Have a glance at Facebook, Instagram or Twitter this week and you'll be forgiven for suffering a case of Coachella-envy. Feed after feed of sun-kissed photos of cool-looking people having a great time with some of the biggest artists in the world right now. No, not jealous at all.
To ease our ticketless woes, we thought it an ideal time to get together a list of ten alternative festivals, picked for their similar vibe, lineup and weather. Who needs Coachella?
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Headliners: Muse, Rihanna, David Guetta
If seriously varied lineups are your kind of thing, then Sziget is pretty much the ideal replacement. Where else would you get Muse, Rihanna and David Guetta on the same bill? What's more, Sziget is held on a river island in Budapest, making it the perfect chance to also discover one of Europe's best loved cities.
When & where: 10 – 17 August 2016, Budapest, Hungary
Headliners: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala
Arguably the world's most popular indie and alternative festival, Primavera Sound and its beachside stages have become a mecca for hipsters across Europe and beyond, hoping to see the hottest new artists and trends before anyone else.
When & where: 1 – 5 June 2016, Barcelona, Spain
Headliners: Radiohead, The Chemical Brothers, Arcade Fire
With some of Europe's best sands and surfing spots just 10 minutes away, NOS Alive plays by the mantra: "beach by day, music by night", opening its programme at 6pm each evening and running until 6am the next day for the ravers.
When & where: 7 – 9 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal
Rock en Seine
Headliners: The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Massive Attack
One of France's stand-out festivals, Rock en Seine ticks every rock and indie fans wish list with consistently comprehensive lineup. The festival also showcases a variety of artistic works and installations as part of its Rock'Art exhibition.
When & where: 26 – 28 August 2016, Paris, France
Headliners: Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bastille
Nowhere in Europe is the alternative tag more appropriate than in Germany. Famed for its thriving arts and underground music scene, MS Dockville combines both, showcasing the hottest new talent alongside more established names, all with an alternative twist.
When & where: 19 – 21 August 2016, Hamburg, Germany
Headliners: Muse, The Chemical Brothers, Kendrick Lamar
21 years on, and Benicassim continues to be one of Europe's go-to festivals for scorching heat and alternative sounds. Days are spent lounging on the beach, while nights are turned into a full-throttle party to Disclosure, The Chemical Brothers and Kendrick Lamar.
When & where: 14 – 17 July 2016, Castellón, Spain
Calvi on the Rocks
Headliners (2015): Azealia Banks, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Dixon
Matching the Coachella vibe stride for stride is Calvi on the Rocks. Held on the picturesque coast of Corsica, Calvi has become the place to be seen, sipping cocktails, kicking back, and enjoying the carefully curated lineup.
When & where: 8 – 13 July 2016, Corsica, France
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Headliners: Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Major Lazer
The European twin to the infamous Chicago festival, Lollapalooza Berlin's wide-spanning lineup will go from Radiohead to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike in 2016, helping to turn it into a global superstar in its own right.
When & where: 10 – 11 September 2016, Berlin, Germany
Super Bock Super Rock
Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, Disclosure, Iggy Pop
Revelling in the coastal urban sprawl of one of Europe's most beautiful cities, Super Bock's creative staging, chilled atmosphere and consistently top lineups put it at the forefront of Europe's alternative scene.
When & where: 14 – 16 July 2016, Lisbon, Portugal
Way Out West
Headliners: The Last Shadow Puppets, Skepta, M83
Imagine the same quirky innovation of Coachella but on a much more intimate scale, and you get Way Out West. The Swedish festival's varied lineup plays out amongst film screenings, art exhibitions, lectures and more, before spilling out into Gothenburg till the early morning.
When & where: 11 – 13 August 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden