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Blur rocking Glastonbury may seem like a decade ago, and Coachella 2009 just a hot hazy memory, but never fear, from a stellar line-up of alternative music in Belgium to an all-out art fest in the Nevada desert, summer 2009 still has a lot more festival love to give.

Rather than collapse with jealousy when thinking about those thousands currently flocking to Japan’s Fuji Rock, which kicks off tomorrow, dig out those wellies and gather your tent pegs – there are still plenty of opportunities to catch world-class entertainment in the great outdoors this summer. Embrace.

Sziget festival, Hungary

Set on a green island on the Danube, this, one of Europe’s largest music festivals, is a week-long extravaganza of musical delights. The line-up this year includes The Subways, Editors, Klaxons, Primal Scream, Pendulum and The Prodigy.

When: 12-17 August 2009

Where: Obudai Island, Budapest, Hungary

Tickets: €150-180 (£130-155), depending on camping, €40 (£35) for day tickets

Website: www.szigetfestival.com

Pukkelpop, Belgium

Bounce and frolic to the sounds of Arctic Monkeys, Faith No More, Snow Patrol and N*E*R*D, while enjoying fine Belge beer at one of Belgium’s most popular festivals. Originally a one-day festival, Pukklepop now spans three days with over 200 acts.

When: 20-22 August 2009

Where: Kempische Steenweg, Kiewit Hasselt, Belgium

Tickets: €135 (£117) for weekend tickets, €75 (£65) for one-day tickets

Website: www.pukkelpop.be

Electric Elephant, Croatia

This boutique festival – from the guys behind Manchester’s famous Electric Chair Club – enjoyed a highly successful first year in 2008. This year’s event is eagerly anticipated, promising a stellar line up of DJ’s and live acts.

When: 28-30 August 2009

Where: Petrcane village, Croatia

Tickets: £69.99 for weekend tickets (free for children under 12)

Website: www.electricelephant.co.uk

Burning Man, USA

Set in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, Burning Man is the ultimate indulgence for arty types. The event, set on an ancient lake bed known as La Playa, showcases an eclectic array of music, art and performance. The theme for 2009 is ‘Evolution: A Tangled Bank’.

When: 31 August – 7 September 2009

Where: Black Rock City, Gerlach, Nevada

Tickets: $240-300 (£146-183)

Website: www.burningman.com

End of the Road, UK

Fleet Foxes and Okkervil River head an alternative line-up playing to the family-friendly crowds at the beautiful Larmer Tree Gardens. Spot the peacocks, wander through the pretty grounds, and enjoy a smorgasbord of cuisine from around the globe.

When: 11-13 September 2009

Where: Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, UK

Tickets: £115 for weekend tickets, including camping

Website: www.endoftheroadfestival.com

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