It is great to leap on a train and go to music festival in a town not far from where you live, where you are almost guaranteed to bump into a bunch of people you know. Listening to familiar local bands and big names thrown together can be a real thrill. But sometimes it is better to head far afield, where the weather is more reliable and the music offers something a little different in among the headline acts. Bands can also benefit from expanding their horizons and looking for gigs at music festivals elsewhere in Europe, which will allow them to play music, make new contacts and have a holiday all at the same time.

More fun, without the financial sting

European music festivals can also be a much cheaper choice compared to the increasingly wallet-scorching ticket prices of festivals at home. This summer, a two-day camping ticket to the Hartera Festival in Rijeka, Croatia, cost just €85 as opposed to €224.50 for three days at this year's Oxegen Festival, or around €233 for Glastonbury in England. However, you do have to take the cost of travel into account. Unless you

manage to grab a very cheap flight you will probably end up paying the same, although you do get a lot for your money.

A lot of people like the idea of a summer music festivals but prefer to stay away from camp sites unless they involve a luxury trailer complete with fridge, shower and a leather sectional recliner to laze on whilst listening to the tunes. If so, the good news is that a lot of European music festivals offer the music without the mud and lack of permanent plumbing. There are a number of world-class festivals in Europe that offer great music without the need to camp.

One of the wackiest and most lively festivals on the planet is the month-long