Following last year’s success, the European Festival Awards will return to the Oosterport Congress Centre, Groningen, Holland for its fourth edition, crowning the opening night of the Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and festival on Wednesday 9 January 2013. The event, created as a platform to celebrate and recognise the vision, creativity and hard work which goes into producing Europe’s festival scene each year, will unite the continental festival industry under one roof for a unique opportunity to socialize, network and let its hair down in the wake of a challenging and eventful year for the sector.
The winners, decided by a combination of public and industry vote, will be revealed and presented with their accolades at the gala ceremony, which features a big-name host, gourmet dinner, drinks reception, live entertainment and an after-show party. Public voting runs from Friday 5 to Wednesday 7 November to decide the winners of categories such as Best Major, Medium-Sized and Small European Festival; Best New Festival; Best European Line-Up; Best Headliner and Anthem of the Summer. The top 10 shortlists will be revealed on Monday 5 November. Other, more specialized, categories will be decided by an industry jury consisting of prominent booking agents, journalists and other seasoned experts. More than 250 European Festivals representing 33 countries have applied to take part in this year’s awards. Voting is now open at: http://eu.festivalawards.com/vote