Festicket Awards 2016 Winners: Tomorrowland, Martin Garrix, Radiohead and More

The readers of Festicket Magazine have named some big winners in the Festicket Awards 2016, with Tomorrowland, Martin Garrix, Drake, Radiohead, Defqon. 1 and Awakenings Festival among those coming out on top.

In each of six categories, readers were asked to vote for the best festival and the best artist of the year.

Following their crown in the 2015 awards, Tomorrowland again stormed to victory in the EDM/Dance category with 68% of the vote, the most decisive win in any category. Miami's Ultra Music Festival and the UK's Creamfields came second and third, with 11% and 8% of the vote respectively.

Young pup extraordinaire Martin Garrix continues to ride the wave, emerging with 27% of the vote and is joined by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (19%) and Armin van Buuren (10%) on the podium.

Defqon. 1 Festival stole the show in the Harsdtyle/DnB category with 38%, while hardstyle producer Brennan Heart leapt ahead of his challengers with 34%.

Over in Metal/Rock, Download Festival (28%) and Rammstein (19%) were triumphant, while Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and Drake led the line in the Rap/Hip-Hop/RnB category.

Dutch electronic giant Awakenings Festival (20%) narrowly edged out Germany's Time Warp DE (19%) to take the House/Techno festival crown, while UK old-timer Carl Cox (26%) pushed Solomun (20%) and Adam Beyer (19%) into second and third.

And rounding things off in the Rock/Pop/Indie category, sister festivals Reading and Leeds bagged 26% of the vote, to fend off the might of Coachella (18%) and Lollapalooza (13%). Yet another great year for Radiohead saw them end up with 20% of the vote and edge ahead of the late David Bowie (16%) who so sadly passed away on 10 January.

The full results are below, along with the vote percentage of each top 3, followed by the other nominees in each category.

Best EDM/Dance Festival

Tomorrowland (68%)

Ultra Music Festival (11%)

Creamfields (8%)

Balaton Sound

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas

Electric Zoo Festival

Electrobeach Music Festival

MEO Sudoeste

Sziget Festival

Untold Festival

Best EDM/Dance Artist

Martin Garrix (27%)

Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike (18%)

Armin van Buuren (10%)


David Guetta


Oliver Heldens


Steve Aoki


Best Hardstyle/DnB Festival

Defqon.1 Festival (38%)

Syndicate Festival (17%)

Qlimax (14%)

Decibel Outdoor Festival

Ground Zero Festival

Hard Island

Let It Roll Open Air

Nu Forms



Best Hardstyle or DnB Artist

Brennan Heart (34%)

Andy C (13%)

Chase & Status (12%)




London Elektricity



Radical Redemption


Best Metal/Rock Festival

Download Festival (28%)

Hellfest Open Air (21%)

Rock am Ring & Rock im Park (15%)


Hell and Heaven Fest

Nova Rock

Resurrection Fest

Sweden Rock Festival

Tuska Open Air

Wacken Open Air

Best Metal/Rock Artist

Rammstein (19%)

Metallica (18%)

Iron Maiden (15%)

Biffy Clyro

Black Sabbath

Guns n Roses


Rob Zombie



Best Rap/Hip-Hop/RnB Festival

Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival (22%)

Wireless Festival (21%)

MTV presents REC (13%)

A3C Festival & Conference


Fresh Island


Openair Frauenfeld


Parklife Festival

Best Rap/Hip-Hop/RnB Artist

Drake (26%)

Kendrick Lamar (16%)

Rihanna (14%)


Boy Better Know

Chance the Rapper

Frank Ocean

Kanye West


Wiz Khalifa

Best House/Techno Festival

Awakenings Festival (20%)

Time Warp DE (19%)

DGTL Festival Amsterdam (17%)

Annie Mac Presents: Lost and Found Festival

Hideout Festival

MAYDAY Dortmund

Movement Electronic Music Festival

Nature One

Sonus Festival

Storyland Festival

Best House/Techno Artist

Carl Cox (26%)

Solomun (20%)

Adam Beyer (19%)


Ben Klock




Tale of Us

The Black Madonna

Best Rock/Pop/Indie Festival

Reading & Leeds (26%)

Coachella (18%)

Lollapalooza (13%)


Bilbao BBK Live

NOS Alive

Pitchfork Music Festival

Primavera Sound

Rock in Rio Lisboa

Secret Solstice

Best Rock/Pop/Indie Artist

Radiohead (20%)

David Bowie (16%)

The 1975 (13%)

Arcade Fire


Jack Garratt

LCD Soundsystem

Tame Impala

Two Door Cinema Club

Wolf Alice


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