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 Mexicothe NetherlandsCanadaRomaniaPolandItalyUnited KingdomGermanyThailandJapanCosta RicaFinland, 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.


And the winners are…




Best Beer/Wine Festival


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


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


Best Relationship with Fans

 Firefly Music Festival


The complete list of nominees and judges is available here.

Waco Hoover of XLIVE and Jay Manickam of Everfest are available for further comment upon request.



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