It was a mixed year for the UK festival scene in 2012, with cancellations for Sonisphere and Big Chill and poor ticket sales across the board for even the biggest festivals in Britain. However, the rest of Europe thrived this summer with bigger audiences and line-ups than ever before.  

With European festivals offering music loving Brits the perfect opportunity to get some much needed sun sprinkled with some of the world’s top acts, is proving an increasingly popular choice year after year.

That’s why the announcement of the nominees for the European Festival awards has never been so relevant to the British festival lover. The 4th edition of these awards has seen a record-breaking turn-out of festival-fans rallying to support their favourite events and artists. More than a million public votes have been cast across 49 European countries, highlighting further the phenomenal passion for music festivals not just in Britain, but the whole of the continent.

The final shortlists in categories ranging from Best Major Festival to Anthem Of The Year have now be revealed. The winners will be announced and presented with their accolades at the European Festival Awards gala ceremony which crowns the opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and showcase in Groningen, Holland on Wednesday 9th January 2013.

The UK are well represented with nominations for Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival and British acts including Alt J, Florence & The Machine, Mumford and Sons and Jessie Ware up for awards.

It will wrap up what has been a momentous year for European music, and give 2013 the kick start it needs to be even better.

 

The shortlists are as follows;

BEST MAJOR FESTIVAL
1. EXIT Festival (Serbia)
2. Heineken Open'er Festival (Poland)
3. Hurricane & Southside (Germany)
4. Optimus Alive (Portugal)
5. Rock Werchter (Belgium)
6. Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
7. Sziget (Hungary)
8. Tomorrowland (Belgium)
9. Wacken Open Air (Germany)
10. Woodstock Festival (Poland)

BEST MEDIUM-SIZED FESTIVAL
1. Area4 Festival (Germany)
2. Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival (Ireland)
3. Heineken Balaton Sound (Hungary)
4. Lokerse Feesten (Belgium)
5. Melt! Festival (Germany)
6. OFF Festival (Poland)
7. Pohoda Festival (Slovakia)
8. Rock-A-Field (Luxembourg)
9. Smukfest (Denmark)
10. Ursynalia - Warsaw Student Festival (Poland)

BEST SMALL FESTIVAL
1. Absolutely Free Festival (Belgium)
2. Appletree Garden (Germany)
3. Bialystok Pozytywne Wibracje Festival (Poland)
4. Grape Festival (Slovakia)
5. Mini-Rock-Festival (Germany)
6. Plai (Romania)
7. Tauron New Music Festival (Poland)
8. Vestrock (The Netherlands)
9. We Love Green (France)
10. Winterthurer Musikfestwochen (Switzerland)

BEST NEW FESTIVAL
1. Electro Magnetic (Germany)
2. Dimensions Festival (Croatia)
3. Hadra Trance Festival VI (France)
4. Liss Ard Music Festival (Ireland)
5. Mair1 Festival (Germany)
6. Pestivals (Latvia)
7. Ronquieres Festival (Belgium)
8. Vestrock Junior (The Netherlands)
9. Warriors Dance Festival (Serbia)
10. XO Live (The Netherlands)

BEST INDOOR FESTIVAL
1. Blues in Hell (Norway)
2. Dia De La Musica (Spain)
3. Eurosonic Noorderslag (The Netherlands)
4. I Love Techno (Belgium)
5. Le Printemps De Bourges (France)
6. Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)
7. Sensation (Denmark)
8. Sensation (Netherlands)
9. The Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany)
10. Waves Vienna (Austria)

BEST EUROPEAN FESTIVAL LINE-UP
1. Melt! Festival (Germany)
2. Optimus Alive (Portugal)
3. Primavera (Spain)
4. Pukkelpop (Belgium)
5. Rock am Ring / Rock im Park (Germany)
6. Rock Werchter (Belgium)
7. Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
8. Southside / Hurricane (Germany)
9. Tomorrowland (Belgium)
10. Way out West (Sweden)

ANTHEM OF THE YEAR
1. Die Toten Hosen “Tage wie dieser”
2. Florence & The Machine “Shake it out”
3. Foster the People “Pumped up Kicks”
4. Jack White “Seven Nation Army”
5. Lykke Li “I follow Rivers”
6. M83 – “Midnight City”
7. Mumford & Sons “Little Lion Man”
8. Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks”
9. The Black Keys “Lonely Boy”
10. Will and the People “Lion in the morning sun”

HEADLINER OF THE YEAR
1. Bon Iver
2. Florence & The Machine
3. Foo Fighters
4. Jack White
5. Mumford & Sons
6. Pearl Jam
7. The Black Keys
8. The Cure
9. The Killers
10. The Stones Roses

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR with Eurosonic Noorderslag
1. Alabama Shakes
2. Alt J
3. Anna Calvi
4. Azealia Banks
5. Dope D.O.D
6. Dry the River
7. Ewert and the Two Dragons
8. Jessie Ware
9. Kraftklub
10. Of Monsters and Men

ARTISTS’ FAVOURITE FESTIVAL *
1. OpenAir St.Gallen (Switzerland)
2. Optimus Alive (Portugal)
3. Oya Festivalen (Norway)
4. Parades de Coura (Portugal)
5. Primavera Sound (Spain)
6. Pukkelpop (Belgium)
7. Rock Werchter (Belgium)
8. Way out West (Sweden)
9. Roskilde (Denmark)
10. Woodstock (Poland)

PROMOTER OF THE YEAR with Virtual Festivals Europe *
1. Everything is new in Lisbon (Portugal)
2. ID & T (The Nederlands)
3. Live Nation (Belgium)
4. Luger (Sweden)
5. Pukkelpop (Belgium)

GREEN OPERATIONS AWARD with Yourope and The GO Group **
1. Boom Festival (Portugal)
2. Maifeld Derby (Germany)
3. Open Air St.Gallen (Switzerland)
4. Way Out West (Sweden)
5. We Love Green (France)

* Decided by industry jury of top journalists, booking agents and other market experts.

** Decided by the Green Operations Award jury, consisting of prominent European green initatives, associations and foundations.