Greener Festival Award winners – you can pick up your Award!

We have already had seven festivals pick up their Greener Festival Awards. At the Festival Congress in Cardiff this weekend three UK festivals, Wood, Shambala Festival and Nozstock picked up their winners certificates from our Assessors Livvy Drake and Penny Mellor, Bev Hewes from our sponsor Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach and our very own Helen Innes, whilst over at ADE Green at the Amsterdam Dance Event our Assessor Isja Dominicus and Paul Schurink from Green Events Nederlands were on hand to pass on our congratulations and certificates to four Dutch festivals,  Extrema Outdoor, DGTL Festival, Mysterland and Welcome to the Future. As part of the Awards scheme fifty trees were planted in the Festival Wood in Dundreggan, Scotland, a lasting testimonial to all of our entries’ green efforts in 2014 and which now has more than 1,000 trees planted. End of the Road‘s fantastic 2014 audience scheme which has resulted in the planting of another 719 trees won its own award at the Festival Congress Awards.

We have more presentations planned:

At Green Events Europe in Bonn (3-4 November)

At the UK Festival Conference and Awards in London (1 Dec)

At the International Music Festival Conference in Austin, Texas, USA (7-9 Dec)

At the European Festival Awards at EuroSonic in Groningen, Netherlands (January 14 2015)

Shambala collect their 'outstanding' Award

Shambala collect their ‘outstanding’ Award

Robin from Wood collects their Award

Robin from Wood collects their Award



Well done Nozstock!

Well done Nozstock!

 

The presentations at ADE Green

The presentations at ADE Green

Those certificates in a nifty recycled frame!

Those certificates in a nifty recycled frame!

RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD SCHEME

AGF_Award_GENERIC_outlines-ver336 festivals from around the World have been awarded the Greener Festival Award by the environmental campaign and advice group A Greener Festival. The Award scheme, supported by Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach Insurance Brokers, acknowledges that festivals do have an impact simply by taking place, but aims to encourage festival organisers to make the best decisions to minimise their event’s environmental impact, to monitor, identify and correct negative effects, and to share the message of caring for the environment with their audiences so that festivals can have a positive impact beyond the event itself. The Awards asks festival organisers to respond to the challenges that staging temporary events can have on the environment and local inhabitants including humans. This year A Greener Festival say they have witnessed incredible initiatives, designs, developments and commitment to reducing the impact of live events – demonstrating that festivals can be sustainable, save money, be responsible, and still have fun by becoming a ‘Greener Festival’

agf BonaNit_19julio_-1At the highly commended Bonnaroo (US), A Greener Festival’s independent environmental assessor commented that the festival’s “investment in long term energy from their solar panels is second to none”. At the commended DGTL festival in Amsterdam, organisers used significant efforts to raise environmental awareness and brought in a design-focussed environmental coordinator, undertaking a pre-festival study to understand their own, and their neighbours’ priorities. This led to a key design feature of an on-site “recycling factory” which turned waste plastic bottles and containers into recycled plastic bins during the festival in front of the audience’s eyes. At another commended festival, Planeta Madrid in Spain, the City Council has instigated a plan called Madrid Compensa which allows trees to be planted to offset the CO2 emissions from the festival – and PlanetaMadrid also has a free bicycle workshop not just to learn about cycling – festival goers can take their bikes to be fixed as well!  At the Shambala Festival in the UK, rated ‘outstanding by A Greener Festival,  organisers achieved 100% renewable power and a ‘zero to landfill’ unrecycled waste target – as waste streams were diverted from landfill to a MBT (mechanical biological treatment) plant whilst a plastic water bottle ban was a continued success – as were the  ever popular Thunderbox compost toilets.

agf Oya cycle standAt the commended Body and Soul Festival in Ireland, the environmental assessors were very impressed by imaginative use of the spaces, including woodland groves, saying that the site and stages were beautifully decorated with recycled materials. The highly commended Northside Festival in Denmark encourages people to travel to the event using low carbon methods of transport – Northside offers bike stands for more than 10,000 bikes and organises festival buses – as well as the “Camino” – a decorative pathway through a park from the town of Aarhus to the festival site, encouraging visitors to walk or cycle from the town centre to the festival. The highly commended Malmo Festivalen in Sweden was praised for its efforts to demonstrate social inclusion, well being, environmental consideration and wider sustainability, whilst the commended Calgary Folk Music festival has emerged as a leader and model for public events in Calgary in terms of its waste management and recycling, with a water bottle ban and the encouragement of reusable/recyclable materials in vending.

