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Whether you’re planning to entertain the kids al fresco, attend a music festival or stroll along the sea shore, make hay while the sun shines and take inspiration from our pick of perfect picnicware.

Music festivals to go cashless

Revellers will have to manage without cash at music festivals next year, after organisers of events such as Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading said that they were switching to a system that allows payment to be made by security wristbands.

Glastonbury devotes stage to disabled musicians

This year's Glastonbury is devoting a stage to disabled musicians. Club Attitude, the club event from Attitude Is Everything will showcase both disabled and non-disabled musicians for five hours on the Hub Stage in the Shangri-La field tomorrow.

Glastonbury at 40: From hippyville to international music festival

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'Legal highs' warning for summer festival-goers

Organisers of this summer's music festivals were urged to warn revellers about the dangers of so-called "legal highs".

You'll need more than wellies at this summer's music festivals

All those tents can be easy pickings for thieves, so make sure you have the right policy, says Chiara Cavaglieri

The festival goer's cheat guide



If you’re attending Glastonbury or Bestival this summer and want to avoid stinking portable loos, greasy hair and trench foot, check out our festival goer’s cheat list for 10 must-haves which will save your dignity.

Beware the great British ticket scammers

Festival-goers and football fans are being warned to be wary of a new rash of online ticket scams.

Your guide to 2010's best festivals

From the world-famous likes of Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds to the latest niche-interest and boutique events, the UK has always had a rich tradition of hosting music festivals during its balmy southern months. These days, though, there are so many different events on offer that sorting the wheat from the chaff can be a bit bewildering. With that in mind, we've sat down, had a think and come up with our guide to the best lesser-known festivals coming up in the next few months.

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Intimacy and friendliness are the themes at the bespoke, boutique festivals

Watching Blur close Glastonbury last year with an emotionally charged performance, it was clear that it remains the king of festivals. But for those who've become lost in its frightening vastness, wandered dispiritedly through the dust-blown wastelands of Reading, Leeds and V, or are simply getting older and fancy a sit-down, the past five years has seen a huge rise in bespoke, boutique festivals. Green Man, Latitude, Wychwood, End of the Road, Cornbury and Truck are among the increasingly established names where musical pleasure on a more human scale is all but assured.

Festival-goers: beware of online ticket fraudsters

It's not really possible to imagine what they felt, the thousands of people who unwittingly arrived at music festivals proffering fake tickets. They had bought them from plausible-looking websites, handed over card details, paid hundreds of pounds and then... nothing.

Wolfgang Wagner: Composer's grandson who ran the Bayreuth Festival in sometimes controversial circumstances

Wolfgang Wagner was the sole director of the Bayreuth music festival for 42 years. Grandson of the composer Richard Wagner and son of the British-born Hitler fan Winifred Wagner, he assumed sole control of the festival in 1966 and continued the process begun by his brother Wieland of staging Richard's operas in modern settings.

The Secret Garden Party announce 2010 line up

Blooming this July, Secret Productions have now released tickets for the main event this summer and are pleased to announce the following artists are now confirmed...

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