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Cream of Euro festival crop announced

13th January 2011

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2010 was a top year for music festivals all over Europe – we should know we attended a fair few of them! The best of the best have been announced by the Festival Awards Europe.

MuseThe verdict was passed at Groningen's Stadsschouwburg in The Netherlands decided by a combination of public vote and industry experts. The awards celebrates the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists at festivals across the continent.

There were performances on the night from Alice Gold, Laura Jansen and Ben L'Oncle Soul.

More than 350,000 votes were cast to decide the winners. And the winners are:

Best Major European Festival: Heineken Open'er Festival - Poland

Best Medium-Sized European Festival: Electric Picnic Music & Arts Festival - Ireland

Best Small European Festival: 5 Tauron Nowa Muzyka Festival - Poland

Best New European Festival: Temple House Festival - Ireland

Best Indoor Festival: Rolling Stone Weekender - Germany

Best European Festival Line-Up: Oxegen - Ireland

Best Newcomer: Florence and the Machine

Best Headliner: Muse

Festival Anthem of the Year: Muse - Uprising

The following winners were chosen by an industry jury which included prominent journalists, booking agents, managers, artists and promoters:

YOUROPE Green 'N' Clean Festival Of The Year:
Boom Festival - Portugal

Artist's Favourite European Festival: Melt! - Germany

Virtual Festivals Europe presents Promoter Of The Year: Kilimanjaro/K2

Yourope Lifetime Achievement Award: Leif Skov

Stefan Lehmkuhl from Melt Festival Germany was surprised to win the artist best festival award saying "It was the greatest honour" adding that "according to Noel Gallagher Melt Festival looks like the inside of Marylin Mansun's brain"

Leif Skov, one of the pioneers of Denmark's Roskilde Festival was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In a moving and inspiring speech on receiving his award, he said: "People and music together can move mountains and change opinions. And through all of our work with our festivals we have invented and defined for the world a new set of values that lie above and beyond a standard set of values that can be measured."

James Drury, MD of Festival Awards Ltd, which organises the Awards said: "With over 350,000 votes and a 37% increase in the number of events our second edition demonstrated the breadth and strength of feeling among fans and festivals across the continent. This was a great celebration of the world leading festival scene."

Christof Huber, General Secretary YOUROPE commented "It was a major step forward from last year's awards. We are really looking forward to the next edition and are confident that they will continue to go from strength to strength."

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