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Yourope, the European Festival Association has joined forces with festivals portal Virtual Festivals Europe to create the first ever awards to celebrate the ever-growing strength and diversity of the pan-European music festival marketplace and recognise those individuals and organisations responsible for brightening up the lives of millions each summer.

Building on the success of the UK Festival Awards, pioneered and run by Virtual Festivals since 2004, the European Festival Awards will culminate in a live ceremony taking place at the Grand Theatre as part of EuroSonic Noorderslag in Groningen, Netherlands, on Wednesday January 13th, 2010.

Similar to the established UK format, the award categories will include a mixture of festival-related themes such as “Best Major/ Medium and Small European Festival”, “Best Line-Up”, “Best New Festival” as well as artist ones like “Festival Anthem of The Year” and “Best Newcomer”. There will also be awards for the “Artists’ Favourite Festival”, “Promoter of the Year” and a “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Both the shortlists and final winners will be decided by a combination of industry panels (including experts from the media, booking agents and artists) and a public vote on the Virtual Festivals Europe website ( in the autumn. The full list of categories will be announced in due course.

Participation in the European Festival Awards will be eligible (at no cost) to every festival listed on the Virtual Festivals Europe website. Application details will be announced shortly.

Tickets to the European Festival Awards, which will include a drinks reception, buffet dinner, live performances and an aftershow party will be exclusively available, on a strict first-come-first-served basis, to EuroSonic Noorderslag delegates.

To register for EuroSonic Noorderslag 2010 log onto the website


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