So far 15 festivals have received the ‘commended’ award, 12 have received ‘highly commended’ and 9 have been rated ‘outstanding’ by A Greener Festival. More winners of the awards will be announced in November with a total of nearly 50 awards expected, a new record for the Awards scheme, with the first ever recipients in Denmark, Austria and New Zealand.  Winners of the Awards can pick up their certificates  at the Green Events Europe conference in Bonn, Germany (3rd November), at the UK FestivalAwards in London (1st December 1), at the International Music Festival Conference in Austin, Texas (6-7 December) and at the European Festival Awards in Groningen (14th January 14).

COMMENDED

Beloved (US)

Body and Soul (Ireland)

Bluesfest  (Australia)

Calgary Folk Music Festival (Canada)

Canmore Folk Festival (Canada)

DGTL Festival (Netherlands)

Extrema Outdoor (Netherlands)

Maifeld Derby (Germany)

Northern Lights Music Festival (USA)

Nozstock The Hidden Valley (UK)

Planeta Madrid  (Spain)

Plissken (Greece)

Sled Island   (Canada)

SOS 4:8  (Spain)

T in the Park  (SCO)

 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bonnaroo (USA)

Bona Nit  (Spain)

DAS FEST  (Germany)

The Falls Music and Arts Festival, Lorne (Australia)

Freifeld Festivalt(Germany)

Global 2000 Tomorrow Festival (Austria)

Malmo Festivalen (Sweden)

Mysteryland (Netherlands)

Northside  (Denmark)

Splendour in the Grass (Australia)

Splore  (New Zealand)

Wood (UK)

 

OUTSTANDING

Cambridge Folk  Festival (UK)

The Falls Music and Arts Festival, Marion Bay (Australia)

Ilosaarirock Festival  (Finland)

Island Vibe 2013  (Australia)

Lightning In A Bottle (USA)

Oyafestivalen (Norway)

Shambala Festival (UK)

We Love Green (France)

Welcome to the Future (Netherlands)

Shambala pick up their 'outstanding' award

Shambala pick up their ‘outstanding’ award

Wood, Shambala and Nozstock collected their awards at the AIF Festival Congress in Cardiff and DGTL, Welcome to the Future, Extrema Outdoors and Mysteryland collected their awards in Amsterdam at ADE Dance.

A Greener Festival co-founder Ben Challis said

This year has been an encouraging year for environmentally aware events and a record year for our Awards scheme, with more festivals than ever before taking part. Rising fuel costs prove the good sense in reducing power use, and the ever increasing costs in disposing of waste prove the importance of managing waste and having sensible recycling policies. Problems remain of course – from England to Australia, one of the biggest problems is the appalling sight of acres of left behind tents and camping gear at festivals, and we will be prioritising this again in 2015. On a positive front, many of our participating events have raised the bar yet again –  and we are seeing some amazing initiatives, incredible commitment and  festivals reaching out to spread the green message in a friendly, practical and effective way”

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Live Music Business Awards Winners 2014

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Best Venue Teamwork – Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Best Venue Teamwork – Arena The SSE Hydro, Glasgow

Best Venue Teamwork – Theatre/ Concert Troxy, London

Best Venue Teamwork – Art Centre Band on the Wall, Manchester

Best Venue Teamwork – Art Centre Norwich Arts Centre

Best Venue Teamwork – Campus The Forum Hertfordshire, Hatfield

Best Venue Teamwork – Major Club (cap 800+) Rock City, Nottingham

Best Venue Teamwork – Club (cap under 800) Thekla, Bristol

Agent of the Year – James Rubin, The Agency Group (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, ASAP Rocky)

Artiste Manager of the Year – Stuart Camp, Rocket Music (Ed Sheeran)

National Promoter of the Year –  SJM Concerts

Regional Promoter of the Year – Cuffe & Taylor, North West

Indie Promoter of the Year (Local impact)  – Kai Harris, Advance Promotions (South East)

Tour Manager of the Year – Tre Stead (Frank Turner)

Best Record Label Partner – Callum Caulfield, Atlantic (Ed Sheeran, Frightened Rabbit)

