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Electronic Music Wins Big at European Festival Awards

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The best music festivals, artists and promoters of 2013 were revealed at the 5th annual European Festival Awards, which took place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands, marking the opening night of Eurosonic Noorderslag.

Germany proved it is a force to be reckoned within the festival scene, scooping a total of 5 awards; the highlights being Berlin Festival winning Best Line Up, and Melt! Festival scooping the Best Medium-Sized Festival award.

Eastern Europe also did well in this year’s awards with the highly coveted Best Major Festival Award going to Serbia’s EXIT Festival, who will celebrate their 15th Anniversary in 2014. B.my.Lake in Hungary took the Best New Festival title and FUSION Festival in Romania won the Best Small Festival Award. Artists were also recognised for their contribution to the European festival scene with the Festival Anthem  award to Daft Punk for ‘Get Lucky’ with the one and only Nile Rogers recording a special thank-you message for the show.James Drury, MD of Festival Awards Ltd, which organises the Awards said: “Festivals are immensely popular with people across Europe and it’s been a delight to toast the achievements of a great 2013 with the best in the continent. A huge congratulations to all the winners, and to all those finalists. It’s a great accolade to make it into the top 10, as we had hundreds of festivals take part this year.”Christof Huber, YOUROPE, adds: “It’s great to see how the awards have grown over the past 5 years and to see so many festivals taking part, which is testament to the thriving European festival scene.” This year 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 we cast, showing that passion for festivals across the continent continues to grow.

The Winners:

YES Group H&S Innovation Award In association with the YES Group and ICM&SSPaleo Festival (CH)Best New FestivalB.my.Lake (HU)Festival Anthem of the YearDaft Punk – Get LuckyBest Indoor FestivalMetal Hammer Paradise (DE)The Green Operations Award In association with the GO GroupWay Out West (SE)Best European Festival Line-Up in association with Company NABerlin Festival (DE)Newcomer of the Year In association with Eurosonic NoorderslagImagine DragonsArtist’s Favourite European FestivalLowlands (NL)Headliner of the Year Arctic MonkeysPromoter Of The YearFKP Scorpio (DE)Best Small FestivalFUSION Festival (RO)Best Medium-Sized Festival In association with EventbriteMelt! Festival (DE)Best Major Festival in association with Intelligent Venue SolutionsEXIT Festival (RS)Lifetime Achievement AwardMarek Lieberberg (DE)

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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