Announcing the First Annual FestX Awards!

Article by: Emily Ward|@_drawylime

Sat December 09, 2017 | 19:09 PM

Festivals are outstanding entertainment. We know this, you know this, the world knows this. More than just a great party, festivals are a microcosm of our world at large. Festivals are the perfect place for experimentation and innovation in the name of entertainment. Building year-round communities, delighting all five of our senses, and creating inclusive spaces – festivals are the most well-equipped events to enable those experiences. Where tens of thousands of people gather, shared visions develop. What happens over the course of a festival does not have to end there.

XLIVE and Everfest united the festival industry on December 12, 2017 in Las Vegas for the first annual FestX Awards!

Hundreds of festival industry lovers and players turned out at the FestX Awards in Las Vegas on December 12 to honor our innovators, celebrate festival producers and their peers, and most importantly, to reward incredible accomplishments in our festival world.

The 13 categories of the FestX Awards were decided by a combination of judging panel and public vote. In each of the thirteen categories, five finalists were selected after a monthlong public online submission period. From film to food to rock festivals, the finalists span nearly every size, vibe and genre. The "Fan's Choice Award," awarded to Mexico's Vive Latino  was voted in by YOU, festival lovers! 

The complete list of winners, finalists and the judging panel are below.

Your official 2017 FestX Awards winners are...

Fest X Winners Collage V2

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2017 FestX Awards Judges

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Winners were selected by a judging panel of 14 festival producers, journalists, agents and other festival industry players. Participating judges, listed above, came from organizations like SXSW, C3 Presents, CAA, WME, Billboard, Country Music Association and Madison House Presents. 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.

Complete list of 2017 FestX Awards finalists....

Best Production Design*

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  • Bestival
  • Lightning in a Bottle
  • Electric Zoo
  • Electric Forest
  • Secret Garden Party

Outstanding Social Impact*

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  • Shambhala Music Festival
  • Electric Forest
  • Games for Change Festival
  • Afropunk
  • Moogfest

Outstanding Green Festival*

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  • California Roots
  • DGTL 
  • Envision Festival
  • Flow Festival
  • Wonderfruit

Best Relationship with Fans*

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  • Firefly Music Festival
  • Bonnaroo
  • Buku Music & Art Project
  • Essence Festival
  • Wanderlust

Best Brand + Festival Pairing*

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  • BottleRock Napa, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza + Camelbak
  • Panorama Music Festival + HP
  • Life is Beautiful + Imagine Dragons/Toyota/VH1
  • Coachella + Heineken
  • Bonnaroo + State Farm

Best Use of Technology at a Festival*

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  • Coachella
  • Day for Night
  • Belgian Brew Fest
    Electric Castle
  • Sundance Film Festival

Best Family-Friendly Festival*

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  • Austin City Limits
  • Beloved Festival
  • High Sierra Music Festival
  • Camp Bestival
  • New Orleans JazzFest

Best Fan Community*

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  • Holy Ship!
  • RuPaul's DragCon
  • Electric Forest
  • EDC Las Vegas
  • Bonnaroo

Best eSports Festival*

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  • Dreamhack
  • Capcom Cup/Pro Tour
  • Intel Extreme Masters
  • BlizzCon
  • TwitchCon

Best Beer/Wine Festival*

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  • BottleRock Napa
  • Wurstmarkt Wine Festival
  • Chicago Beer Classic
  • Great American Beer Festival
  • Oktoberfest

Best Food Festival*

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  • Crawfish Fest
  • Aspen Food & Wine Classic
  • Napoli Pizza Village
  • New York City Wine & Food Festival
  • Taste of Chicago
The XLIVE Annual Conference & Expo is December 10-13, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
  • 1300+ Attendees
  • 250+ Speaker Faculty
  • 60+ Interactive Sessions
  • 100+ Exhibitors

Fest X Finalist Press

Photo by: XLIVE

In addition to a comprehensive array of panels, this year's program will feature 100+ exhibitors, 250+ thought leaders, a Tech Startup Showcase, and hours of networking with festival professionals. Powerhouse panelists and attendees to include AEG Presents, Firefly, Electric Daisy Carnival, Goldenvoice, Superfly, The Confluence, Country Music Association, Newport Jazz Festival, CAA, ReedPOP, Complex Entertainment, Bonnaroo, Life is Beautiful, Coachella, Outside Lands, Country Music Association, New Orleans Arts Council, FYF Festival, Lost Lake Festival, The Recording Academy, Danny Wimmer Presents, plus many more.