Spectacle of the Year (Best Production) – Kate Bush at Eventim Apollo

Best Festival (cap 40,000+) – Bestival

Best Festival (cap 15,000-39,999) – Secret Garden Party

Best Festival (cap under 15,000) – Festival No 6

Breakthrough Artiste – Royal Blood

Greatest Brand Impact Tuborg

Best Festival Performance – Royal Blood at Glastonbury

Unsung Hero – Prue Almond, ITB

Outstanding Contribution – Barry Dickins, ITB

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AIF announces winners of the first ever Festival Congress Awards

The Bestival team

The Bestival team

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has  announced the winners of the first ever Festival Congress Awards at a sold-out ceremony in Cardiff’s Portland House. The ceremony recognised and celebrated the great variety of work that took place in the festival industry this year. Winners included Catfish & the Bottlemen for ‘Live Act of the Year’,  Showsec for ‘Friendliest Security Staff’,  Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip for ‘Artist for the Audience’ and The Arcadia Spider in the ‘Mind-Blowing Spectacle Award’ category. Dan Le Sac, said: “We are honoured to win this award. We’ve spent the last 8 years together planning shows because we love gigging, so to be recognised for that is truly wondrous! The cherry on the cake is that the award comes from the AIF – the independent festival scene is hugely vibrant in the UK and plays a massive part in keeping the music industry alive.”

Dan le Sac

Dan le Sac

AIF vice chair, John Rostron, said: “What a way to kick off the first ever Festival Congress Awards, with some terrific winners and plenty of good fun in the mix. The fact there are winners here who aren’t even a part of the AIF, yet have been nominated and voted for by our membership, demonstrates the great spirit of support for the sector, which runs throughout the AIF. Our festivals LOVE festivals, and there’s a lot of love for these worthy winners.” The awards were hosted by Ben Challis and featured an introduction by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio One) and Bethan Elfyn (BBC Radio Wales). There were also showcase performances from talented emerging Welsh music acts Baby Queens and Gabrielle Murphy, in connection with the AIF’s exciting partnership with the BBC’s Horizons scheme.

And those winners were:

The Outstanding Contribution Award – Rob da Bank

Supporter of Emerging Talent Award – 2000 Trees

New Festival on the Block – Fire in the Mountain

Silver Service Award – Goan Seafood Company

Unique Festival Site – Festival No.6

Live Act of the Year – Catfish & the Bottlemen

Artist for the Audience – Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip

Mind-Blowing Spectacle Award – The Arcadia Spider

Smart Marketing Campaign of the Year – Bestival Mirror Ball

Random Act of Kindness Award – End of the Road audience: Festival Wood

Culture & Tourism Award: Forward Thinking Local Authority – Dorset County Council

Friendliest Security Staff – Showsec

Festival Blogger of the Year – Shell Zenner

Emmet Brown Award – Shambala Festival: Fuel Efficient Technology

Festival Venue of the Year – End of the Road: The Garden Stage

Unsung Hero – James Goodall

Shambala collect their Greener Festival Award

Shambala collect their Greener Festival Award

A Greener Fesival also handed out its Greener Festival  awards to Shambala (Outstanding), Wood (Outstanding) and Nozstock (Commended) with our very own Helen Innes in charge of proceedings at a drinks reception sponsored by our good friends at Robertson Taylor WP Longreach.

An after party at Cardiff’s Glee Club followed the ceremony and was soundtracked by icons of the DJ world including Huw Stephens, Madame Electrifie, DJ Chris Tofu and Count Skylarkin. The awards ceremony took place on the first night of the AIF Festival Congress, a two-day gathering of those behind the success of festivals around the world as they met to network, learn and celebrate. The congress featured keynote speaker Jude Kelly and speeches from high-profile figures of the industry such as Martin Elbourne, Stuart Galbraith and Alison Wenham. For further details go to http://aiforg.com/initiatives/festival-congress

ANOTHER PLANET?

eco-techBrighton Centre , Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June 2015.

www.ecotechnologyshow.co.uk

The European Commission  has given Britain the green light for a huge government subsidy that will open the way for the first atomic power stations to be built for nearly 20 years. A majority of commissioners agreed Britain was not breaking state aid rules, overcoming the last regulatory hurdle for EDF Energy and its plan to construct Hinkley Point C in Somerset, south-west England. EDF believes the project will cost £16bn but the EC claimed construction costs alone by the time the plant is built in 2023 will be more than £24bn with a further possible £10bn of contingency payments.

