With the sun having finally reared its head, we can't help but look forward to this year's summer festivals.
We've picked our top 15 in the UK and Europe for 2012 below, including the best of what they each have to offer.
Radio 1's Hackney Weekend
When is it? June 23-24
Where is it? Hackney Marshes, London
Who's playing? Jay-Z, Rihanna, David Guetta, Leona Lewis, Florence + the Machine, Jessie J, Lana Del Rey, Nas, Ed Sheeran, Tinie Tempah, Jack White, will.i.am.
How much does it cost? Free (sold out)
What to expect: It boasts the best talent from the UK and America, easily making it one of the strongest UK festival lineups this year. Saturday's Dance Arena with Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris and Deadmau5 is worth checking out alongside the main stage acts.
Isle of Wight Festival
When is it? June 21-24
Where is it? Seaclose Park, Isle of Wight
Who's playing? Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Biffy Clyro, Lana Del Rey, Noel Gallager, Kelis, The Vaccines, Katy B, The Darkness
How much does it cost? £160 (non-camping), £190 (weekend camping)
What to expect: This year's Isle of Wight festival includes a family-friendly lineup as well as big names for indie lovers. Before checking out the headline acts on the main stage, we suggest heading over to the Big Top for Lana, Kelis, Katy B and Stooshe.
When is it? July 6-8
Where? Hyde Park, London
Who's playing? Rihanna, Drake, Deadmau5, Nicki Minaj, Tulisa, Cher Lloyd, Afrojack, Jessie J, Calvin Harris, The Weeknd, Labrinth
How much does it cost? Weekend £135 - single day tickets also available
What to expect: Set in the heart of Central London, this is a festival experience you can reach via the Underground. Set across multiple stages, the event boasts numerous stalls and bars that makes it the ultimate party event in the capital.
When is it? June 8-10
Where? Loch Ness, Scotland
Who's playing? Mumford & Sons, Deadmau5, Biffy Clyro, Justice, Ed Sheeran, Knife Party, The View
How much does it cost? Weekend camping from £159, non‑camping £149, day from £59
What to expect: If our best submarines can't find the Loch Ness Monster then maybe a star-packed music lineup will lure it out instead? With dance rave-athons in one tent and acoustic sets in another - all backed by a quintessentially Scottish backdrop - what's not to like?
When is it? June 29 - July 1
Where? Zrce Beach, Island of Pag, Croatia
Who's playing? Chase and Status (DJ set), Annie Mac, Sub Focus (DJ set), Skrillex
How much does it cost? Weekend from £99
What to expect: There's no other way to put this: Hideout is a three-day rave on a beach in a hotter and sunnier climate. If you like your festivals hot, sweaty, boozy, loud and without a single pair of wellies in sight, this is the one for you.
When is it? August 24-26
Where is it? Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds
Who's playing? Kasabian, The Cure, Paramore, Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, Metronomy, Justice, The Vaccines, Azealia Banks, OFWGKTA, Miike Snow, Santigold.
How much does it cost? £85 (day pass), £197.50 (weekend camping)
What to expect: Reading and Leeds have pulled together a mighty list of big names and exciting new bands to ensure this year's event over summer's final bank holiday weekend is a sell-out.
When is it? June 15-17
Where is it? Victoria Park, London
Who's playing? Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, Emeli Sandé, Hot Chip, Azealia Banks, Maverick Sabre, Patrick Wolf, Azari & III, Rita Ora, Kelis, Niki & the Dove.
How much does it cost? From £29 (Friday) to £99 (three days)
What to expect: This year's Lovebox celebrates "a decade of love" with a mixture of chart-friendly, classic and underground acts.
When is it? June 8-10
Where? Donington Park, East Midlands
Who's playing? Black Sabbath, The Prodigy, Metallica, Biffy Clyro, Chase and Status, Tenacious D, Soundgarden
How much does it cost? Weekend camping from £190, non‑camping £165, day £82.50
What to expect: It's also the festival's 10th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than a reunion set from Black Sabbath? Expect roaring guitar solos, throat-rumbling screaming and some top-notch head-banging.
