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…




Offset Festival

Hainault Forest, London; September 4-5

One of the most genuinely left-of-centre two-dayers to emerge recently, this new favourite might boast kraut pioneers Cluster and Brooklyn hype victims Telepathe but it’s the spread of music across the weekend that won Offset so many friends last year.

And it’s contined in 2010: These New Puritans and Rolo Tomassi can’t often boast to be some of the more conventional acts on a festival bill. Scuzz-punkers Male Bonding, goth-schlockers O.Children, wizard-metallers Invasion and terrifying and terrifyingly fantastic noise bastards Factory Floor keep things dark and sexy, while the hardcore stage is returning, there’s loads more bands still to be announced and they’ve scored a genuine, bona-fide coup in the shape of the ludicrously influential punk-funk outfit Liquid Liquid’s second ever UK show. And just a short distance outside London, it’s easy as pie transport-wise.


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