The World’s Best Music Festivals

As the coldest winter months slowly edge away, it’s time to start looking forward to the summer. And for many of us that can only mean one thing – festival season! 

But with Glastonbury taking a year off and London distracted with the Olympics, where is the best place to rock out in 2012? Here’s a look at some of the world’s best alternative music festivals to help kick-start your summer plans:

Warped Tour: June 16 - August 10, US and Canada
Known as a ‘punk rock summer camp on wheels’, Warped Tour travels around the parking lots and fields of the US and Canada. The festival is sponsored by skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans Authentic and features the world’s top emo and pop punk bands, with Good Charlotte, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance some of the past headliners.

Secret Garden Party: July 19 – 22, Cambridgeshire UK
This crazy event takes place in a 10 acre landscaped garden and is more of a collective creative experience than a typical music festival. There are plenty of activities for adults and kids to enjoy between the music sets, which this year will feature Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, KT Tunstall and King Charles.

Ibiza Rocks: June 06 – September 19, San Antonio Ibiza
Where better to celebrate music than on the biggest party island of them all? Each Friday the Ibiza Rocks hotel hosts a hedonistic party with a different headliner. 2012 will see Brit Award winner Ed Sheeran and indie band Two Door Cinema Club take to the stage, with plenty of acts still to be announced.
Roskilde Festival: July 05 – 08, Roskilde Denmark

Roskilde Festival has been going strong since 1971 and is one of the biggest music festivals in Europe. Since its humble beginnings as the brainchild of two Danish high school students, this mainstream festival has featured everyone from Kanye West to Nine Inch Nails. Expect to party with over 100,000 Europeans at this vibrant and friendly celebration of pop music.

Open’er Festival: July 04 – 07, Babie Doly Airfield, Poland

With room for over 20,000 tents in the huge Babie Doly Airfield, the Open’er Festival is fast becoming one of the best alternatives to an expensive UK festival. 4 day camping tickets to the festival’s 10th anniversary are available at just £80, with plenty of low-cost flights to be found online. The line-up for 2012 includes Bjork, Friendly Fires, The XX and Bat for Lashes.


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