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European Festival Award Winners Announced January 14, 2010

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The Best European Festivals, Artists and Organizers Unveiled

The awards are the first poll of their kind, voted for by a combination of public vote and industry jury and more than 100,000 votes were cast by fans on European festival portal Virtual Festivals Europe.

Best Major Festival: Heineken Open’er Festival (Poland)
Best Medium-Sized Festival: Dour Festival (Belgium)
Best Small Festival: Cactusfestival (Belgium)
Best New European Festival: Openfields Festival (Belgium)
Best Line-Up: Rock Werchter (Belgium)
Festival Anthem Of The Year (in association with EBU): Coldplay – “Viva la Vida”
Best Artist Newcomer (in association with Eurosonic): White Lies
Best Headline Artist: The Prodigy
Green ‘N’ Clean Festival (in association with Yourope): Öya Festivalen (Norway)
Artists’ Favourite Festival: Rock Werchter (Belgium)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Jan Smeets (Pinkpop, The Netherlands)

The European Festival Awards are a joint venture between Festival Awards Ltd. (producers of the highly successful UK Festival Awards since 2004) and Yourope (The European Festival Association) – intended to both provide an opportunity for the pan-European festival industry to unite under one roof and a platform for fans to set the continuing standard of the marketplace on a continental level.

Steve Jenner, Festival Awards Ltd. co-director, comments:
Christof Huber, Chairman, Yourope adds:
Eurosonic Noorderslag is the biggest gathering of European Festivals and it’s perfect to celebrate the award show in Groningen with our friends. Peter Smidt, Creative Director EuroSonic Noorderslag, comments:
“We look forward to this first edition of the European Festival Awards. Virtual Festivals / Festival Awards is the ideal partner and we are looking forward to a long and constructive partnership.”

Best Major Festival
Exit Festival (Serbia)
Glastonbury Festival (UK)
Heineken Open’er Festival (Poland)
Les Vieilles Charrues (France)
Pinkpop (Netherlands)
Pukkelpop (Belgium)
Rock Werchter (Belgium)
Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
Best Medium-Sized Festival
Bilbao BBK Live (Spain)
Coke Live Music Festival (Poland)
Couleur Cafe Festival (Belgium)
Dour Festival (Belgium)
Melt! Festival (Germany)
Paleo Festival Nyon (Switzerland)
Pinkpop Classic (Netherlands)
Taubertal-Festival (Germany)
T-Mobile INmusic Festival (Croatia)

Best Small Festival
Cactusfestival (Belgium)
Haldern Pop Festival (Germany)
Hartera Festival (Croatia)
Life Festival (Republic Of Ireland)
Mach1 Festival (Germany)
Openfields Festival (Belgium)
Zeverrock (Belgium)

Best New Festival
Openfields Festival (Belgium)
ParkLive (Bulgaria)
Sonisphere (Netherlands)
Sonisphere (Spain)
Sonisphere (UK)

Rock Werchter (Denmark)
Glastonbury Festival (UK)
Lowlands (Netherlands)
Pukkelpop (Belgium)
Gurtenfestival (Switzerland)
Melt! Festival (Germany)

Best Newcomer (Artist) *
White Lies
King Blues
Paloma Faith

Best Headline Artist *
Greg Parmley – IQ Magazine, Christopher Barrett – Music Week, James Drury – Audience Magazine, John Gammon – Pollstar, Steve Jenner – Virtual Festivals, Thierry Langlois – Unit Productions, Jean Louis Brossard – Les Trans Musicales, Markus Grosse – Four Artists, Eric van Eerdenburg – Mojo, Stefan Lehmkuhl – Melt!, Robert Meijerink – Eurosonic Festival, Steve Zapp – International Talent Booking, Mike Greek – Creative Artists Agency, Peter Elliott – Primary Talent, Helter Skelter – Paul Bolton, Ivan Kush – Tour Manager Various Artists, Geoff Meall – The Agency Group, Jan Sneum, DR Music Denmark, Juhani Kansi – YLE Finland, Ben Hodijk – 3 FM The Netherlands, Laurent Marceau – EBU, Rikke Oxner – Roskilde Festival, Bernard Batzen – Azimuth

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