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Sziget 2017 Wins “Best Lineup” at European Festival Awards

Last night, Europe’s festival scene – along with its many fans around the world – sat on the edge of their seats to see whether they will receive any of the accolades awarded at the European Festival Awards. The ceremony was, as usual, exciting, with many great artists taking the scene. This year, the organizers handed out 15 awards, some of them based on the vote of a committee, others relying entirely on votes from the public. “Take A Stand Award” was given out for the first time this year, based on a Yourope initiative meant to encourage social cohesion.

Best New Festival Award

This year’s Best New Festival Award went to Wacken Winter Nights, a newcomer in Wacken, Germany, about 50km North of Hamburg. The three-day event takes place in February, and has rock, metal, and arts to offer to its visitors. Its 2018 edition takes place between 23 and 25 February, and has bands like Comes Vagantes, Elvenking, Ingrimm, Orphaned Land, and The Moon and The Nightspirit in its lineup.


Other events on the shortlist: Fire Is Gold, Labyrinth Open Croatia, Lollypop, Neversea, Sea Star Festival, Shutdown Festival, Tsunami Xixón, VIBE Festival, Waking Life

Lineup of the Year

The Lineup of the Year award was taken home by Hungary’s Sziget Festival – we won’t go into details, as we already know everything we need to about this one.

Other events on the shortlist: Glastonbury Festival, Lollapalooza Berlin, Lowlands Festival, Melt! Festival, NOS Alive, OpenAir St.Gallen, Pohoda Festival, Rock Werchter, Roskilde Festival

Best Major Festival

EXIT Festival in Serbia won the Best Major Festival award this year. It has been around since 2000, and has gathered quite a few awards ever since, including the Best Major Festival in 2014, and once again this year. Last year, its lineup included artists like The Killers, Years & Years, Liam Gallagher, Rag’n’Bone Man, Lost Frequencies, and many others.

Other shortlisted events: Colours of Ostrava, Hellfest, Lowlands Festival, Parookaville, Summer Breeze Open Air, Sziget Festival, Tomorrowland, Untold, Wacken Open Air

Best Medium-Sized Festival

The Netherlands’ Down The Rabbit Hole took home the Best Medium-Sized Festival this year. The three-day event in Groene Heuvels has been held each June since 2014, and has seen artists like Damon Albarn, Foals, Iggy Pop, PJ Harvey, and others take its stages.

Other shortlisted events: Balaton Sound, Electric Castle, M’era Luna, Melt! Festival, Off Festival Katowice, Pohoda Festival, Reeperbahn Festival, Sea Dance Festival, Splash! Festival

Best Indoor Festival & Best Small Festival

MENT Ljubljana took home two awards at this year’s ceremony: it won both the Best Indoor Festival and the Best Small Festival awards. MENT is around since 2015, and has already made a name for itself thanks to its diverse lineup and conference sessions, visited by many music industry stakeholders, from promoters to managers. Each year, the event launches a “best-of” album with music from Slovenian performers called “Slovenian moMENT 20XX”.

Other events on the short lists:

  • Best Indoor Festival: Altitude Comedy Festival, Lisboa Dance Festival, Lokerse Feesten, Metal Hammer Paradise, Mucho Flow, OOAM Festival, OUT.FEST, Rolling Stone Weekender, WOS Festival
  • Best Small Festival: Cactus Festival, Full Metal Cruise V, Full Metal Mountain, Happiness Festival, Metal Hammer Paradise, Mucho Flow, OOAM Festival, R:EVOL:UTION Festival, Wacken Winter Nights

Newcomer of the Year

The Newcomer of the Year award went to Rory Charles Graham, better known by his stage name Rag’n’Bone Man, an English singer and songwriter who blasted into the global music scene with his single “Human” this year. Unfortunately for the audience, he wasn’t there to receive his award personally.

