Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival will do something that they don’t do often in February, face off against each other, and four other festivals, for the title of ‘Music Festival Of The Year’ at the 28th Annual Pollstar Awards.

Both Newport festivals have landed on the list of nominees for Music Festival Of The Year after being nominated by concert industry executives.

The Newport Folk Festival was named Music Festival Of The Year at the 27th Annual Pollstar Awards at the SF Masonic in San Francisco, California. It beat out Pitchfork Music Festival (Chicago, IL), Toronto Urban Roots Festival (Toronto, ON) and Treasure Island Festival (San Francisco, CA).

Joining Newport Folk and Jazz Festival is  Levitate Music & Arts Festival |(Marshfield, MA), Life Is Beautiful (Las Vegas, NV), Shaky Knees Festival (Atlanta, GA) and Treasure Island Festival (San Francisco, CA).

The winner will be announced at the 28th Annual Pollstar Awards on February 2, 2017.

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The Process

Each year Pollstar invites several hundred randomly selected concert industry executives to participate in the nominating process for the Pollstar Awards. Normally only one person per company or location is invited.

Each member of the committee is sent the nominating ballot. The ballot contains the names of the categories for the awards and a brief description of each. There is no list of nominees to choose from or suggestions provided from Pollstar. Each member is instructed to write in their choice for the “best” in that category for the current year, with only one nomination per category. Additionally, all members of the nominating committee are prohibited from nominating themselves or their company. Pollstar staff does not participate in the nomination process.

The nominations are tallied and those that occur most often make the final ballot. The final voting takes place online through link emailed to all Pollstar subscribers. The nominating process occurs in October with voting beginning in November and running into late December.

The winners are announced at the annual Pollstar Awards show & party that takes place concluding the Pollstar Live! conference.

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