents Promoter Of The Year
13. YOUROPE Lifetime Achievement Award