- 15 Jan 15
No luck for the Irish representatives at annual gong giveaway
The opening night of Eurosonic saw the European Festival Awards name their big winners for the year, and there was glory for the Arctic Monkeys who grabbed two new paperweights.
The Sheffield rockers got the nod for both Headliner Of The Year and Anthem Of The Year, 'R U Mine' scooping the latter award.
The award for Best Major Festival went to Sziget, the annual Hungarian extravaganza - beating out the Electric Picnic in the process - while Poland's Tauron Nowa Muzyka and Montenegro's Sea Dance Festival were named best small and medium sized festivals respectively. Cork's Indiependence had carried the Irish flag in the hunt for best small festival.
Our man Olaf Tyaransen - along with HP sharpshooter Kathrin Baumbach - will be bringing all the news from Eurosonic over the coming days, but for now, the other parties who went smiling into the Groningen night were:
Best Indoor Festival
I Love Techno (Belgium)
Green Operations Award in association with Yourope and The GO Group
Roskilde Festival and Stop Wasting Food (Denmark)
Best Newcomer Act
Artists’ Favourite Festival
Primavera Sound (Spain)
Best New Festival
Down The Rabbit Hole (The Netherlands)
The Health & Safety Innovation Award in association with The YES Group and ICM&SS
MOJO/LOC Festivals (The Netherlands)
Promoter Of The Year
Live Nation (Belgium)
Glastonbury Festival (United Kingdom)
The Lifetime Achievement Award
Melvin Benn (United Kingdom)
The Award for Excellence And Passion in association with Yourope
Rikke Øxner (Denmark)