And the Winner For Best Music Festival of the Year Is…

With literally hundreds of music festivals in the United States, it seems a daunting task to narrow it down to “The best”, but that hasn’t stopped Pollstar from including music festivals in the 23rd Anniversary Pollstar Awards. Kudos to the organization for finally recognizing some of the amazing smaller fests that aren’t as widely known around the states like Hangout and the Newport Folk Festival.

The Pollstar Awards will be held at Club Nokia Los Angeles L.A. LIVE on Friday, February 3, 2012.

This is the first year that there’s a separate category for the major festivals (ACL, Bonnaroo, etc…) Still though, there’s enough homegrown fests that a few extra awards could be added to the list…

Here are the nominees of the 2012 Pollstar Awards:

Major Music Festival of the Year (non-touring)
Austin City Limits Music Festival (Austin, TX)
Bonnaroo Music Festival (Manchester, TN)
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Indio, CA)
Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, NV)
Lollapalooza Festival (Chicago, IL)

Music Festival of the Year (non-touring)
The Hangout Music and Beach Festival (Gulf Shores, AL)
Life is good Festival (Canton, MA)
Mountain Jam Fest (Hunter Mountain, NY)
Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)
Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, IL)
Sasquatch! Music Festival (George, WA)
Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival (Ozark, AR)

via Pollstar

Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.


  • November 19, 2011


    My first festival and the most magical of them all!

  • March 17, 2012


    For the non-touring category I totally say Sasquatch:) They always seem to have all of my favorite artists and definitely the most scenic location. They have Dry The River coming this year..come on, you can’t deny them:)

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