Vodafone and Telefónica O2 have teamed up with UK sustainable development organisation Forum for the Future to create the Eco Rating 2.0 – an industry-wide ratings system that compares the green credentials of different mobile devices. 

LEGOSHELLLego has ended it’s partnership with shell following a Greenpeace campaign. The Toymaker will not renew current multimillion pound deal, that sees Shell-branded Lego sets sold at petrol stations. The split follows a viral video against Arctic drilling by the green group. Initially Lego had resisted Greenpeace, arguing that it ought to deal directly with Shell.  Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, the toy maker’s chief -executive, said Lego would honour its existing deal with Shell, which began in 2011, but “as things currently stand we will not renew the contract with Shell when the present contract ends”.

sunken new yorkDozens of America’s east coast cities face routine tidal flooding under climate change researchers have said. Miami will deploy new pumps this week to hold back the waters of the King Tides, the highest annual high tides, which are projected to crest at 3.5 feet (1.07m). Other cities are going to have to undertake similar measures if they want to avoid soggy streets in the future, the researchers said The report, Encroaching Tides: How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years, from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), found most of the towns on America’s east coast will see triple the number of flooding events by 2030. More on the Guardian website here.

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has published its six-year strategy for achieving a circular economy throughout Europe.  Driving the Circular Economy, launched in Brussels, outlines a variety of sustainability and waste-management improvements for European policy makers. The Strategy was welcomed by the EU’s outgoing Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik, who said: “The role of the waste management sector is crucial in the transition towards a circular economy.”

Rising carbon dioxide levels in oceans adversely change the behaviour of fish through generations, raising the possibility that marine species may never fully adapt to their changed environment a new study, published in Nature Climate Change, has found.

powerstation3Glasgow University has become the first academic institution in Europe to divest from the fossil fuel industry. After 12 months of campaigning, led by the Glasgow University Climate Action Society and involving over 1,300 students, the university court  voted to begin divesting £18m from the fossil fuel industry and freeze new investments across its entire endowment of £128m.

FrackOffUK Ministers’ rewriting of the law to allow fracking to happen beneath people’s homes without their permission flouts basic democratic rights, according to the author and activist Naomi Klein. Klien argues that the UK government’s changes to trespass laws, to speed up the ability for shale gas companies to frack beneath landowners’ property, was energising resistance to fracking in Britain. she told audience at a Guardian event in London:  “What is animating the anti-fracking movement? Yes, it’s water. It’s also a defence of democracy. The fact the government is colluding with energy companies to force the right to frack underneath people’s homes without their permission flies in the face of the most common-sense definition of democracy and self-definition” .  Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has brought the UK political party’s conference season to a close by insisting that a sustainable environment “will remain at the heart of the Liberal Democrats’ vision for Britain’s future”.  In what proved to be the greenest speech compared with his Conservative and Labour counterparts, Clegg also told Lib Dem activists in Glasgow that his party would be launching a new commitment to ‘five green laws’ in its next manifesto, in an effort to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint.  Liz Hutchins, senior political campaigner at Friends of the Earth said “Nick Clegg is right to pillory the PM over his environmental commitment. For people who’ve been flooded or choking on polluted air, for those threatened by fracking or shivering in heat-leaking homes, green is most definitely not crap.” adding “But the Liberal Democrats have themselves failed to hold the green line in the Coalition, capitulating on landmark issues such as a legally-binding target for cleaning up UK power generation. Liberal Democrat green credibility will ultimately be judged by what they do in office – not the promises they make for the future.”

The Government has sparked a furious backlash from renewable energy campaigners and trade groups by confirming controversial changes to solar farm subsidies.  The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced it would be removing large-scale solar farms from the existing Renewables Obligation (RO) initiative. It did, however, sweeten the deal somewhat by also announcing it would be adding almost £100m to the Contracts for Difference (CfD) budget.  The move to bar solar farms of more than 5MW from the RO process has prompted a sharp response from the industry, with edie hearing from the Solar Trade Association (STA), Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Friends of the Earth among others.

Edie.net reports that four out of five business leaders say energy affordability is important to their company, nearly twice the amount that prioritised a low-carbon economy.  The findings come from a YouGov survey of 600 senior business decision-makers, commissioned by npower. In a similar vein, 58% of respondents said their firms would be ‘unwilling’ or ‘unlikely to be willing’ to increase their energy bills to fund low-carbon government schemes.

mapco2An interactive map from the World Resources Institute tracks how carbon dioxide emissions are distributed globally and how they’ve changed over the past two centuries.

