Of Monsters and Men and Lykke Li also rewarded at Festival Awards Europe 2012
The awards are decided by a combination of public vote and industry juries with Jake Bugg performing at this year’s ceremony. Winners on the night included Foo Fighters for Best Headliner, Of Monsters and Men for Best Newcomer and Lykke Li, who took home the prize for Best Festival Anthem for her song ‘I Follow Rivers’.
For the first time in Festival Awards history, electronic music took the title for Best Major Festival, courtesy of Belgium’s Tomorrowland. Dance music events also triumphed in the categories for Best Indoor Festival (Sensation, Netherlands) and Best New Festival (Germany’s Electro Magnetic).
Best Medium-Sized Festival was won by Heineken Balaton Sound in Hungary while the title for Best Small Festival was taken back by 2010 winners Tauron New Music Festival in Poland. Elsewhere there were wins for Rock am Ring and Roskilde as well as Pukkelpop.
Speaking about the awards, Steve Jenner, Festival Awards co-founder, said: “This edition of the European Festival Awards has been a great and much needed celebration for the industry as a united whole. A significant increase in events rallying to take part suggests a healthy display of confidence, competitiveness and pride. The staggering number of public votes received shows that people’s appetites for festivals have never been greater. In the face of toughening conditions, the forecast still looks bright for Europe’s festival market.”
The full list of winners at the Festival Awards Europe 2012 were:
Best Major Festival – Tomorrowland
Best Medium Sized Festival – Heineken Balaton Sound (Hungary)
Best Small Festival – Tauron New Music Festival (Poland)
Headliner Of The Year – Foo Fighters
Newcomer Of The Year – Of Monsters and Men
Best European Festival Line Up – Rock Am Ring (Germany)
Festival Anthem of The Year – Lykke Li – ‘I Follow Rivers’
Best New Festival – Electro Magnetic
Promoter of The Year – Pukkelpop (Belgium)