It's nearly that time of year again. The sun is shining, there's adverts for tents and camping gear on the telly and you're only interested in eating salad and burnt BBQ food. It must mean that 'festival season' is nearly upon us.
But with so many options and choices, which festival do you attend? Particularly if you've already tried out some of the bigger annual events and are looking for something a little bit different this year.
We've done all the hard work and research for you by pulling together this comprehensive list of the best music and arts festivals of 2012... if you're looking for something a little different.
Some of them are big, some of them are small - but if you love festivals, you'll love these suggestions. And all in helpful date order as well...
Taking place: 1-2 June at Valhalla IP, Gothenburg, Sweden
Summerburst Festival is Sweden's largest event for electronic music. Over two days the Valhalla IP arena in Gothenburg will be transformed into a massive day club featuring a stage, Gothenburg's largest dance floor, multiple VIP areas and chill out spots. With Adrian Lux, Alessi, Avicii, Axwell, Calvin Harris and Deadmus.
Wychwood Festival 2012
Taking place: 8-10 June at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
Widely regarded as the UK's most family friendly festival, Wychwood brings a mixture of folk and work music with performances from James, Bellowhead, The Damned, The Saw Doctors and many more.
The Parklife Weekender
Taking place: 9-10 June at Platt Fields Park, Manchester
From the same team behind The Warehouse Project, this event will feature Buraka Bon Sistema, Chic feat. Nile Rogers, Crystal Castles, De La Soul, Dizzee Rascal, Fresh (Live), Noah and the Whale, Flaming Lips, Nero and Kelis.
Beach Break Live
Taking place: 14-18 June at Pembrey Country Park, South Wales
Beach Break Live is the UK’s largest student festival, attracting over 20,000 festival goers to its eight-mile award winning beach in Pembrey Country Park year after year. Now in its sixth, the festival is bigger and better, showcasing both globally known artists alongside up and coming talents. With Ben Howard, Chase and Status, Dizzee Rascal and Friendly Fires.
Taking place: 28-30 June at The Park, Hampshire
Blissfields is celebrated for having an intimate atmosphere, with a big line-up – previous acts including Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Super Fury Animals. It’s small but perfectly formed. This year, expect The Noisettes, Patrick Wolf, Spector and Man Like Me.
Larmer Tree Festival
Taking place: 11-15 July at Larmer Tree Gardens, near Salisbury
Great lineup at this lovely boutique, family friendly festival including Paloma Faith, Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Levellers, Roots Manuva, Tim Minchin, Caravan Palace, The Correspondents, Dub Pistols, Shlomo, Otis Gibbs and RSVP.
Taking place: 27-29 July at Lowther Deer Park, The Lake District
Gorgeous setting for this popular festival in the Lake District with a lineup including Dizzee Rascal, James, Maximo Park, Shed Seven, Feeder, We Are Scientists, Inspiral Carpets, Little Roy, Dreadzone, Vintage Trouble and WhiskyCats.
Nozstock, The Hidden Valley
Taking place: 27-29 July at Bromyard, Herefordshire
One of Creative Boom's favourites (we've attended the last two), Nozstock is a friendly and small festival founded by a fun-loving family. Artists featured this year include The Futureheads, The Proclaimers, Dreadzone, The Correspondents, Willy Moon, Los Albertos and Imperial Leisure.
The Magic Loungeabout
Taking place: 27-29 July at Broughton Hall, Yorkshire
Returning for their third year, the popular Magic Loungeabout festival has a great lineup including CHIC ft Nile Rodgers, The Charlatans, Inner City, Summer Camp, Stuart Maconie and Jon Ronson, among many others - all in the beautiful countryside setting of Broughton Hall.
Stop Making Sense 2012
Taking place: 2-6 August at The Garden, Tisno, Croatia
With Lil'Louis, Ron Trent & Chez Damier, Benji B, Deetron, Jimmy Edgar, The Correspondents, Daniel Avery, Steffi and lots more.
Eastern Electrics Festival 2012
Taking place: 4 August at Clapham Common
With Jamie Jones, Maceo Plex, Nina Kraviz, Tensnake, Dusky, Crazy P, Kerri Chandler, Julio Bashmore, Joy Orbison, Pan-Pot, Greg Wilson and many more acts.
Standon Calling 2012
Taking place: 3-5 August at Standon Lordship, Hertfordshire
With Beardyman, Death in Vegas, Fat Freddy's Drop, The Skints, Willy Mason, King Charles, BIGkids, Crazy P and so many more. Lots of non-music activity, including fancy dress, interactive theatre, a treasure hunt, a beatbox workshop, cinema, literary readings and lots more.
Croissant Neuf Summer Party
Taking place: 10-12 August at a 'secret location' near Usk, Monmouthshire
Winner of 'A Greener Festival 2011', this stunning festival is back for 2012 and features Seth Lakeman, Gabby Young and Other Animals, Willy Mason, Laid Blak, Lazy Habits, Will and The People and many more.
Taking place: 23-27 August at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire
Shambala is one of the UK’s leading green festivals, set in a stunning lakeside location and now in it’s 14th year, it boasts a line-up of dance, cabaret, folk and pop like no other, with art installations, walkabouts and workshops… while remaining the UK’s number one sustainable event. With Roots Manuva, DJ Yoda, Ed Rush & Optical, Billy Bragg and Lau.
Taking place: 24-27 August at Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire
Set in the beautiful surroundings of Cheltenham Racecourse at the height of summertime, a unique offering of entertainment is presented to festival-goers from music, literature and spoken-word, visual and performing arts, and comedy. What makes Greenbelt stand out from any other festival is that each of these elements is injected with honesty and tolerance, values that give rise to a culturally-engaged and extraordinary experience. Highlights of this year announced so far include Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle, a stimulating speaker programme, performing arts stars include the breathtaking OperaUpClose plus children’s comedian and magician Tom Elliot.
The Zoo Project Festival
Taking place: 14-16 September at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
For the first time ever The Zoo Project is bringing its world famous Ibiza gatherings to the UK. Over three days, house and techno institutions will be showcasing their very best talent among a real working Wild Animal Park. Festival goers will be releasing their inner animals alongside the real thing as the likes of Cocoon, secretsundaze and Channel Zoo host stages across the three day event.