Yorkshire Water has opened its first self-powered sewage works. The plant will use advanced BioThelys technology to generate renewable biogas from 30,000 tonnes per year of sludge, producing enough heat and power for its entire 750 acre site. The project, which took two years to finish, is expected to reduce Yorkshire Water’s carbon footprint by 9000 tonnes per year, saving the company £1.3m per year in energy costs.

The Welsh Government has introduced the Food Manufacture, Service and Retail Sector Plan with a view to preventing waste, reducing waste production and increasing recycling across supply chains.  The new scheme supports Wales’ ongoing ‘Towards Zero Waste’ strategy and underlines the importance of:

- waste prevention, and more sustainable ways of consuming and producing
– very high levels of reuse and recycling of the waste that is produced, and make sure that it is the right type of recycling (i.e. closed loop); in particular, for reuse, food waste from the food manufacturing sector to be used as animal feed
– sending food waste to anaerobic digestion plants to generate valuable renewable energy and fertiliser. You can download the Report here.

They Took A Camera To A Remote Area In Greenland, And What They Recorded Is Simply Terrifying. Climate change not happening? Have a look yourself.

Students at the University of East Anglia are being encouraged to urinate in the shower – to save water. The initiative has been developed by students Debs Torr and Chris Dobson and they have called their campaign ‘getwiththeflow’.

A new satellite system will be able to track illegal fishing around the globe. Tony Long, a formal Royal Navy commander and a campaigner against illegal fishing said the system can even identify boats through their sailing patterns.

Owen Paterson, the UK’s former environment secretary, has called on the UK government to scrap the Climate Change Act, passed in 2008, saying that sticking to green targets will mean the light will go out in the UK and a reduction of 80% of CO2 emissions by 2050 risks the UK’s energy security. Paterson, giving a speech to the Global Warming Policy Forum was criticised by Energy Secretary Ed Davey who said that tearing up the Climate Change Act would be “one of the most stupid economic decisions imaginable” and that the majority  of EU member states were now prepared to adopt similar targets as the UK.  The Act makes it the duty of the Secretary of State to ensure that the net UK carbon account for all six Kyoto greenhouse gases for the year 2050 is at least 80% lower than the 1990 baseline, toward avoiding dangerous climate change. The Act aims to enable the United Kingdom to become a low-carbon economy and gives ministers powers to introduce the measures necessary to achieve a range of greenhouse gas reduction targets. An independent Committee on Climate Change has been created under the Act to provide advice to UK Government on these targets and related policies.

FESTIVAL NEWS

spainAiming to gather Spanish festivals and to provide a platform for reflection, BIME and the ‘Asociación de Promotores Musicales’ (APM) will organize the first ‘Congreso de Festivales de Música’ (Congress of Music Festivals). The event will take place in Bilbao on 29-31October 2014 with an estimated 50 festivals already confirmed to take part. Topics scheduled to be cvered incude  Ticketing and access systems, cashless and intelligent solutions,  Services for festival-goers, Apps, Crowd funding platforms, Tour operators, Social media integrations, Legal frameworks and  Public and private financing. More information from info@bime.net and APM members contact secretaria@apmusicales.com.

wackenA decision in a dispute between eBay and German soccer team over the re-sale of personalised tickets which was favourable to the online retailer has prompted the organisers of Germany’s Wacken Open Air heavy metal festival to think again about personalising their tickets in 2015. Waken also have a trial pending with eBay over the re-sale of their own tickets, currently personalised, Lamenting a set back in the fight against ticket touts, Thomas Jensen from WOA promoters ICS explained that the same judge is hearing the WOA case – and the judge has previously decided  held that platforms such as eBay do not have to delete offers of the sale of personalised tickets from their sites.  Earlier this year secondary ticketing site Seatwave agreed with German promoters association BDV to remove personalised  tickets from six Robbie Williams concerts from it’s site. 

The Australian iHeartRadio Music Festival has been cancelled with organisers citing the unavailability of a key headliner. With Miley Cyrus, Redfoo and the Faders already confirmed, tickets had gone on sale. The iHeart Radio festival brand was started in the USA.

