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…

Friendly Fires

Platt Fields Park, Manchester; June 12

A brand new date in the dance festival diary, this one-dayer in Manchester – surely one of the most terrifying phrases known to man – will be helmed by Friendly Fires, who are sure to bring some globe-sized bangers.

The rest of the lineup mixes big-names for the rave casuals (Calvin Harris, Simian Mobile Disco) with a few canny bookings elsewhere onsite such as Errors, Damian Lazarus, Fake Blood and Joker. Recent NME cover stars and dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man will be pulling in the punters (arf!), while the festival will also see a set from Kele Okereke of Bloc Party in his new dance-demon guise – let’s see if he can cut it among the hardcore ravers, eh?

For a first festival, it’s a hell of a lineup, but then Manchester is the home of indie dance, after all. So if you’re partial to a beat, or just want to get comprehensively quadro-boxed on woof, you know what to do.


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