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After 41 years, to win something of this magnitude is something to be incredibly proud of. To still be doing this after that amount of time is no mean feat

The founder of Glastonbury festival, Michael Eavis is to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s European Festival Awards ceremony.

Each year the prize is dedicated to an individual whose personal vision and energy has propelled the entire festival industry forward in a dynamic, creative and positive way.

Michael is to be given the Lifetime Achievement Award because of his seminal role in the European festival industry. Glastonbury and its success have inspired thousands of festivals to be launched, and Michael’s own personal philosophy of philanthropy has been adopted by countless promoters.

Commenting on his award Michael said: “After 41 years, to win something of this magnitude is something to be incredibly proud of. To still be doing this after that amount of time is no mean feat,”

Michael will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival Awards Europe ceremony on Wednesday 11th January in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Speaking about the honour, James Drury Managing Director of Festival Awards said: “Since founding one of the most famous and long-lasting festivals in the world, Michael has dedicated his life to Glastonbury and the millions of festival-goers which have attended the event over its 41-year history. Glastonbury is the grandfather of the incredible festival market which Europe enjoys, and Michael is cited as an inspiration by almost every festival organiser I speak to across the world. This is why he is so deserving of this honour.”

Michael launched Glastonbury festival in 1970, after being inspired by the very first such gatherings such as the Isle of Wight Festival. After 11 years the event finally made a profit and Michael looked for good causes to support in the UK and around the world. Nowadays he aims to raise £2 million per year to make the quality of life better than it is, at present, for millions of people.

Presented in association with YOUROPE and Eurosonic Noorderslag, the Festival Awards Europe are the only pan-European body solely dedicated to recognising the contributions and achievements of the event organisers and performing artists that generate billions of Euros for local economies and brighten up the summer for tens of millions of festival-goers each year.

Christof Huber, Yourope general secretary said, “Michael Eavis is an icon in the European festival scene and in my view, Glastonbury is the mother of all European festivals. He is just the right person to get the Livetime Achievement Award at the Festival Awards Europe’

Festival Awards Europe Tickets:
Tickets are now on sale for the special awards ceremony, which will open Eurosonic Noorderslag on Wednesday 11th January 2012, with a gala ceremony held at De Oosterpoort in Groningen, The Netherlands.

Featuring a drinks reception, buffet dinner, live acts and an aftershow party, the awards is also a great opportunity for the industry to come together under one roof to celebrate the achievements of the past 12 months, make new connections, and catch-up with established ones.

Tickets are EURO 75 for Eurosonic Noorderslag delegates (EURO 85 on the door) – a 25% saving on the full cost! Buy tickets here

Please note: Registration for Eurosonic Noorderslag does not automatically entitle you to access to the European Festival Awards. Tickets need to be bought in addition to your Eurosonic pass and space is limited at De Oosterpoort, so buy early to avoid disappointment.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Festival Awards Ltd:
Festival Awards Ltd is the producer of the Festival Awards UK, Festival Awards UK Conference, and Festival Awards Europe. As well as giving fans chance to tell festival organisers which events they think are the best, it also provides industry networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities through the associated UK conference. www.festivalawards.com

www.yourope.org' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>About YOUROPE:
Yourope is the association for European Festivals, with over 60 members which are among the most well established festivals in Europe. All Yourope's members are dedicated to improving the European festival scene in terms of working conditions, health and safety, environmental and music talent.The overall aim of the association is to collaborate and share best practice, and to pinpoint areas that would benefit from a joint approach. Yourope is also founding partner of the European Talent Exchange Programm and the live music lobby European Live Music Forum. www.yourope.org

About Eurosonic Norderslag:
EuroSonic Noorderslag is Europe’s most important live music industry conference and showcase festival for European talent. With over 2800 delegates, showcases by 260 artists and a conference with 100 panels, keynote speakers, interviews and meetings, EuroSonic Noorderslag is the key exchange and networking platform for European music, European artists, international music industry professionals and organizations. www.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl

www.intellitix.com' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>About Intellitix:
Intellitix is the market leader in RFID access control and cashless payment systems. This year alone we activated over 1 million RFID Tags at festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Electric Zoo and Austin City Limits. We cut queues to a minimum, eradicated ticket fraud and unwanted resale, and our proprietary software and fully integrated hardware proved 100% secure and reliable. Rather than be a cost, the Intellitix platform is designed to generate new revenues. Having recently opened a European office (based in central London), we are currently looking for a selection of forward-thinking festivals to work with in Summer 2012 and beyond. www.intellitix.com

www.megaforce.de' rel='nofollow' target='_blank'>About Megaforce:
Megaforce is a European-wide acting stage company. The company was founded 1992 and became shortly after being accepted as one of the most capable providers for stage solutions throughout Germany. The company produces and provides classical open-air-stages for festivals as well as arched roof stages for classical concerts. With a large choice of stages of each kind, it is able to provide stages for all the big festivals and open-air-concerts all over Europe at the same time. Megaforce also builds all kind of staging and rigging solutions for corporate events, sporting events, exhibitions or open-air festivals and has an international trucking company of its own. www.megaforce.de

About Virtual Festivals Europe:
Virtual Festivals.com has grown by purely organic means since 1999 to become the UK’s market leading online portal and social network for music festivals, successfully consolidating this marketplace (from the hundreds of events that take place to the millions who attend them) in one place on the web. The website currently commands more influence and credibility with both industry and consumers in the festival sector than any other single media property. Building on its UK success, Virtual Festivals Europe was launched in collaboration with YOUROPE in July 2008 to aggregate the pan-European festival marketplace in a similar way. eu.virtualfestivals.com

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