MTV’s Push Festival in Helsinki, Finland, promoted by the channel to champion new talent will become an annual plan after the success of its first year. MTV’s flagship event, the MTV Europe Awards will take place at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on November 9th, 

The sixth edition of the European Festival Awards will take place in Groningen on Wednesday 14th January 2014, hosted by Ben Challis promoted by Yourope, EuroSonic and Festival Awards Ltd.


Glasto2013_JASpotify has revealed details of the top ten festivals according to their global impact on music streams. Glastonbury Festival was named the most influential festival in the world by Spotify, after it spurred a 78% increase in streams for headliners Kasabian, Metallica and Arcade Fire. Glastonbury headliners experienced a 57% rise in streams in the UK, while achieving a 60% increase in the US. Australia’s Future Music Festival placed second on the list, gaining an average 70% increase for its headliners Deadmau5, Phoenix and Pharrell Williams. 

Top 10 Festivals according to global impact on streams

1. Glastonbury, UK

2. Future Music Festival, Australia

3. Way Out West, Sweden

4. Les Vieilles Charrues, France

5. Coachella, US

6. Hove Festival, Norway

7. Laneway Festival, Australia

8. Rock Am Ring, Germany

9. Roskilde, Denmark

10. Bilbao BBK Live, Spain


Top 10 most globally streamed festival headliners

1. Pharrell Williams, Future Music Festival

2. Deadmau5, Future Music Festival

3. James Blake, Laneway Festival

4. The Offspring, Ruisrock

5. M.I.A., Hove Festival

6. Stevie Wonder, Roskilde

7. Phoenix, Ruisrock and Future Music Festival

8. Outkast, Coachella and Way Out West

9. Arctic Monkeys, Roskilde and Les Vieilles Charrues

10. Imagine Dragons, Hove Festival


sscAnd over on Festival Insights you can catch up with the UK’s Surplus Supper Club: This is an ethical event catering business spearheaded by FareShare South West, the award-winning charity that redistributes in-life, surplus food in an attempt to aid vulnerable people and curb rampant food wastage. The UK food industry disposes of four tonnes of perfectly good food every year, and the Surplus Supper Club repurposes these ingredients into delicious meals whose proceeds go to charity. Moreover, its volunteering opportunities offer a route back into society for the marginalised and dispossessed. More here.

AND DON’T FORGET THIS WEEK – IT’S THE LIVE UK SUMMIT IN LONDON, THE AMSTERDAM DANCE EVENT,  FESTIVAL CONGRESS IN CARDIFF AND MAMA EVENT IN PARIS!

EFA returns to Groningen for its 6th edition, announces new award

photo1Following its sold-out fifth edition in January, theEUROPEAN FESTIVAL AWARDS, presented in association with YOUROPE and Eurosonic Noorderslag, will return in the New Year to celebrate the successes of Europe’s music festival industry. The gala award show will open Eurosonic Noorderslag in style on Wednesday 14th January 2015 at De Oosterpoort in Groningen, The Netherlands hosted by musuc lawyer and punk rock star Ben Challis.                                                                                                                                                        
Nominations are now open and will run until September 27, 2013, during which time festivals can put themselves forward to take part in the awards, which features categories including Best Major Festival, Artists’ Favourite Festival, Headliner Of The Year, the Health & Safety Innovation Awardand the Lifetime Achievement Award.This year also sees the launch of a brand new Award For Excellence And Passion, dedicated to an individual whose exceptional passion and dedication has created a truly unique and magical entity in the marketplace much bigger than the sum of acts that perform there.Festivals can apply to take part here.FKP Scorpio chief Folkert Koopmans at last year's awards

Decided by a combination of public vote and industry juries, the European Festival Awards are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

Last year’s European Festival Awards featured over 350 festivals from 32 different countries, with over 1 million votes cast.

Festival Awards Director and co-founder Steve Jenner, said: “It’s been a great year for festivals across Europe with more buoyant ticket sales than we’ve seen in recent years, and good weather. We’re very excited to see which ones most impressed the fans and our industry juries”.

Christof Huber, Chairman, Yourope adds: “It’s been a very busy festival summer 2015 and we are looking forward to gather in Groningen to celebrate some of the best festivals and achievements in a friendly atmosphere

Public voting in this year’s Awards will run from 6th to 27th October 2014.

The final shortlists will be announced on 10th November with the winners revealed at the awards show on 14th January.

Tickets to the event are on-sale now. Platinum Tickets incl a gala dinner are restricted to festival organisers (maximum 4 tickets per festival) until 30st October, available to order here.