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The European Festival Awards – set to take place on January 11 2017 in Groningen, The Netherlands – has revealed the shortlists for its eighth edition. An illustrious celebration of the continent’s most vibrant live events, the EFA features a gala dinner, prestigious awards ceremony, and select showcase performances from some of the most exciting new acts poised to conquer 2017. The European Festival Awards crowns the first night of the emerging talent festival Eurosonic Noorderslag, and is run in cooperation with Yourope.

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Best Small Festival
[PIAS] Nites (Belgium)
Amsterdam Woods Festival (Netherlands)
B my Lake Festival (Hungary)
Chant du Gros (Switzerland)
Freemusic Festival (France)
Happiness Festival (Germany)
Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)
Revolution Festival
Snowbombing (Austria)
Ypsigrock Festival (Italy)

Best Medium-Sized Festival
Best Kept Secret (Netherlands)
Down The Rabbit Hole (Netherlands)
Highfield (Germany)
Ilosaarirock Festival (Finland)
Main Square Festival (France)
Melt! Festival (Germany)
Off Festival (Poland)
Paleo Festival Nyon (Switzerland)
Pohoda Festival (Slovakia)
Positivus Festival (Latvia)

Best Major Festival
Dour Festival (Belgium)
EXIT Festival (Serbia)
Glastonbury Festival (UK)
Le Printemps de Bourges (France)
Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany)
Open’er Festival (Poland)
Rock Werchter (Belgium)
Roskilde Festival (Denmark)
Sziget Festival (Hungary)
Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Newcomer of the Year
sponsored by Eurosonic Noorderslag
Anderson .Paak
Car Seat Headrest
Dua Lipa
Nothing but Thieves

Headliner of the Year
Iggy Pop
LCD Soundsystem
Massive Attack
Mumford & Sons
PJ Harvey
Sigur Ros

Best Line-Up
Dour Festival
Glastonbury Festival
NOS Alive
OpenAir St. Gallen
Paléo Festival Nyon
Primavera Sound
Rock Werchter
Roskilde Festival

Best New Festival
bluedot (UK)
Common People (UK)
Download Festival Paris (France)
Exodus ‘Superior Hardcore’ (Germany)
Extrema Noir (Belgium)
I Love Techno (France)
Mad Cool Festival (Spain)
Mandala Festival (Netherlands)
Polar Weekend (France)
Revolution Festival (Romania)

Best Indoor Festival
[PIAS] Nites (Belgium)
Blues In Hell (Norway)
I Love Techno (France)
Le Guess Who? (Netherlands)
Le Printemps de Bourges (France)
Les TransArdentes (Belgium)
One Of A Million Festival (Switzerland)
OUT.FEST (Portugal)
Reeperbahn Festival (Germany)
Taksirat (Macedonia)

Artists’ Favourite Festival
Bilbao BBK Live
Best Kept Secret
End of the Road
Latitude Festival
Lowlands Festival
OpenAir St.Gallen
Primavera Sound
Rock Werchter
Sziget Festival

Promoter of the Year
sponsored by Event Genius
Alter Art Poland
Dan Panaitescu (Posthumous)
FKP Scorpio
Glastonbury Festival
Luger Sweden
Primavera Sound
Roskilde Festival
Wacken Open Air
WePromote Switzerland

Agent of the Year
Alex Bruford
Alex Hardee
Charlie Myatt
Clotaire Buche
Emma Banks
Jeff Craft
Mike Greek
Natasha Bent
Paul Wilson
Rob Challice

Award for Excellence and Passion
Alberto Guijarro
Ben Challis
Christof Huber
Damon Albarn
Dan Panaitescu (posthumous)
Fruzsina Szép
Ivan Milivojev
Michal Kaskak
Ruud Berends

Green Operations Award
Electric Castle (Rom)
Ieper Hardcore Fest (Be)
Northside Festival (Dk)
Shambala Festival (Uk)
Welcome To The Future (Nl)




Founded in 2006, Ticket Arena provides consumers and gig promoters with a better way to buy and sell tickets online. Over the past decade the company has developed its own online platform, Event Genius, and has increased its market share to become one of the largest online ticket agents and event technology providers in the UK. Based in Leeds and London, its mission remains clear: to work in partnership with promoters and organisers of all sizes, and to help them deliver the best live experiences possible to consumers.

Reshad Hossenally, Director at Event Genius and Ticket Arena, said: “We’re delighted to be the ticketing partner for this year’s European Festival Awards and can’t wait to celebrate the hard work and achievements of all the worthy finalists in Groningen next month.”

Any festival organiser who signs up to Event Genius will get access to a suite of industry leading features, including:
• Entry Genius – barcoded tickets and scanning
• Cashless Payments – an RFID Payment Solution
• Event Pre-registration and pre-sales – collect vital marketing data
• Event Genius Travel – travel package selling
• Payment Plan – spread the cost of tickets
• White Label Box Offices – sell tickets on your own website
• Customer Call Centre – let us handle any customer issues
Event Genius by Ticket Arena is tried and trusted by some of the biggest events, club promoters and artists across the globe, including Parklife Festival, Wales Rally GB, The Warehouse Project, Hideout Festival and The Great European Carnival Hong Kong.

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