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Eastern European success at European Festival Awards, 2013

Winners of the European festival awards 2013 were revealed yesterday. Eastern European festivals won 3 awards! Best small festival: FUSION, Romania, best new festival: B.my.Lake, Hungary and the best major festival: EXIT, Serbia!


EXIT festival’s team

The winners were decided by a combination of public votes and the EFA jury – made up of journalists, booking agents, festival organisers – who had a 25 per cent say in the final outcome of the public voted categories. More than 620,000 votes from festival fans all over the world were cast, showing that passion for festivals across the continent continues to grow.

Most categories had 10 finalist festivals, all in all 79. And those all stand out in their category. As festival organizer James Drury said “It’s a great accolade to make it into the top 10, as we had hundreds of festivals take part this year.” Well, Eastern European festivals made up 25% of these finalists.

Below is the list of finalists with the winner in bold.

Best Small Festival

  • FUSION Festival (Romania)
  • 8 Tauron Festiwal Nowa Muzyka (Poland)
  • Blues in Hell (Norway)
  • Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 (Ireland)
  • Dimensions Festival (Croatia)
  • Feest in het Park (Belgium)
  • First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany)
  • Indiependence (Ireland)
  • Mini-Rock-Festival (Germany)
  • The Garden Festival (Croatia)

Best Medium-Sized Festival

  • Melt! Festival (Germany)
  • Balaton Sound (Hungary)
  • Berlin Festival (Germany)
  • Deichbrand Festival (Germany)
  • Electric Castle Festival (Romania)
  • I Love Techno (Belgium)
  • Kubana (Russia)
  • Lokerse Feesten festival (Belgium)
  • Positivus Festival (Latvia)
  • VOLT Festival (Hungary)

Best Major Festival

  • EXIT Festival (Serbia)
  • Dour Festival (Belgium)
  • Hurricane/Southside (Germany)
  • Open’er Festival (Poland)
  • Pukkelpop (Blegium)
  • Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • Sziget (Hungary)
  • Tomorrowland (Belgium)
  • Wacken Open Air (Germany)
  • Woodstock Festival (Poland)

Best Indoor Festival

  • Metal Hammer Paradise (Germany)
  • Blues in Hell (Norway)
  • Camden Crawl Dublin 2013 (Ireland)
  • Doomsday Festival (Belgium)
  • Eurosonic Noordeslag (Netherlands)
  • First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany)
  • I Love Techno (Belgium)
  • MAYDAY (Germany)
  • Rolling Stone Weekender (Germany)
  • Waves Vienna & Bratislava (Austria & Slovakia)

Best New Festival

  • B.my.Lake (Hungary)
  • Burning Eagle Festival (Germany)
  • First We Take Berlin Festival (Germany)
  • Groove Music Festival (Ireland)
  • Last Summer Dance (Luxembourg)
  • Metal Hammer Paradise (Germany)
  • Snowboxx (Andorra)
  • Solar Ibiza (Spain)
  • WeitjeRock (Netherlands)
  • Your’in (Belgium)

The Green Operations Award – In association with the GO Group

  • Way Out West (Sweden)
  • Bestival (UK)
  • Fusion Festival (Germany)
  • Rock For People (Czech Republic)
  • Shambala Festival (UK)
  • Tollwood Festival (Germany)

YES Group H&S Innovation Award

  • Paleo Festival – Switzerland
  • Opener Festival – Poland
  • Wacken Festival – Germany

Best European Festival Line-Up

  • Berlin Festival (Germany)
  • Glastonbury (UK)
  • Hurricane / Southside (Germany)
  • Latitude (UK)
  • Positivus (Latvia)
  • Primavera Sound (Spain)
  • Rock am Ring/Rock im Park (Germany)
  • Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • Roskilde (Denmark)
  • Sziget (Hungary)

Artist’s Favourite European Festival

  • Lowlands (Netherlands)
  • Glastonbury (UK)
  • Paleo Festival (Switzerland)
  • Park Live Moscow (Russia)
  • Primavera (Spain)
  • Pukkelpop (Belgium)
  • Rock Werchter (Belgium)
  • Roskilde (Denmark)
  • Sziget (Hungary)
  • Woodstock Festival (Poland)

There were some awards for producers and music as well.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Marek Lieberberg (DE)

Promoter Of The Year: FKP Scorpio (DE)

Headliner of the Year: Arctic Monkeys

Newcomer of the Year: Imagine Dragons

Festival Anthem of the Year: Daft Punk – Get Lucky

And what about this year’s festivals? Not much info is out there yet, but Hungarian Hegyalja festival will celebrate its 15th birthday this year. OK, so what?  Well, the real news is: you’re invited to the party! July 10-13, 2014. Tokaj. Free!

About the author

János Gömöri

János lives in Budapest. He is interested in music, history, coding and linguistics.

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