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Global music festivals to catch this summer

  • Golden oldies

    The Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in Manchester, Tennessee runs from 13-16 June and is, along with Coachella, one of the biggest festivals in the US. This year’s line-up features a host of old hands, including headliners Paul McCartney and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, along with Björk, Wilco and The National. (Photo: Bonnaroo)

  • Biggest and best?

    Headliners The Rolling Stones are celebrating their half century at Glastonbury, the UK’s legendary music festival, which returns in 2013 after a year off. Mumford & Sons and Arctic Monkeys share headlining duties down in Pilton, Somerset, UK, from 26-30 June. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Poles apart

    The 10th Open’er will be held at the Kosakowo Airport in Gdynia on the Polish coast. Blur, Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Kings Of Leon are all due to appear. Ticket holders should hang around an extra day, as their passes will also let them see Rihanna, who is performing at a special concert on 7 July. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Great Dane

    One of Europe’s largest – and oldest festivals (it’s been going since 1971), Denmark’s Roskilde runs from 4-7 July and attracts big acts, which this year include Kraftwerk, The National, Sigur Rós and Slipknot. Metallica will appear in a European festival exclusive. (Photo: Steffen Joergensen/Roskilde)

  • Making an Exit

    Running since 2000, Exit Festival is held in the breathtaking surroundings of the Petrovaradin fortress of Novi Sad in Vojvodina, Serbia. Exit is a stalwart of the vibrant European festival scene – and this year plays host to Atoms For Peace, Bloc Party, The Prodigy, and Fatboy Slim, from 10-14 July. (Photo: Matt McNeill)

  • On the beach

    Benicassim, which runs from 18-21 July this year, has been going since the 1990s and attracts a young, party-orientated crowd to its beach-side venue near Valencia in southern Spain. Popular guitar bands always feature prominently, and this year’s headliners include Queens of the Stone Age, Beady Eye, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers. (Photo: Fib file)

  • Japan rocks

    Held at Naeba ski resort in Japan’s Niigata prefecture, Fuji Rock is so named because in its first year, 1997, it was held at the base of Mount Fuji. From 26 to 28 July it will feature hundreds of Japanese and international acts with an indie rock bent – this year’s headliners are Nine Inch Nails, The Cure and Björk. (Photo: Keiichi Yoshihara)

  • Clean and green

    Norway’s new addition to the festival scene, Øya is a smaller, ‘boutique’ event with four stages. It will take place in Oslo’s Medieval Park, bordered by a fjord. In tribute to its pastoral surroundings, Øya aims to minimise its environmental impact. Blur, Kraftwerk, and The Knife are among the acts featuring this year, which takes place from 6-10 August. (Photo: Getty Images)

  • Go west

    Another relative newbie, Way Out West is held in Slottsskogen in Gothenburg, Sweden. And like its Scandinavian neighbour, Øya, it has environmentalism at its heart – in 2012 all food served was vegetarian. From 8-10 August this year, Neil Young & Crazy Horse will head up an indie/electronic-heavy bill, which also features The Knife, Cat Power and James Blake. (Photo: Fluff)

  • Sunny Outlook

    Croatia has spawned a heap of new festivals in recent years, and Outlook, now in its sixth year, is one of its most popular. Held in Fort Punta Christo, Pula, from 29 August - 1 September, it is focused on bass and sound system culture, and this year features Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Shy FX and The Pharcyde. (Photo: Dan Medhurst)