March 06, 2012 06:37 ET Rocks Travel to the Tune of Europe's Best Music Fests

Rounding Up the Best Festivals for Soaking Up Sun-Kissed Beats and the Cheapest Deals for Getting to Them

LONDON--(Marketwire - Mar 6, 2012) - Festival season is fast approaching and tickets are already being purchased, so, the leader in online travel deals publishing, advises travellers that now is the time to book flights in order to ensure the best deals to Europe's greatest gigs.

"Festivals are a great way to let your hair down and leave your worries behind. Partying with friends, dancing the night away and losing yourself in festival fever is something everyone should experience at some point," says Nadine Hallak, Travel Expert for

"Given that festival tickets are already on sale, demand for cheap flight deals is only going to get hotter, so now is the time to book for first dibs of the best fares," adds Hallak.

Grab your dancing shoes and kick off the festival season by exploring the hottest gigs and comparing from among the best deals.

Benicassim Festival, Spain (12-14 July 2012)
Benicassim Festival is ideal for those who want to combine a festival experience with a summer holiday. The festival campsites, which are next to one of Europe's most beautiful beaches, are open from 11 July, so guests can relax to the max and soak up the sunshine before the four-day music explosion kicks off on 14 July. Be warned, this festival is not for the faint-hearted -- headline acts hit the stage at 1 a.m. and the party lasts through to 8 a.m. There is a wide range of music on offer from electro to pop, from indie to rock. This year's acts include The Streets, Paolo Nutini, Pendulum and The Arctic Monkeys. Flights to Valencia start from £219 return.

T in the Park - Kinkross, Scotland (6-8 July 2012)
This three-day rock event, July 7 to 11, has been known to sell-out in a little as 90 minutes and continues to grow every year, taking on as many as ten stages. T in the Park is not just a music festival. It also boasts remarkable fairgrounds with rides, games and concessions, so there's always something to do. And don't forget your sleeping bag because the best way to experience this event is by taking advantage of the extensive campgrounds, situated amidst the gently rolling hills of Kinross. Flights to Glasgow start from £80 return.

Bestival - Isle of Wight, England (20-24 June 2012)
Nope, it's not Glastonbury and it's not Reading, it's Bestival. Probably one of the most eclectic festivals out there, Bestival offers an alternative and diverse option to the typical corporate music fest. This kid-friendly, four-day event (September 8 to 11) boasts music from renowned rock artists, as well as quirky tents and competitions. The most popular event is Fancy Dress, where attendees dress up in outlandish costumes. In 2010, 55,000 festival goers participated in Fancy Dress and ended up breaking a Guinness World Record.

Rock im Park/ Rock am Ring - Nuremberg, Germany and Nürburg, Germany (1-3 June 2012)
This three-day rock festival, from July 3 to 5, is the largest music festival in Germany and divides itself between two cities; Nuremberg and Nürburg. Both festivals occur simultaneously, so, whether you prefer the tranquil scenery of Nürburg or the historical city atmosphere of Nuremberg, it doesn't matter because all musicians play at both venues. Flights to Nuremberg start from £125 return and flights to Cologne start from £71 return.

Sziget Fesztivál - Budapest, Hungary (6-13 August 2012)
Originally, Sziget started as a Hungarian music event created to boost the summer festival scene after the fall of communism. Now, it's gone on to become one of the most international music affairs in Europe. You'll find a stage for all genres, including world music, blues, jazz and rock. Conveniently located on an island in the center of Budapest, day trips into the city are a great way to add to the Sziget experience. This year's festival runs August 8 to 15. Flights to Budapest start from £124 return.

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