Former Roskilde Festival manager honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
Leif Skov, one of the founders of Roskilde Festival, is set to be honoured with the ‘Yourope Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his work at Roskilde and across the European festival industry.

Each year the ‘Yourope Lifetime Achievement Award’ is dedicated to an individual whose personal vision and energy has propelled the entire festival industry forward in a dynamic, creative and positive way.

Leif Skov joined Roskilde Festival in 1972 – the second year it was held – and was involved with the event until he stepped back in 2002, transforming it from a small festival into one of the most prestigious in the world, which has seen performances from the likes of Bob Dylan, Metallica, Neil Young, Prince, U2 and hundreds more.

On being chosen for the Award, Leif Skov says:

Music is great. The world is everything. I'm just me. Young people's lives and visions carry the highest challenge and motivation for us all. It's a pleasure to work for these. I'm thankful and humble. I receive the award still in service of the music, in respect for youth culture, and with the greatest care for young people of the world.”

Leif was also a founding member of European festival association, Yourope, and was a board member from 1998-2002 – playing a key role in creating a better, safer festival industry for everyone.

Christof Huber, Yourope general secretary, says:

“I was lucky enough to be with Leif on the founding board of Yourope. He was and still is a visionary. His primary goal was always to raise the quality standards for European Festivals – not just for Roskilde. He wanted to give festival-goers the best possible experience. He is one of the biggest characters in the history of European Festivals”

Roskilde Festival’s managing director Henrik Rasmussen also congratulates Leif Skov:

“I can’t think of many others who deserve the award as much as Leif does. He’s been a major part of turning Roskilde Festival into what it is today. Leif has secured great music bookings as well as handled difficult situations such as the accident in 2000. On behalf of the 30,000 volunteers and the employed staff at Roskilde Festival, I wholeheartedly congratulate Leif with this prestigious award.”

The Festival Awards Europe gala ceremony, presented by YOUROPE and Virtual Festivals Europe, will take place on Wednesday 12th January 2011 at Groningen's Stadsschouwburg in The Netherlands, as part of the 25th Anniversary edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag. Roskilde Festival is nominated in the categories 'Best Major European Festival' and 'Best European Festival Line-Up', and Gorillaz, Muse, Prince and Robyn are nominated in the category 'Best Headliner'

Roskilde Festival: Christina Bilde, Head of Communication (E-mail: Phone: 46 36 66 13)


Festival Awards Europe:
Nikki Wright McNeill, Global Publicity (E-mail: Phone: +44 (0)7957 434517