The results for the European Festival Awards are out with some surprises!

The European Festival Awards were initiated in 2010 by the European festival association Yourope and the festival website Virtual Festivals Europe.  Marking the opening of the annual four-day Eurosonic Noorderslag, the European Festival Awards celebrate the best of Europe’s music festival industry. In a grand event, the winners of the 2015 EFAs were announced in Groningen, The Netherlands last night.


The awards cover 13 different categories decided by a combination of public votes and industry juries. The 2015 edition featured over 350 festivals from 50 different European countries, with over 800,000 votes cast in total. The highlights were Lollapalooza Berlin winning Best New Festival and Major Lazer – Lean On winning the Festival Anthem of the Year.

Here is the complete list of winners :

Best Major Festival, in association with Charge Candy
Untold Festival, Romania

Best Medium-Sized Festival, in association with Eventbrite
Telekom Volt Festival, Hungary

Best Small Festival
Happiness Festival, Germany

Best New Festival
Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany

Best Indoor Festival
Les Transardentes, Belgium

Festival Anthem of the Year
Major Lazer – Lean On

Newcomer of the Year, in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag
Hozier, UK

Best Headliner
The Prodigy, UK

Best Line Up, in association with IFF
Sziget, Hungary

Artists’ Favourite Festival
Rock Werchter , Belgium

Promoter of the Year, in association with Bucks New University
Horstmann Unternehmensgruppe, Germany

Agent of the Year
Emma Banks (CAA), UK

Green Operations Award, in association with Go Group, Yourope
Tollwood Festival, Germany

Yes Group H&S Innovation Award
Das Fest, Germany

Excellence and Passion Award
Chris Kemp, UK

Lifetime Achievement Award, in association with PlayPass/PayPal
Jean-Louis Brossard and Beatrice Mace, France