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Musicians are no strangers to travel. But now several mobile rock festivals are putting the trip centre stage.

Starting 21 April, the Railroad Revival Tour will chug out of Oakland, California, on a 1,500-foot vintage locomotive. The bands - Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, and Old Crow Medicine Show - will write and record music along the way, stopping for outdoor shows along their route to New Orleans, Louisiana.

On the high seas, music cruises were long a haven for bands appealing to a bit of an older crowd - think Jimmy Buffet Parrothead cruises. But this year, promoters shifted their focus to younger fans with the riotously successful garage rock Bruise Cruise on Carnival Cruise Line.

"Music festivals have started to get boring, and they're exhausting. You're sleeping in weird conditions, eating bad food, standing in lines," promoter Michelle Cable said. "We wanted something that was both fun and exciting but also relaxing."

The inaugural cruise was such a success that they've already set the date for next year's trip, 10 to 13 February, 2012.

Next up? An in-flight music festival? Or maybe Sir Richard Branson could hook up Virgin Music and Virgin Galactic for a spaceship jam. Now that would be some serious air guitar.

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