T in the Park
When is it? July 6-8
Where is it? Balado, Kinross-shire
Who's playing? The Stone Roses, Nicki Minaj, Noel Gallagher, Calvin Harris, New Order, Snow Patrol, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia.
How much does it cost? £70 (day pass), £189 (weekend camping)
What to expect: Scotland's leading music festival plays host to another array of indie and mainstream performers, including Nicki Minaj and The Stone Roses.
Hard Rock Calling
When is it? July 13-15
Where is it? Hyde Park, London
Who's playing? Soundgarden, Bruce Springsteen, Amy Macdonald, Lawson, Lady Antebellum, Paul Simon, Christina Perri, Guillemots
How much does it cost? From £55.75 to £121
What to expect: It's lineup may not be as headline-grabbing as most, but Hard Rock Calling - held in the very centre of London never fails to put on a brilliant show with its mix of vintage and modern rock.
When is it? July 12-15
Where? Benicassim (in between Barcelona and Valencia)
Who's playing? The Stone Roses, Florence + the Machine, Bob Dylan, Noel Gallgher, Katy B, At the Drive-In, David Guetta, The Vaccines
How much does it cost? Weekend from £155
What to expect: If a drunken week in the Balearic Islands have become a little tiresome of late, Spain also offers this beaut of a music event. Some of the world's biggest rock and pop acts perform for you across three stages and then you get to end the night by chilling on the sandy shores of Spain's east coast.
When is it? August 18-19
Where is it? Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire
Who's playing? The Stone Roses, The Killers, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Tom Jones, Tinie Tempah, Gossip, Dappy, Labrinth, Cher Lloyd.
How much does it cost? £86 (day pass), £180 (weekend camping)
What to expect: This year's twin festival plays host to the The Killers and The Stones Roses' comeback trail, as well as rising pop acts Lawson and Stooshe.
When is it? June 14-18
Where? Pembrey Country Park, South Wales
Who's playing? Dizzee Rascal, Chase and Status, Friendly Fires, The Maccabees, Wretch 32, Nero
How much does it cost? Weekend students £109, standard weekend £129
What to expect: Now in its sixth year, Beach Break Live combines the best of the British seaside with the best of British music. Whether you're a student celebrating the end of exams or just looking to dance in the sand, additional extreme sports and a funfair make this more of a weekend getaway than a traditional festival experience.
When is it? June 29 - July 1
Where? Paddock Wood, Kent
Who's playing? Bob Dylan, Suede, Peter Gabriel, Damien Rice, Patti Smith, Primal Scream, Billy Ocean, Sir Bruce Forsyth
How much does it cost? Weekend £162, day tickets £65
What to expect: What other festival would have Primal Scream and Sir Brucey on the same lineup? Hop Farm's no sponsorship, no branding ethos and care-free atmosphere make the festival one of the most sophisticated, enjoyable and relaxing music events around.
When is it? July 4-7
Where? Gdynia, Poland
Who's playing? Bjork, Mumford & Sons, The xx, Bon Iver, Dry The River, Janelle Monaé, The Ting Tings, Yeasayer
How much does it cost? Weekend priced between £33 and £82
What to expect: Spread across three stages on an airfield in Poland, Heineken's Open'er festival has a lineup packed full of indie-rock acts. If you're the type of person who likes to combine a city break with your summer festival, we can't think of many better alternatives.
When is it? September 6-9
Where is it? Robin Hill Country Park, Downend, Isle Of Wight
Who's playing? Stevie Wonder, New Order, Django Django, Friendly Fires, Frank Ocean, Hot Chip, The xx, Azealia Banks, De La Soul, Sister Sledge, Justice
How much does it cost? £120 for children, £180 adults (weekend camping)
What to expect: The closer of the festival season sports its usual eclectic and bold lineup, which feels particularly in keeping with this year's wildlife dressing-up theme.
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