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Glastonbury wins ‘International Music Festival of The Year’ at Pollstar Awards 2023

Glastonbury wins ‘International Music Festival of The Year’ at Pollstar Awards 2023

The Worthy Farm held event has once again won Pollstar’s ‘International Music Festival of The Year’ award

Glastonbury Festival has been awarded ‘International Music Festival of The Year‘ by Pollstar.

The awards show, which has been held annually for the past 34 years, recognises and supports “the live entertainment businesses’ most innovative companies, venues, artists, tours, and executives”.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and took place on the 22nd of February as part of the 3-day long Pollstar Live! conference held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States.

The prestigious award was won by the Worthy Farm event more than a dozen times in the past, with Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis (pictured above at the 2016 ceremony) commenting on winning in the same category in 2018, by saying: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Pollstar Best International Festival Award again […]. Over the last decade or more, the support and recognition from Pollstar’s voting public has meant so much to us.”

Other highlights of the evening included British superstar Harry Styles continuing his winning streak (after claiming a Grammy for Album of the Year and Brit Award for British Artist of the Year), by taking home three Pollstar Awards for Major Tour of the Year, Residency of the Year, and The Per Cap Award.

While the pop superstar wasn’t in attendance to accept the trophies in person, other notable entertainment figures were present for the star-studded ceremony – including comedian Dave Chappelle, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Eagles co-founder Don Henley.

Lizzo, who also won a Grammy for Record of the Year earlier in the month, was awarded the R&B ‘Tour of the Year’ – with other artists to claim awards including Billie Eilish (Pop Tour of the Year), Post Malone (Hip-Hop Tour of the Year), Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe (Rock Tour of the Year), Chris Stapleton (Country Tour of the Year) and Dua Lipa (New Headliner of the Year).

Bad Bunny also had a big night with his “World’s Hottest Tour,” which won Latin Tour of the Year honors and the Dayum! Award – an honor recognizing the tour’s remarkable business. You can view the full list of winners below.


Major Tour of the Year
Harry Styles, Love on Tour

Rock Tour of the Year
Def Leppard/Mötley Crüe, The Stadium Tour

Hip-Hop Tour of the Year
Post Malone, Twelve Carat Tour

R&B Tour of the Year
Lizzo, The Special Tour

Pop Tour of the Year
Billie Eilish, Happier Than Ever, The World Tour

Country Tour of the Year
Chris Stapleton, All-American Road Show Tour

Latin Tour of the Year
Bad Bunny, World’s Hottest Tour

Comedy Tour of the Year
Dave Chappelle

Support/Special Guest Act of the Year
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Def Leppard/Mötley Crüe

Residency of the Year
Harry Styles, Madison Square Garden, New York

Family, Event or Non-Music Tour of the Year
Disney on Ice

New Headliner of the Year
Dua Lipa

Music Festival of the Year (Global; over 30K attendance)
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas

Music Festival of the Year (Global; under 30K attendance)
Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island

International Music Festival of the Year
Glastonbury Festival, United Kingdom

Nightclub of the Year
Exit/In, Nashville, Tennessee

Theatre of the Year
Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee

Arena of the Year
Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

Red Rocks Award — Outdoor Concert Venue of the Year
Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California

New Concert Venue of the Year
Moody Center, Austin, Texas

International Venue of the Year
The O2, United Kingdom

Venue Executive of the Year
Josephine Vaccarello, Madison Square Garden

Talent Buyer of the Year
Amy Corbin, C3 Presents

Small Venue Talent Buyer of the Year
Molly Warren, Live Nation

Bill Graham Award — Promoter of the Year
Louis Messina, Messina Touring Group

International Promoter of the Year
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation

Bobby Brooks Award — Agent of the Year
Adam Kornfeld, Artist Group International

International Booking Agent of the Year
Emma Banks, Creative Artists Agency

Booking Agency of the Year
Creative Artists Agency

Independent Booking Agency of the Year (Global)
High Road Touring

Rising Star Award
Austin Neal, The Neal Agency

Personal Manager of the Year
John Silva, Silva Artist Management

Road Warrior of the Year
Dale “Opie” Skjerseth, The Rolling Stones and Guns ’N Roses

Transportation Company of the Year
Rock-it Cargo

Concert Visuals Company of the Year
Bandit Lites

Concert Sound Company of the Year
Clair Global

Thank You, Can I Have Another? Award
Austin City Limits

Brand Partnership/Live Campaign of the Year
Everytown for Gun Safety/Harry Styles

Marketing/PR Executive of the Year
Allison McGregor, Creative Artists Agency

See Also

WhizBang Award
Coldplay, Music of the Spheres World Tour

Best Hang
Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas

The Irving Azoff Award: Best Person to Score a Dinner With
Michael Rapino, Live Nation

Life of the Party
Ron Delsener, Live Nation

The Per Cap Award
Harry Styles

The Dayum! Award
Bad Bunny, World’s Hottest Tour

Live Music is Better Award
Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins Tribute at the Kia Forum

Paul McCartney headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2022 • Credit:


In other news, earlier this month, Glastonbury Festival announced that it is donating 10 sets of tickets, each with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to raise money for the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Turkey-Syria Earthquake appeal with Oxfam.

DEC member charities, including Oxfam, are working in Türkiye (Turkey) and Syria with local partners to support survivors of the earthquakes and by entering, you’ll be helping them to reach as many people as possible with clean water, food, sanitation, shelter and other urgent support.

Entries are now open and will be accepted until 12 noon on Wednesday 8th March, with a £10 donation guaranteeing one entry – and although there is no limit on the number of times one person can enter, only one prize per entrant will be given. Free entry (without making a donation to the earthquake appeal) is also available by post.

Prior to the Oxfam raffle mentioned above, the Festival also helped raise over £116,000 in aid of the Trussell Trust in a partnership auction to help support people facing hardship across the UK.

The money was put up in a series of 10 eBay auctions run by the food bank charity to raise funds for their network of over 1,300 food banks scattered across the country.

In this instance, similar to the Oxfam appeal, auctions offered 10 pairs of tickets which included once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for fans at the Festival.

The total from all ten Trussell Trust auctions amounted to £116,738 – with the “cheapest” pair of tickets selling for £10,200, which included the chance to watch a set from the Other Stage viewing platform.

Glastonbury 2023 takes place from Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th of June 2023 at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset.

Although tickets for the 2023 event sold out late last year [2022], there will be resales of any unpaid and/or cancelled tickets that will take place later in the Spring (around April time).

As part of Glastonbury’s ongoing efforts against ticket touting, anyone who would like to attend this year’s Festival will need to have registered in advance.

As in previous years, registration remains free of charge and only takes a few minutes at

Those who have already registered in the past can also check their existing registration here

In addition to the upcoming ticket resales, some other opportunities for getting to Glastonbury include working at the Festival, volunteering and entering competitions – once these options make themselves available.

To learn more about registration, the sale process and how you can maximise your chances of getting Glastonbury 2023 tickets, click here.


Glastonbury Festival would very much like fans to be aware that there are people out there who will try and sell fake Glastonbury tickets to unsuspecting, willing and innocent potential purchasers.

Although Glasto-veterans who have been going to the Festival for quite some time may recognise these scams for what they are, newcomers might not.

Therefore, please remember that tickets are only sold on one site, which is:

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