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Five great European rock festivals

Published 06/06/2009 | 00:00

1. GLASTONBURY, SOMERSET (JUNE 24-28)

The undisputed grandaddy of music festivals, Glasto has been a little lacklustre in the last few years, but that seems set to change with a mouthwatering line up of Blur, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young. At least you can watch it on telly if you don't fancy braving the infamous Worthy Farm mud.

2. ROSKILDE, DENMARK (2-5 JULY) (pictured)

The second-biggest festival in Europe will see Coldplay, Nick Cave, Faith No More and Nine Inch Nails entertain the Scandinavian masses. In 2000, nine people died at a crush during a performance by Pearl Jam. Their song Love Boat Captain is dedicated to the deceased.

3. BENICASIM, SPAIN (16-19 JULY)

Oasis and Kings of Leon headline while a strong Irish contingent includes the Mighty Stef, David Kitt, Bell X1 and Fight Like Apes. The closing party on the beach is the stuff of legend.

4. SZIGET, BUDAPEST (10-17 AUGUST)

A week-long event in beautiful Budapest that specialises in both world music and contemporary rock, pop and dance. Primal Scream, Snow Patrol, Lily Allen, Fatboy Slim and Amadou & Mariam are just some of the attractions on a gigantic bill.

5. ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES, BUTLIN'S, MINEHEAD (DECEMBER 4-6)

Not exactly a summer festival, but All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) like to do things unconventionally. An artist-curated event, this year's 'A Nightmare Before Christmas' will be programmed by My Bloody Valentine.

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