Best Kept Secret, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands, June 16-18: One of the best places to hear Thom Yorke and co. this summer -- complete with cool cottages or pre-pitched campsites with all mod cons.
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Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 2-4: The lineup is on the mainstream side of indie, with bands including Muse and Death Cab for Cutie.
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Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain, May 31-June 4: If you love good tunes but aren't a fan of a weekend's camping, Primavera Sound and its accessible location will be ideal.
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Fujirock, Naeba Ski Resort, Japan, July 28-30 -- Gorillaz, Aphex Twin and Bjork lead the billing as Japan's biggest music festival returns to its stunning location in the Naeba Ski Resort in Yuzawa.
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G! Festival, Faroe Islands, July 13-15: The small gathering offers more than its lineup -- quintessentially Scandinavian, it also boasts a picturesque seaside backdrop.
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Port Eliot, Cornwall, UK, July 27-30: In addition to music performances, the 12th century estate of Port Eliot also hosts a range of exhibitions and workshops from literature to fashion.
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Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, UK, May 25- June 4: Dubbed the "Woodstock of the mind" by Bill Clinton, the Hay Festival, on the England and Wales border, is a week-long celebration of literature.
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Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, USA, July 14-16: Celebrating its 12th year, Pitchfork Musical Festival focuses on critically lauded acts rather than those troubling the top of the charts.
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NOS Alive, Lisbon, Portugal, July 6-8: A treat composed of the biggest names -- the Foo Fighters and Depeche Mode are two of the headline acts -- as well as the coolest bands of the year.
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Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh, UK, August 12-28: Every summer, the Scottish capital becomes a cultural mecca. The book festival showcases an exciting mix of established names and up-and-coming authors.
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Roskilde, Denmark, June 24- July 1: The Danish festival is an eight-day affair with non-stop partying and music shows happening on and off stage.
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The Good Life Experience, Flintshire, UK, September 15-17: The Good Life Experience is much more than a music festival. There are nature writing talks, campfire cooking sessions and even craft classes.
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End of the Road, Dorset, UK, August 31- September 3: End of the Road wraps up the English summer with an exciting lineup of the best critically acclaimed indie talents.
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Melt, Gräfenhainichen, Germany, July 14-16: Germany throws the biggest techno and house party in Europe in a stark industrial museum.
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Rock en Seine, Paris, France, August 25-27: This year's lineup for Rock en Seine is as diverse as ever -- with performances from PJ Harvey, The xx, Cypress Hill and Franz Ferdinand.
Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden, August 10-12: Way Out West is undoubtedly the best place to celebrate Sweden's magical summer before the Scandinavian weather takes a turn for the worse.