Five German festivals, including Metal Hammer Paradise, Berlin Festival and Melt!, won awards at the ceremony, which took place in the Netherlands on Wednesday night and recognises the achievements of festival organisers over the past year.
Metal Hammer Paradise, which is located on the Baltic coast, brings top metal bands to a comfortable beachside resort, while Melt! takes place in a small town near Dessau and has featured headliners such as Bloc Party, Bjork and The Streets.
Berlin Festival drew 20,000 fans last year and was headlined by Britpop legends Blur.
The Best Major Festival award went to Serbia’s Exit festival, which is held in a fortress overlooking the Danube in the town of Novi Sad. The four-day event (10-13 July 2014) draws around 200,000 partygoers and this year celebrates its 15th anniversary.
B.my.Lake in Hungary, which takes place in the summer party hotspot of Lake Balaton, won the award for the Best New Festival, while Fusion Festival in Romania – an electronic music festival known for its extravagant light and lazer shows – was recognised as the Best Small Festival.
More than 620,000 festival fans from around the world voted in the awards, which was also decided on by a panel of journalists,booking agents and festival organisers.
Best Major Festival
Exit Festival, Serbia
Best Small Festival
Fusion Festival, Romania
Best Medium-sized Festival
Melt! Festival, Germany
Best New Festival
Best Indoor Festival
Metal Hammer Paradise, Germany
Best European Festival Line-Up
Berlin Festival (DE)
Artists’ Favourite European Festival
Headliner of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
Festival Anthem of the Year
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Source: The Guardian, 16 Jan 2014