Other names on the shortlist: Alma, Cigarettes After Sex, Her, Idles, Jain, Parcels, Sampha, Shame, Sigrid

Other accolades

  • Alex Bruford of ATC Live won “Agent of the Year”
  • Goodlive Berlin won “Promoted of the Year”
  • Lowlands’ “Miele Powerwash” won the “Brand Activation Award”
  • Roskilde Festival and Paléo Festival took home the “Health and Safety Innovation Award”
  • Fruzsina Szép, festival director at Lollapalooza Berlin received the “Award for Excellence and Passion”
  • Daniel Rossellat, founder of Paléo Festival, received the “Lifetime Achievement Award”
  • Pohoda Festival won the “Green Operation Award” for its clean and sustainable operations
  • Roskilde Festival won the “Take A Stand Award”
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85 thoughts on “Sziget 2017 Wins “Best Lineup” at European Festival Awards

  1. But how?
    Wasmt Roskilde Reading or literally any other western europeamn festival competeing?

  2. This is all just silly talk. Awards are generally stupid, but these feel more like awards based solely on social network ability, even though Sziget doesn’t feel at the top of that list either. Now we’ll have to hear about how great Sziget is in terms of lineup, and we know its all just lies.

    Just give us the damned lineup! This is getting strange with the silence.

  3. They won the same prize for Sziget 2015, which had a pretty bad line-up, but in 2016 they brought some good names as Muse, TLSP, Noel Gallagher etc. I think we’ll get the Arctic Monkeys now.

  4. This time we’ll not get just a few names like we usually get at this point, but they’ll release a great part of the lineup as they told the promoters that posters and leaflets are ready to be sent and distributed.
    Maybe they waited for a specific artist or maybe just because they decided to change strategy

  5. hey…do I hear a bit of sarcasm???

    ….wait and see…what the winner of the best lineup…will present us for 2018….

    I am very exited…..

    a very good undercard…and I´m happy….

  6. We’ll see… they’re both around!
    I’ll obviously complain if the lineup is shitty but I am confident for now 🙂

    What do you think of Apparat?

  7. I really think that this year’s line-up is gonna be good and I’m happy that we’ll finally find out next week.

    I really think that AM are possible, even more if Mad Cool announce them next week instead of this one, as that would hint that the band will also announce their tour next week.

  8. The dutch Sziget fb page confirms that names will be released next week, and they’re opinion is that the line-up will be better than last year.

  9. Rumors….Arctic Monkeys,Gorillaz,Eminem,Britney Spears,Kygo,Mando Diao,Sleaford Mods,Lykke Li ,Netsky,Kaleo,Patti Smith

  10. @fsfsf as already said, they could call anyone and you wouldn’t be happy … let’s see, maybe they’ll do a lineup on your tastes

  11. So it seems they will announce at least one act who doesn’t have summer date yet in Europe. My guesses:

    – Arctic Monkeys: heavily rumoured and new album probably this year
    – Eminem: heavily rumoured, released a new album in december
    – Kendrick Lamar: new album last year, sold out EU tour at Spring but no European festival dates yet
    – Jay-Z: new album last year, doesn’t have any dates
    – Radiohead: no new album but they will be touring: https://www.axs.com/radiohead-teases-2018-tour-dates-125469

  12. @SkaPanda Kendrick Lamar is on Primavera Barcelona. In May. So unlikely. I dont think Eminem will come. Arctic Monkeys + some shithead DJ is my guess.

  13. In exactly 25 hours and 16 minutes we will be laughing. Some of you will try to justify it with “sziget is not about the line-up” , “let’s hope for good undercards” but all in all we will be still laughing and in 2019 it will win the best line-up award. Time is a flat circle.

  14. It seems that Tomorrowland announces first names at the same hour as Sziget tomorrow. I guess we should be ready for some crap DJs.

  15. Honestly, it would be funny & in the same time sad if the big news of tomorrow will be Avicii returns from the so-called “tour-retirement”.

