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The Serbian Exit, Best Major Festival at the European Festival Awards

The Oscars of the European festivals and known their winners. The awards are divided between Central and Eastern Europe, the West goes without them. 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; Best Indoor Festival going to Metal Hammer Paradise, Berlin Festival won Best Line Up, Melt! Festival got Best Medium-Sized Festival with the two most important industry-facing awards Promoter of the Year going to FKP Scorpio and the Lifetime achievement Award to Marek Lieberberg, founder of the twin Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festival.

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. in Hungary took the Best New Festival title and Fusion Festival in Romania won the Best Small Festival Award. The host country of the awards also scooped an award with Holland’s Lowlands being named the Artists’ Favourite Festival.

The Green Operations Award went to Way Out West in Sweden and Switzerland’s Paleo Festival won the new Yes Group Health & Safety Innovation Award, which recognises innovative ways festivals have enhanced health and safety within their spaces.

The Winners:


YES Group H&S Innovation Award In association with the YES Group and ICM&SS
Paleo Festival (CH)

Best New Festival (HU)

Festival Anthem of the Year
Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Best Indoor Festival
Metal Hammer Paradise (DE)

The Green Operations Award In association with the GO Group
Way Out West (SE)

Best European Festival Line-Up in association with Company NA
Berlin Festival (DE)

Newcomer of the Year In association with Eurosonic Noorderslag
Imagine Dragons

Artist’s Favourite European Festival
Lowlands (NL)

Headliner of the Year
Arctic Monkeys

Promoter Of The Year
FKP Scorpio (DE)

Best Small Festival
FUSION Festival (RO)

Best Medium-Sized Festival In association with Eventbrite
Melt! Festival (DE)

Best Major Festival in association with Intelligent Venue Solutions
EXIT Festival (RS)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Marek Lieberberg (DE)