Festivals with names like I Love Techno and Down the Rabbit Hole were winners at the 6th annual European Festival Awards on Wednesday. The event, which honors Europe’s best festivals, artists and promoters, took place at Groningen’s De Oosterpoort in The Netherlands.
Best major festival honors went to the Sziget Festival in Hungary; Glastonbury in the U.K. was hailed for having the best line-up; and promoter of the year went to Live Nation, for its work in Belgium. As for artists, Arctic Monkeys took home best headliner and anthem of the year, for “R U Mine.”
“It’s inspiring to have a winners’ list that is so reflective of the cultural diversity and strength of passion, dedication, creativity and quality of delivery that underpins Europe’s incredible festival scene today,” said Steve Jenner, co-founder and director of Festival Awards Ltd, which organizes the awards.
The ceremony featured performances by Danish electro-pop singer MØ, R&B musician Jack Garratt and Norwegian singer Aurora Asknes.
The winners were decided by a combination of public votes (over 1.2 million cast) and the EFA jury, comprised of journalists, agents and organizers.
Full List of Winners:
Best Small Festival
Tauron Nowa Muzyka (Poland)
Best Indoor Festival
I Love Techno (Belgium)
Green Operations Award
Roskilde Festival and Stop Wasting Food (Denmark)
Best Newcomer Act
Artists’ Favourite Festival
Primavera Sound (Spain)
Best New Festival
Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands)
Anthem Of The Year
Arctic Monkeys, “R U Mine”
The Health & Safety Innovation Award
MOJO/LOC Festivals (The Netherlands)
Best Medium-Sized Festival
Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)
Promoter Of The Year
Live Nation (Belgium)
Glastonbury Festival (United Kingdom)
Arctic Monkeys (United Kingdom)
Best Major Festival
Sziget Festival (Hungary)
The Lifetime Achievement Award
Melvin Benn (United Kingdom)
The Award for Excellence And Passion
Rikke Øxner (Denmark)