With more reliable weather, cheaper ticket prices and the novelty of experiencing it all on foreign fields, it’s not hard to see why more and more music lovers are heading to central Europe for their summer music festivals.
Those who were looking to witness Pulp’s reunion this year had the option to pay in excess of £180 to see them in a muddy field in Leeds or Reading, or £55 (plus around £130 for flights) for their show in Serbia’s historic Petrovaradin Fortress at Exit festival.
Exit festival offers a blend of music from its hill overlooking the city of Novi Sad.
Visitors can experience the city during the day and soak up the beautiful views, as well as the drinks, from the bars along the fortress walls at night.
Pennies go a long way in Serbia, and festival goers will be pleased to hear that the average pint costs less than a pound.
If you don’t fancy camping, then renting a house and living with the locals is a common alternative, which can be as much of an experience as the festival itself.
New to the festival scene this year, was Hideout Festival in Croatia.
For three nights, clubs on the island of Pag opened their doors to an array of dance acts such as Simian Mobile Disco and Chase and Status.
Zcre beach kept the party vibes going all week with water sports, boat parties and bungee jumps.
Many festival goers also opted to island hop on their way back or take a much needed rest in the cultural city of Split.
Other popular destinations include Benacassim Festival in Spain, which offers one of the best line-ups in Europe and the varied Lowlands Festival in Holland.
While there is a certain comedy factor to waking up hungover in a leaking tent, there are lots of advantages to trading the stoicism for a warmer climate, and with a bit of planning, you could find yourself with a festival and a holiday in one affordable package.