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Public Voting Begins for the European Festival Awards!

More than 300 European Festivals representing 32 countries have applied to take part in the 2013 edition of the European Festival Awards, which will return with a gala award show opening Eurosonic Noorderslag in style on Wednesday 15th January 2013 at De Oosterpoort in Groningen.

Presented in association with Yourope and Eurosonic Noorderslag the European Festival 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 Voting Process

This year the winners will be decided by a combination of public votes and the EFA jury – made up of journalists, booking agents, festival organisers – who will have a 25 per cent say in the final outcome of the public voted categories. This is how it works:

The top 10 as judged by the public get 4 points according to their place like this:

1 = 40 points
2 = 36 points
3 = 32 points
4 = 28 points
5 = 24 points
6 = 20 points
7 = 16 points
8 = 12 points
9 = 8 points
10 = 4 points

The jury votes give 1 point per place like this;

1 = 10 points
2 = 9 points
3 = 8 points
etc etc

So, as an example; The festival which was 4th most popular in the public vote has 28 points. It judged to be the best by the jury and gets an additional 10 points, bringing its total to 38 points. Once all the points have been calculated the winner is the one with the most points.

It’s been a really exciting year for festivals across Europe and I’m expecting further growth in the number of festivals participating, on the back of last year’s fantastic growth. European promoters have a great healthy sense of competition and it’s going to be exciting to find out which events the fans loved the most. Festival Awards MD, James Drury.

Last year’s European Festival Awards featured over 250 festivals from 32 different countries, with over 500,000 votes.


Public voting will commence on October 1 and close on November 1. Voting takes place at: