UPBEAT Awards direct the limelight to Europe’s upcoming artists and changemaker festivals.


New talent, the diverse and hidden treasures of Europe are hard to come by, if you don’t know where to look.

UPBEAT supports emerging acts through the UPBEAT Best New Talent Award and its extended programme. Every year, nominees receive mentoring and take part in UPBEAT’s Best New Talent campaign. The winner receives international attention and career opportunities. The award goes to the best of 10 preselected acts, decided by public vote, that is YOU!

The Future Festival award is aimed at strengthening industry ethos of sustainability, to build a connected and future-proof festival scene in Europe. Newcomers who mind their carbon emissions during production, and who combine conscious programming with a pro-artist outlook may receive the prize of the UPBEAT community, from and for the European music industry.

UPBEAT is the first European showcase platform for world music. We are an alliance of festivals, together creating the future of a diverse and sustainable music industry in Europe. UBEAT believes that enjoying our shared heritage should not burden the future.