As the festival industry’s most prolific players convened in Las Vegas this week for the annual XLIVE Conference, their events vied for the first annual FestX Awards presented by Everfest and XLIVE. The ceremony, hosted by festival guru Chip Conley, took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on Tuesday, December 12, highlighting the best established and up-and-coming worldwide festivals.
In 13 different categories, 57 festival finalists were selected after a monthlong public online submission period. From film to food to rock festivals, the finalists spanned nearly every size, vibe and genre. More than 120 global festival industry insiders submitted entries for consideration, and the final nominees were truly global. Finalists hailed from four continents and thirteen countries including Mexico, the Netherlands, Canada, Romania, Poland, Italy, United Kingdom, Germany, Thailand, Japan, Costa Rica, Finland, and all over the United States.
Winners were voted on by a panel of 14 industry experts, a mix of festival producers, journalists, agents and other festival industry players from SXSW, C3 Presents, CAA, WME, Billboard, Country Music Association, The Fan’s Choice Award was awarded to Vive Latino, who received more than six thousand votes from festival fans on Everfest’s community platform.
Best Beer/Wine Festival: Oktoberfest
Best Brand + Festival Pairing: Panorama Music Festival + HP, “HP Lab”
Best Family-Friendly Festival: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
Best Fan Community: Electric Forest, “ForestFam”
Best Esports Festival: BlizzCon
Best Food Festival: Taste of Chicago
Best Use of Technology at a Festival: Coachella + Obscura Digital, “Antarctic Dome”
Outstanding Green Event: DGTL, “Revolution”
Best New Festival: Lost Lake Festival
Fan’s Choice Award: Vive Latino
Best Production Design: Electric Forest
Outstanding Social Impact: AFROPUNK
Best Relationship with Fans: Firefly Music Festival