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There are few countries in the world that have embraced the concept of the music festival as readily as the British. Come sun, wind or, increasingly, rain and mud thousands of people across the land can be found spending their summer weekends under canvas by night and in front of stacks of speakers by day.
The reason for such behaviour? Simply the choice of music festival on offer across the UK. There are the big guns, drawing music's most famous names, such as Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight and the more bijou gatherings such as the Big Chill, Latitude and Secret Garden. All of which means there is something for everyone - whether a jazz lover, rock 'n' roller or devotee of Polynesian note flute music.
Maybe it's a curious quirk of the British spirit that such a quantity and diversity of events exist in a country whose weather is so ill-suited to staging them. But perhaps it's for that very reason that music festivals in the British Isles have an atmosphere of fun, spontaneity and excitement unrivalled anywhere else.