Every year, Groningen is turned into a showcase behemoth as part of the Eurosonic Festival which spans across the whole city. On the opening night of the festival, the European Festival Awards take place in the heart of the city, taking place for the 7th time last night. Over 800,000 votes were cast, and the winners are listed below:

Best Major Festival: Untold Festival, Romania

Best Medium Sized Festival: Telekom Volt Festival, Hungary

Newcomer of the Year: Hozier

Best Line-Up: Sziget Festival, Hungary

Best Headline Performance: The Prodigy

Promoter of the Year: Hörstmann Unternehmensgruppe

Best Small Festival: Happiness Festival, Germany

Artists’ Favourite Festival: Rock Werchter, Belgium

Anthem of the Year: Major Lazer. ft MO & DJ Snake – Lean On

Green Operations Award: Tollwood Festival, Germany

Agent of the Year: Emma Banks, CAA

Best New Festival: Lollapalooza Berlin, Germany

Best Indoor Festival: Les Transardentes, Belgium

The rest of Eurosonic Festival has now kicked off in and around Groningen, with the likes of Nothing But Thieves and Jett Rebel appearing.