We'd brave mud and rain for these festivals any day
Every summer, we all decamp from sticky-floored venues and head for fields, braving all conditions to watch a truckload of live music. Last year was a vintage year for festivals, with enough events to satisfy any need you could possibly have. Let's remember what made the nominees for Best Festival supported by ID&C so brilliant.
When: June 10-12 2016
Where: Donnington Park, Leicestershire
Who played: Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden headlined, while the rest of the bill was a who's who of rock and metal acts.
Why was it great?: There's not many other places you can go in the world and watch the creme de la creme of music's heavier side. As well as three massive headliners, you also got the chance to see the likes of Jane's Addiction, All Time Low, NOFX, Deftones and many more.
When: June 22-26 2016
Where: Worthy Farm, Somerset
Who played: Adele, Coldplay, Muse, plus Bastille, The 1975, Wolf Alice, LCD Soundsystem, New Order and more.
Why was it great?: It kept us happy in a wonderful bubble for a few days amidst the Brexit nightmare unfolding around the country, providing brilliant music, arts and culture to take our minds off the big issues.
When: June 9-12 2016
Where: Seaclose Park, Newport
Who played: Status Quo, Faithless, The Who, Queen + Adam Lambert.
Why was it great?: It provided a great opportunity to see a mix of heritage acts including headlines The Who and Queen.
When: June 2-4 2016
Where: Parc Del Forum, Barcelona
Who played: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, Sigur Ros, Brian Wilson
Why was it great?: How could a week away in Barcelona surrounded by some of the best alternative acts in the world ever not be great?
When: August 26-28 2016
Where: Bramham Park, Leeds and Richfield Avenue, Reading.
Who played: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Disclosure, Foals, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy all headlined over the three days.
Why was it great?: Over the last few years, R&L has become increasingly eclectic. That meant 2016 offered the widest range of music ever so you could skip from rock to grime to indie pop within one afternoon.
When: August 20-21 2016
Where: Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire.
Who played: Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Sia, Little Mix, Kaiser Chiefs.
Why was it great?: Much like Download should be your go-to for everything rock, V is the place to be for pop lovers. This year's bill made that abundantly clear, with superstar headliners in Rihanna and Justin Bieber and an undercard that didn't let up on quality.