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08 March 2006

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Sunrise Summer Solstice Celebration
16-21 June
Secret Location
Many a reason to take in this one; Firstly, it's taking place just down the road from Pilton, well, somwhere in Somerset anyway. The location's being kept secret to stop hoards of free-loaders gate-crashing the party. But if it's the county of Somerset you crave, the rolling hills, the slippery feel of the mud between your toes, and the chance to buy some cheese on your way home, then look no further. Reason two, the festival will be made up by some of the main players who make Glasto so unique, contributors such Hearthworks, Beduoin Tents, Buddhafield, Avalon Rising, EartHeart and The Nectar Temple, meaning it's sure to evoke the nearest sense of Glasto's spiritual community you'll find anywhere this summer. Add on leftfield acts like Banco Da Gaia, Tarantism, Dragonsfly, and Altered Native, pay out just £65 for a weekend camping ticket, and you're guaranteed an experience as close to Glasto’s Green Fields as you could possibly get. It's even got a stone circle for that spiritual Solstice moment.  
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Wireless Festival
21–25 June
Hyde Park, London
You'll probably get arrested by the Parks Authority if you so much as camp on Hyde Park, let alone spark a spontaneous fire juggling face-off, and on the surface, the slick and safe Wireless Festival has little in common with the earthy mystique of Glastonbury. But if, as a Glasto veteran, you're programmed to have your annual bout of 'festival bonkersitis' on the last weekend of June every year, or have already booked time off work forgetting that the gates at Worthy Farm will be well and truly boarded up this year, then this series of five back-to-back gigs in the centre of London could go some way to fulfilling your fix. Try to ignore the city skyline and pretend like you are in the countryside for at least one day, enjoying acts like The Strokes, Depeche Mode, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, and, er, David Gray rocking out next to the Serpentine. A two-day Wireless event is also taking place in Leeds.
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29 June – 2 July
Roskilde, Denmark
Roskilde is the largest music festival in Northern Europe, Pearl Jam’s event of choice, and a huge supporter of international humanitarian charities. Established in 1971 it is as old as Glastonbury and attracts big acts: Guns N' Roses, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros and The Streets will all be making like sonic Hans Christian Andersens by heading over to Denmark this summer. As well as the huge acts on show, there's a lego box choice of activities, sports, workshops, side-shows, and other diversions to keep you occupied for weeks. From poetry slam to rock climbing and skating to book reading, you could go to Roskilde, not see one band, and still leave happy having had the weekend of your life. Ring any bells? And like Glastonbury, you can arrive days before it all kicks off 'proper' to soak up the ambience and make yourself at home.   
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The Glade Festival
14-16 July
Secret Location
Glasto goers who spend their days skipping around the dance village, before wrapping themselves around a kebab van booming tunes through a 10K rig throughout the night need look no further than The Glade Festival. Having spent its formative first five years at Glastonbury, the electronic beats feast fled the nest and started up on its own in 2004. With an acclaimed debut, some of the most pioneering names in dance music have since been clamouring for a slot, resulting in Sasha and Aphex Twin headlining last year. So far, the location of the event has been kept secret until the last minute to keep out fence jumpers, and this time round it looks as if it might even switch venues. Wherever it ends up, Glade is destined to be a must for cutting edge dance enthusiasts, offering up a mix of psy-trance, nu breaks and electronic mayhem over three days.
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Festival Internacional de Benicassim
20 – 23 July
Benicassim, Spain
If it's the glamour of Glastonbury you seek and you're one of them who invests in a luxury teepee and spends the day sitting back-stage hoping to rub wellies with Kate Moss, then you may want to don your gold chain get a fake tan and head to Spain. Benicassim is the festival equivalent of the sexy beach chick; four days of unparalleled weather, hundreds of world class acts, and it’s by the Mediterranean. Nothing gets going until ten at night because everyone is too busy sunbathing and pampering themselves, which means partying until the sun comes up the next day. Indulge in Benicassim and you will develop an infatuation that will last forever.
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