So you've stocked up on budget pot noodles, dusted off your backpack and memorised the lyrics to every song in the headliners' back catalogues - it's time to let festival season commence!

The NME team are going to be reporting from all your favourite festivals - Glastonbury, Sonisphere, T In The Park, Benicassim, Latitude, V, Reading And Leeds, Bestival, and of course Isle Of Wight and Download this weekend - and we can't wait for it to all kick off tomorrow.


Whether you're on your way down in the car, or still frantically trying to find your wellies, we've got our essential playlists for Isle Of Wight and Download for your listening pleasure as you get ready.

You can also take a look at our 20 lesser-known bands to check out at Donington blog to make sure you don't miss the next big thing and relive last year's festival in photos.

Watch videos from Download over the years below:

If you're off to a festival this weekend or looking forward to others that are a little further off, we've taken a look back at the 50 greatest festival performances ever and put together our 50 bands to see this summer - so make sure you don't miss anything. Plus we've got the 20 best bands on the Isle Of Wight bill for you to peruse.

Watch videos from Isle Of Wight 2011:

We will be reporting direct from Download and Isle Of Wight Festivals 2011. Download our NME Festival App - Powered By BlackBerry for line-up news, photo galleries, instant reviews and backstage video interviews from all the UK's best-loved festivals.

Plus you can follow us on Twitter @NME_Festivals and add us as a BBM contact using the pins 22E955A0 (for Download) and 26E588A4 (for Isle Of Wight), or scan the barcodes below:


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We'll see you down the front!

Abby Tayleure
NME.COM festivals editor

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