  16. slightly more than 12 hours to go i’m making some final guesses

    -Arctic monkey
    -Alt-J
    -Prodigy
    -Kraftklub
    -Gogol Bordello
    -Tash Sultana

  17. let me guess. those first names will be not the great ones, as it has been for several last years already?

  18. lol at the avicii thing…

    can’t wait for the press release:
    “After years of not touching each other, Avicii and his computer finally came to good terms and reunited. The management said that the millions of fans and the easy money-making without adding any value to it were sorely missed by the Swedish superstar.. Avicii will be “performing” all over Europe in the summer festival season”

  19. @Fsfsf sorry i should’ve asked what do you think of him instead of being offensive!
    anyway! really happy if they announce him but not enough to justify this delay… (and the time of announcement)

  20. Oya has also Arcade Fire and Lykke Li as headliners… Arcade Fire are unlikely but Lykke would be good. Not like headliner but is a good name for me. Kendrick is one of the top artist touring in Europe this year. Normally Sziget never get the top contemporary palyer but let’s see 🙂

  21. Not a big fan of Kendrick as a festival headliner, I like his lyrics though.
    If we need a big pop-rap headliner, I would choose the cheapest one of the list: Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Jay-Z. And spend the rest on something more festival-ish.

  22. Saying Kendrick is no welcome is a nobrainer statement. This festival goes a lot around pop-ish headliners and that is something we suffered through the year since 2016 (being as most optimistic as possible, since David Guetta first appeared in 2013 or 2012) – when the pop presence meets talent it is just to praise the pick of organization.
    100 times Robbie Williams over Rihanna as 100 times Kendrick Lamar over Wiz Khalifa.

  23. If they bring to the table Kendrick, AM, Gorillaz, Bonobo and NIN/ATDI I buy my ticket the day of the last name announced

  24. If it is true, it is quite sad. It looks like regular Sziget announcement, I hoped for something bigger this late.

  25. The same guy said that we’ll get about 36 acts, so maybe there will be DJs… The forums is efestivals, there is a Sziget topic as well.

  26. Another leak, this time from reddit:

    Line-up: Kendrick Lamar, Kygo, Mumford & Sons, Liam Gallagher, Bastille, Lykke Li, The Kooks, MØ, Parov Stelar, Kaleo, Zara Larsson, Gogol Bordello, Clean Bandit, Blossoms, Wolf Alice, Little Dragon, Cigarettes After Sex, Goo Goo Dolls, Fink, Seasick Steve, Nothing But Thieves, Slaves, Everything Everything, Lewis Capaldi, Lemaitre, La Femme, Alle Farben, Joe Goddard, Above & Beyond, Ummet Ozcan, Sam Feldt, Jay Hardway, The Him, WhoMadeWho, Shame, Perturbator.

    Seems to be true. https://imgur.com/GtOQsR1

    The article was deleted from that website, but there is also a Google Cache version.

  27. haha, there it goes with your Eminem and Arctic Monkeys!! 🙂
    Looks like Sziget didn’t surprise us again 🙂
    Looks like Mad Cool for me this year.

  28. @Patrick Bateman AHAHAHAHAHA

    All in all, given the first announcements in the last 3 years, this promise well tbh. Of course there would not be any AM today, also Mad Cool and Werchter have them but they have to wait for the releasing of the world tour, so if Sziget has them, we have to wait.

    Eminem always have been a supposition, for Sziget and Benicassim, also for that we have to wait, but given Kendrick, given the last Eminem’s album, I’d be happy without him.

    This is whining for whining’s sake.

  29. I’m actually very happy with Kendrick, Mumford, Liam Gallagher, Wolf Alice, Kaleo, Gogol Bordello, Little Dragon, Cigarettes After Sex, Fink, Seasick Steve, Slaves, Everything Everything, Shame and Perturbator. Most of them critically acclaimed and very good live performers. 🙂

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