The MFW Festival of the Year Awards 2012 Winners
By / January 16, 2013

It’s been one wild ride over the five weeks of voting for the debut MFW Music Festival of the Year Awards. With thousands of votes cast, it’s time to declare the official winners chosen by the fans. See all the results of the voting here.

And now onto the winners…

Festival of The Year 2012: Summerfest

Runner Up: Bonnaroo
Third Place: Burning Man

Best Debut Festival 2012: Treefort Music Fest


Runner Up: Counterpoint
Third Place: Firefly

Best EDM Festival 2012: The Bounce Festival

The Bounce Festival

Runner Up: Electric Forest
Third Place: Electric Daisy Carnival

Best Canadian Festival 2012: Shambhala

Shambhala Logo

Runner Up: Osheaga
Third Place: Quebec City Summer Festival

Voting for the 2012 Festival Awards is now closed. We will make the official announcement on January 16.

Welcome to the debut MFW 2012 Festival Awards. The following fests will be voted on by the fans for the next four weeks with winners being declared in mid-January. You may vote once in each of the following categories.

Important Dates

Voting Opens: December 10, 2012
Voting Closes: January 14, 2013
Winners Announced: January 16, 2013

Category #1: Festival of the Year 2012

We took the most popular festival guides on Music Festival Wizard and picked the top 25 of 2012 to battle it out. One vote, one festival, one winner.

  1. Summerfest
  2. Bonnaroo
  3. Burning Man
  4. Coachella
  5. All Good
  6. Lollapalooza
  7. Sasquatch
  8. Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
  9. Wakarusa
  10. Summer Camp
  11. Hangout Music Festival
  12. Outside Lands
  13. Ultra
  14. South by Southwest
  15. Bumbershoot
  16. Fun Fun Fun Fest
  17. Gathering of the Vibes
  18. New Orleans Jazz Fest
  19. Electric Zoo
  20. Austin City Limits
  21. Newport Folk Festival
  22. Voodoo Music Experience
  23. Pitchfork
  24. WE Fest
  25. Essence

Category #2: Best Debut Festival 2012

The US welcomed a bunch of new festivals this season. Some will stay, some will go, but only one will be crowned the best new festival of the year.

  1. Treefort
  2. CounterPoint
  3. Firefly
  4. Summer Set
  5. Made In America
  6. The Peach Music Festival
  7. Bunbury
  8. Orion Music +More
  9. River’s Edge
  10. Wavefront
  11. CBGB Festival
  12. Lift Festival
  13. Watershed
  14. The Ride Festival
  15. Catalpa

Category #3: Best EDM Festival 2012

EDM festivals have never been hotter than in 2012. Time to pick your favorite.

  1. The Bounce Festival
  2. Electric Forest
  3. Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
  4. Lightning in a Bottle
  5. Ultra Miami
  6. Camp Bisco
  7. CounterPoint
  8. Sonic Bloom
  9. Beyond Wonderland
  10. Electric Daisy Carnival New York
  11. Electric Zoo
  12. Spring Awakening
  13. Detroit Movement
  14. Hard Summer
  15. Wavefront
  16. Identity Festival
  17. Paradiso Festival

Category #4: Best Canadian Festival 2012

The strong Canadian music festival scene provides a 2012 throwdown between provinces and genres.

  1. Shambhala
  2. Osheaga
  3. Quebec City Summer Festival
  4. Montreal Jazz Fest
  5. North By Northeast (NXNE)
  6. Big Valley Jamboree
  7. Boonstock
  8. Halifax Pop Explosion
  9. MUTEK
  10. Pop Montreal
  11. Sled Island Music Festival
  12. Calgary Folk Music Festival
  13. Heavy MTL
  14. Live At Squamish
  15. Heavy T.O.
  16. Dauphin’s Countryfest
  17. Canadian Music Fest

How did you come up with these festivals?
The selected festivals are a curated list based on traffic within the site along with a very spirited debate with the MFW crew. Also, heavy drinking is involved.

What about the rest of the world?
MFW is based out of North America. For our first year, we wanted to keep it a bit smaller and local. Plus, there’s the excellent UK awards which do a rad job of covering oversea fests.

Where do I complain?
Comments sections below or drop us a line here. Feel free to also leave praise, thoughts, suggestions, and recipes. We especially enjoy baked goods.

Born during a backstage Bonnaroo downpour, Vito's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to all the great festivals that this wide world has to offer.