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Festival of the Future Awards: The Winners


We're delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Festival of the Future Awards – our very own awards launched to celebrate the festivals and initiatives that are leading the way in innovation.

Looking beyond the lineups and the headline-grabbing stories, we wanted to delve deeper, exploring seven areas that shape the music festival experience as a whole.

The winners were chosen by a panel of expert figures from across the industry – from booking agents, to marketing managers, to music journalists – who each chose a first and second place pick from the shortlisted nominees.

See the full list below, including the other highly commended festivals. We'll be sharing the winners' stories in the coming weeks,  so watch this space.


INCLUSIVITY

Winner: All Points East, UK

Highly Commended:
Strawberries & Creem Festival, UK
Wacken Open Air, Germany
Snowbombing and Smirnoff Equalising Music, Austria
Festival Tradidanças, Portugal

LOCATION

Winner: Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria

Highly Commended:
Bergenfest, Norway
TH!NK? Festival, Germany
INSTYTUT, Poland

INNOVATION IN STAGING

WinnerBilbao BBK Live, Spain

Highly Commended:
Back of Beyond Festival, UK
Let It Roll, Czech Republic
Parklife Festival, UK 
Transmission, Czech Republic

SUSTAINABILITY

Winner: Orbits, Portugal

Highly Commended:
Boardmasters, UK
Kala Festival, Albania
Firefly Music Festival, USA
DGTL, the Netherlands

HEALTH

WinnerThe Loop, UK

Highly Commended:
Festifeel, UK
Velorama Festival, USA
Festival Tradidanças, Portugal
NATURE ONE, Germany


TECHNOLOGY

Winner: Pukkelpop & Appmiral, Belgium

Highly Commended:
DGTL, the Netherlands
Untold, Romania
Electric Love Festival, Austria
Bestival and tappit, UK


ACCOMMODATION

Winner: KarTent, the Netherlands

Highly Commended:
NATURE ONE, Germany
Pohoda Festival, Slovakia
Podpads, UK
Kala Festival, Albania


Find out more about the awards here 

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