Arctic Monkeys win best headliner and anthem of the year at European Festival Awards

Elsewhere in Groningen, Catfish and the Bottlemen kickoff Eurosonic festival

Arctic Monkeys were named best headliner for the second year running at last night’s European Festival Awards (January 14).

The Sheffield band also picked up the accolade for anthem of the summer for ‘R U Mine?’.

The band’s manager Geoff Barradale collected both awards on their behalf. He said he was proud to collect the prize for ‘R U Mine?’ because “an anthem is a song that gets people putting down their phones. You know that disease? We should all put down our phones and enjoy the moment.”


Having seen off the likes of Arcade Fire and Queens Of The Stone Age to win the headliner award, Barradale joked: “I don’t know if we’re worthy winners of it… we probably are, but it was a great shortlist.”

The double win for the Arctic Monkeys was part of a strong showing for the United Kingdom. Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn [pictured] received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and after the awards he told NME: “It’s great to have this, but it’s like getting an award for going to work. I don’t do memories, I do tomorrow.”

Glastonbury won the award for best line-up but were beaten to the award for best major festival by Hungary’s Sziget. Montenegro’s Sea Dance Festival, organised by the Serbian team behind Exit, won best medium-sized festival. The award for best small festival went to Poland’s Tauron Nowa Muzyka.

Three awards will be going back to Belgium: best indoor festival for I Love Techno, promoter of the year for Live Nation Belgium and best newcomer artist for Stromae.

The awards took place at De Oosterport in Groningen, Holland, marking the opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag festival. Elsewhere in the city, Catfish and the Bottlemen kicked off proceedings at De Spieghel while many fans were still stuck outside the full-to-capacity venue hoping to catch a glimpse of the Welsh band.