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Music Festival Fun: Skyscanner’s Top Picks

Here at Skyscanner HQ, we love festivals; the music, the mud, the beer and the bands

Here at Skyscanner HQ, we love festivals; the music, the mud, the beer and the bands. Glastonbury and T in the Park may be over, but Europe’s festival season has only just begun. If you’d prefer to avoid the UK weather, why not get your festival fix further afield with Skyscanner’s list of top festival flight bargains.

Paleo Festival Nyon

(Route de Saint-Cergue, Switzerland) One of Switzerland’s biggest music festivals attracting around 220,000 punters every year, this six day event is set in spectacular Alpine meadows and showcases the finest rock, pop, hip-hop and reggae, plus theatre and children’s attractions. If you want to boogie in the shadow of the Swiss Alps, get your tickets soon; this Swiss scorcher has sold out for the last five years straight. **When:** 22 Jul – 27 Jul 2008 **Line Up:** Massive Attack, R.E.M., Manu Chao **Travel:** Get [cheap flights to Geneva]( – from **£44.99** (one way from the UK)

Sziget Festival

(Óbuda – Hajógyár Island, Hungary) Located on an island in the middle of the River Danube, Sziget is one of the biggest music festivals in the world attracting 400,000 people who come to watch a myriad of musical genres across 24 stages (think: rock, jazz, African, Latin etc). Like Glastonbury, the festival offers more than music, with cinema, theatre and dance installations, and if you get too hot, you can always take a dip in the Danube. **When:** 12 Aug – 18 Aug 2008 **Line Up:** Iron Maiden, Sex Pistols, R.E.M. **Travel:** Get [cheap flights to Budapest]( From **£34.99** (one way from the UK)


(Brussels, Belgium) Proving that Belgium is anything but boring, Pukkelpop is a three-day music extravaganza that has been going since 1985 and is one of the largest music festivals in the country, with an attendance of approximately 130,000. From hard rock to hip hop, you’ll find plenty to inspire your inner Belgium boogie. **When:** 14 Aug – 16 Aug 2008 **Line Up:** Kaiser Chiefs, Smashing Pumpkins, Iggy Pop **Travel:** Get [cheap flights to Brussels]( – from **£39.44** (one way from the UK)


(Biddinghuizen, Netherlands) No one can accuse the Dutch of not enjoying a good time, so this three day event that attracts 55,000 people promosies to be a hedonistic gathering. Described as “Glastonbury meets Goa” this progressive outdoor festival features alternative music with added art, visuals and comedy. **When:** 15 Aug – 17 Aug 2008 **Line Up:** Black Kids, British Sea Power, Diplo **Travel:** Get [cheap flights to Amsterdam]( – from **£32.11** (one way from the UK)

Electric Picnic

(County Laois, Ireland) The Emerald Isle’s most popular festival, this three day event offers more than just music, with massage chambers, mock weddings, a fairground and luxury tents equipped with hot showers, all just 50 minutes from Dublin. Go and enjoy the County Laois Craic! **When:** 29 Aug – 31 Aug 2008 **Line Up**: Goldfrapp, Franz Ferdinand, Sex Pistols **Travel:** Get [cheap flights to Dublin]( – from **£21.41** (one way from the UK)

Iceland Airwaves

(Reykjavik, Iceland) Swap muddy fields for lava fields and experience Iceland’s magical moonscape and biggest music festival which lasts five whole days. Featuring top Icelandic acts as well as world renowned bands and DJs, the event takes place across 15 venues in downtown Reykjavik. The highlight is the chill out party hosted in the famed Blue Lagoon. Bathe your hung-over soul in the thermal pools whilst being serenaded by hand picked bands. **When:** 15 Oct – 19 Oct 2008 **Line Up:** These New Puritans, Crystal Castles, The Machine **Travel:** Get [cheap flights to Reykjavik]( – from **£105** (one way from the UK) _All flight prices are correct at time of publication. To find the best and latest festival fares log on to: [](