Festicket announces winners of first-ever Festival of the Future Awards

Today Festicket is announcing the winners of its very first edition of the Festival of the Future Awards. The Awards are designed to celebrate the true innovators in the industry by picking winners for 7 categories: Inclusivity, Location, Innovation in Staging, Sustainability, Health, Technology and Accommodation.

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The winners are as follows:

INCLUSIVITY - All Points East, United Kingdom

LOCATION - Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria

INNOVATION IN STAGING - Bilbao BBK Live, Spain

SUSTAINABILITY - Orbits, Portugal

HEALTH - The Loop, UK

TECHNOLOGY - Pukkelpop & Appmiral, Belgium

ACCOMMODATION - KarTent, the Netherlands

The categories were selected to reflect important industry issues and developments, and to offer the chance for festivals and providers that work with festivals from around the world to showcase their vital work in 2018.

The winners were chosen after an open nomination period, where everyone - fans, festivals and supporters alike - were able to submit their picks. The entries were then sorted into a shortlist which was shared with an independent panel of experts from across the industry. Each panelist awarded a first and second place for each category, with the most popular festival or provider winning overall.

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Zack Sabban, CEO and co-founder at Festicket, comments: “We wanted a chance to celebrate the most interesting things that happened in festivals in 2018. I’ve seen dozens of awards for “Best Lineup” or “Best Festival”, which is great, but they don’t get to go into any depth on anything really original or innovative. Our awards are different - they are specifically designed to delve into the festival experience and draw out the most memorable moments.

“Each of our winners offers its fans a unique or forward-thinking experience at festivals that goes way beyond the music. You’ve got city festivals like All Points East, which won in the Inclusivity category for its amazing commitment to the local community and focus on accessibility and diversity. Orbits festival (Sustainability) has had an amazing impact on its environment, a part of Portugal that suffered heavily in 2017’s wildfires. For Location, Meadows in the Mountain’s iconic hilltop party is a worthy winner, while Bilboa BBK’s legendary Basoa stage has made a big impact for Innovation in Staging. Health category winner The Loop has made great progress by bringing its harm reduction scheme to seven festivals in the UK, while Pukkelpop is a good example for all festivals on what practical benefits technology can bring. We’re pleased to see sustainability represented in the Accommodation category too, as KarTent’s cardboard reusable tents are a true eco marvel.”  

“We’re really excited to give these festivals and providers a platform to show off what they have been doing this year. I’d like to thank our independent panel for their time and effort in choosing our winners. And all I have to say to the rest of the industry is: take note! I can guarantee that these are the trends you’ll be copying in a few short years.”

More details on the awards and the full list of Highly Commended festivals and suppliers are available on the Festicket website.

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Festicket is the world's largest platform for discovering and booking festival trips. Founded in 2012 by Zack Sabban and Jonathan Younes, the company is backed by a range of investors including Beringea, Edge, Lepe Partners, ProFounders and InMotion Venture and in 2019 completed the acquisition of multi-award winning Leeds (UK) based ticketing and cashless POS platform Event Genius, and the related Ticket Arena consumer website and brand.

The new joint venture, Event Genius by Festicket, creates an end-to-end platform for organisers and fans alike, providing the most complete offering in the live entertainment industry. The platform brings together technology and expertise including POS and cashless payment services, ticketing, accommodation, travel & packages, marketing, data insights & analytics, access control, fan engagement tools and more to plug a gap in the market that no other organisation has addressed to date.

Together, the company works closely with over 4000 official festival and event partners including Coachella, Tomorrowland, BST Hyde Park, Ibiza Rocks, Motion Bristol and Wales Rally GB, serving a growing community of over 5 million customers.

Festicket was named in the FT (Financial Times) 1000 in 2019, is a Tech Nation Future Fifty member and also made Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 list in 2019. Alongside its London HQ, Festicket has offices in Leeds, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Berlin, Porto and Nantes.