Summer Festivals – Top Cities to Visit this Summer from

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Festivals are no longer the exclusive territory of students, hippies and the young according to This summer there are countless festivals taking part right across the planet. Everything from dance music extravaganzas to festivals that focus on performance, rock, theatre, film and jazz music.

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The festival scene has become much more sophisticated and varied than it used to be

Why not go for something a bit different and build a summer 2010 break around one of the world's best festivals?

There's Soundwave in Croatia, a close cousin to the very popular Isle of Wight Bestival. There's Netmage in Italy, which features the best in music and film as well as Mexican wrestling. Brooklyn's NoFun is one of New York's finest. For something a bit closer to home for the heavy metal fan, why not take a holiday to France and head for Hellfest? Set deep in a dark forest near Clisson, France, it's billed as having room for 'only' 20,000 metalheads.

If that's all a bit much for the eardrums, there is a superb alternative; Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival held at the cool French holiday resort of Sete, complete with a mammoth end-of-festival 16 hour beach party.

The Miami Carnival is one of the largest street festivals in the US. It is held over one weekend in October, but the whole city is alive with supporting events, parades, and music for two weeks leading up to the final carnival parade. For those on a holiday in Florida at this time a visit to the carnival is highly recommended.

For something a bit more laid back, try the International Istanbul Jazz Festival held every year in early July. Past festivals have previously featured greats such as Ray Charles, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, so a great line up of local and international artists is guaranteed every year. has great deals on flights and holidays in Turkey for sun-seekers and jazz aficionados alike.

“The festival scene has become much more sophisticated and varied than it used to be” confirms's MD Alex Saint. “As a result we're seeing demand for low cost flights from a wide variety of people, from rockers in their 20s to house music fans in their 50s, teenage film fans and folk lovers of all ages, right across the board. Rather than book a standard summer break or package holiday, more and more of our customers are making a major festival abroad the focus of one of their 2010 holidays.”        

The "Hollywood of the Middle East" is celebrated at the 34th International Cairo Film Festival in October. With premieres of local films, tributes to leading directors and actors, it is a great event to take in on an Egypt holiday.

Super-low flight prices from mean that hitting the world's best festivals this year doesn't have to break the bank. As Saint confirms, “With one-way flights to Europe from just £6 and a range of extremely cheap holidays on tap, this year's superb range of festivals are more affordable for everyone, whatever their budget”

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