The 6th Festival Awards Europe are done and dusted and at a star studded gala celebration at De Oosterport on January 14th at the start of this year’s EuroSonic festival and conference in Groningen, host Ben Challis welcomed guests and winners and live performances from MØ (Denmark), Jack Garratt (UK) and Aurora Asknes (Sweden) – as well as a special surprise opening act, The Illegal Terms, made up of Ben on vocals, Michal Kaščák, organiser of the Pohoda Festival on drums, Open Air St Gallen’s organiser Christof Huber on guitar alongside Virtual Festivals’ Steve Jenner, and Das Fest booker and boss of Green Events Europe, Holger Jan Schmidt, on bass. The Illegal Terms gave barnstorming renditions of ‘Blittzkrieg Bop’ and ‘I Fought The Law’.
Live video footage from the Illegal terms can be found here for I Fought The Law and here for Blitzgrieg Bop and video footage from the Awards ceremony can be found here for the Lifetime Achievement Award (Melvin Benn, Festival Republic ) and Rikke Øxner (Roskilde) wins the new Award for Excellence & Passion here .
Sponsoring partners for the Awards included hosts Yourope, the European festivals association, EuroSonic and Eventbrite, Intelligent Venue Solutions, Plug Go and Snack Media. With over 1.2 milllion votes cast in the public categories this year, the Arctic Monkey’s won two awards for Headliner of the Year and Festival Anthem of the Year, collected on the night by the bands long time manager Geoff Barradale. Hungary’s Sziget won Best Major Festival, Glastonbury picked up the Best Lineup Award for their Metallica and Dolly Parton inspired summer bash, and Stromae picked up best newcomer.
Best Indoor Festival – I love Techno (Belgium)
The Green Operations Award – Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
Newcomer Of The Year – Stromae
Artist’s Favourite European Festival – Primavera Sound in Barcelona (Spain)
Festival Anthem of the Year – Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine
YES Group H&S Innovation Award – Mojo Concerts
Best Medium-Sized European Festival – Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)
Promoter Of The Year – Live Nation (Belgium)
Best European Festival Line-Up – Glastonbury Festival (UK)
Best Major European Festival – Sziget (Hungary)
Lifetime Achievement Award – Melvin Benn
Award For Excellence And Passion – Rikke Oxner