Primavera Sound 2019 wins Festival Award for ‘Best Line-up’

photo: Ben Houdijk

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Festileaks reveals the winners of the Festileaks Festival Awards 2019. Over 14,000 festival-goers rated festivals throughout Europe in seven fixed categories. Spain’s Primavera Sound 2019 wins the Festival Award for ‘Best Line-up’.

Discover all the winners of the Festileaks Festival Awards 2019.

1. Primavera Sound (8.9)

Rosalia, best line-up
Photo credits: Festileaks / Kamiel Scholten

Primavera Sound takes the Festival Award for ‘Best Line-up of 2019’. The Spanish festival had a clear message: with their ‘The New Normal’, Primavera was the first major festival to achieve gender equality on the poster. Is that why they win the award? No, that’s because they booked the most exciting acts of the summer. The line-up exclusively contained must-see shows. From Janelle Monáe, Solange and Tame Impala to Christine and the Queens, Lizzo and Loyle Carner. From Miley Cyrus and Robyn to Rosalía‘s hometown show. Artists who would shape the summer of 2019 were already present at Primavera Sound 2019 in May. A well-deserved gold medal.

2. Hurricane (8.8)

Tame Impala - Hurricane 2019
Photo: Malte Schmidt (Hurricane 2019)

Hurricane 2019 won your hearts with a guitar-heavy line-up. Where most festivals would die for Foo Fighters and The Cure as headliners of separate days, the German festival places them on the same day. If you then book Mumford & Sons, must-sees Tame Impala and local heroes Die Toten Hosen for the other two days, it’s only natural you end up close to the award. With fan favourites like Wolfmother, Parkway Drive, Christine and the Queens and Interpol, the silver medal is for Hurricane 2019.

3. Bilbao BBK Live (8.6)

Bilbao BBK, Festival Award, Best Line-up
Photo: Ioana Maftei

The poster of Bilbao BBK Live 2019 has its eyes on the future. Don’t live in the past, but book artists who are important now. No Oasis, but Liam Gallagher. No Damon Albarn’s Blur or Gorillaz, but Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen. And no Radiohead, but Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. Well, okay, we will make an exception for The Strokes. The New Yorkers’ shows are so rare, that they are per definition relevant. Rosalía, IDLES, Brockhampton, Vince Staples, Weezer and many more complete a line-up the Basques can be proud of.

4. Mad Cool (8.4)

Photo: Paco Poyato (Mad Cool 2018)

Last year they won the Festival Award, but now they are just off the podium. Mad Cool reached this well-deserved fourth place by booking the most relevant acts of the summer. Among others, the audience in Madrid could enjoy The 1975, Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, The Cure and Jorja Smith. The biggest highlight, however, was the headline show of The National. Mad Cool was the only festival in the top 5 who booked the number one Festival Act of 2019. Additionally, the bottom of the poster also included the hottest new talent, including black midi and Pip Blom.

5. Graspop (8.3)

Kiss - Graspop 2019
Photo: Stijn Verbruggen (Graspop Metal Meeting 2019)

It cannot be a surprise: Graspop 2019 once again managed to bring the best metal acts to Belgium. Sabaton, Slipknot, KISS, Within Temptation, Gojira; the festival is one big metal heaven. This edition of the Metal Meeting was made even more special by the farewell shows of Slayer and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Last year they already reached the top 5 of the Festival Awards, and in 2019 Graspop meets the high expectations once again.

Festileaks Festival Awards

Photo: Ben Houdijk (Rock Werchter 2019)

At over fifty festivals throughout Europe, we asked the audience for ratings in the seven most important categories of the festival experience: line-up, side programme, atmosphere, location & looks, food & drinks, logistics, and sustainability. In doing so, Festileaks presents an alternative to the jury-led industry prizes. In 2019, Europe’s biggest festivals are rated once more for the Festileaks Festival Awards. is the online meeting spot for Europe’s festival community. On the website, you can find the latest news, rumours and experiences from festivals and other music events.