Festival season is almost upon us. Yay! But which one is best for you?

We've sifted trough the hundreds of bashes taking place this summer to bring you a handy festival guide. Here, then, are 33 festivals that carry the NME stamp of approval.

Read on to watch live videos from headliners and find out why each one is worth digging out your wellies…

The Great Escape 2007

Brighton; May 13-15

Brighton is all about escape, whether cultural, with its long history of harbouring fertile subcultures, or physical, as a haven for harried Londoners getting the hell out of Dodge for a day. This year, its treasured weekender, Britain’s equivalent of CMJ or SXSW, teems with acts hurtling at escape velocity toward greatness.

As well as Wild Beasts, These New Puritans and Rolo Tomassi, there are hundreds of so-sharp-they’ll cut you names, like Sleigh Bells, Daisy Dares You, Violent Soho, Wild Palms, Villagers… and when not crossing off your list of must-sees, you’ll be wandering one of the prettiest, coolest, most exciting cities in England. Perhaps eating ice-cream, maybe wearing a hat. Does life get much better? No, it does not.


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