Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Muse champions of Europe festivals

Muse have been named as last year's festival champions

Muse have been crowned 2010's festival champions at the Festival Awards Europe.

The British rockers, fronted by Matthew Bellamy, scooped the award for Best Headliner and their song Uprising was named Festival Anthem of the Year in the awards voted for by over 350,000 fans.

Florence and the Machine were voted Best Newcomer and young British rising star Florence Welch sent a video message accepting the award which was played at the ceremony in The Netherlands.

She said: "We had an incredible time playing the festivals in Europe and this really means a lot to us."

The award winners were revealed at a sold out ceremony held at Groningen's Stadsschouwburg on the opening night of Dutch festival Eurosonic Noorderslag, which was celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Germany's Melt! Festival was named Artists' Favourite European Festival, one of the awards voted for by an industry jury which included prominent journalists, booking agents, managers, artists and promoters.

Stefan Lehmkuhl from Melt! was surprised to win the award, saying it was "the greatest honour". He added: "According to Noel Gallagher, Melt! Festival looks like the inside of Marilyn Manson's brain."

Ireland's Oxegen festival, whose headliners last year included Eminem, Muse, Jay-Z, Kasabian, The Black Eyed Peas, The Prodigy, Faithless and Arcade Fire, was voted the winner of Best European Festival Line-Up.

The Best Major European Festival went to the Heineken Open'er Festival in Poland.

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