European Festival Awards winners revealed

The winners of the 2015 European Festival Awards were announced at a gala show in Groningen, The Netherlands last night (13 January 2016).

Presented in association with Yourope (the European Festival Association) and marking the opening of the annual four-day Eurosonic Noorderslag event, the European Festival Awards celebrate the successes of Europe’s music festival industry.

Decided by a combination of public vote and industry juries, the Awards are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

The 2015 European Festival Awards featured over 350 festivals from 50 different European countries, with over 800,000 votes cast in total.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Best Major Festival, in association with Charge Candy
Untold Festival, Romania

Best Medium-Sized Festival, in association with Eventbrite
Telekom Volt Festival, Hungary

Best Small Festival
Happiness Festival, Germany

Best New Festival
Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany

Best Indoor Festival
Les Transardentes, Belgium

Festival Anthem of the Year
Major Lazer – Lean On

Newcomer of the Year, in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag
Hozier, UK

Best Headliner
The Prodigy, UK

Best Line Up, in association with IFF
Sziget, Hungary

Artists’ Favourite Festival
Rock Werchter , Belgium

Promoter of the Year, in association with Bucks New University
Horstmann Unternehmensgruppe, Germany

Agent of the Year
Emma Banks (CAA), UK

Green Operations Award, in association with Go Group, Yourope
Tollwood Festival, Germany

Yes Group H&S Innovation Award
Das Fest, Germany

Excellence and Passion Award
Chris Kemp, UK

Lifetime Achievement Award, in association with PlayPass/PayPal
Jean-Louis Brossard and Beatrice Mace, France

Picture: Rock Werchter 2015, where Digico consoles were chosen for the new fully-digital house system