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Summer music festivals abroad

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips

Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips Credit: Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, who will be at Primavera this year (Getty)

Names like Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza might be well known to American music fans, but there's nothing quite like festival season overseas. From England to Japan, summer music fests bring together the best of world music under the stars and give tourists yet another reason to take a week off from work. Here are five international music festivals worth the ticket price and airfare:

Primavera Sound
Barcelona, Spain; May 26-28; Tickets: $250 (all ticket prices approximate); Airfare: from $564 (all fares round trip)

Held at the beautiful Parc del Forum on the coast of the Iberian Sea, Primavera has featured worldwide superstars since 2001.

Featuring: The Flaming Lips, the National, Pulp

Reason to go: Primavera will be the first appearance by Pulp since the band's "hiatus" started in 2002.

Where to stay: The five-star Hotel Bagues is steps from the Museum of Contemporary Art and Barcelona's Gothic Quarter.

What to do: Europe's soccer-club championship will be held May 28 in London, but it's likely that FC Barcelona will be in it. If so, find any cafe in the city with a TV and get a glimpse of true sporting passion.

Glastonbury Festival
June 23-28; Pilton, Somerset, England; Tickets: $326; Airfare: from $929

This trendy fest is annually attended by a fair amount of celebrities in the crowd in addition to those onstage.

Featuring: U2, Coldplay, Beyonce, Janelle Monae

Reason to go: U2 was supposed to headline last year, before Bono ended up in traction.

Where to stay: Camping on-site is the way to go here, especially with the availability of the "myhab" - essentially two-person recycled-plastic waterproof tents that come with a double bed and a lockable box.

What to do: Nearby Bristol is the home base for much of England's trip-hop culture. Check out the venues where Tricky, Massive Attack and others got their start.

Roskilde Festival
June 30-July 3; Roskilde, Denmark; Tickets: $332; Airfare: from $1,045

2011 is the 40th anniversary of the first Roskilde Festival, organized by a couple of high-school students in 1971. More than 110,000 people participated in last year's show.

Featuring: Kings of Leon, M.I.A., Big Boi

Reason to go: Does Big Boi translate well into Danish? Only one way to find out.

Where to stay: Hotel Prindsen is affordable and clean - and you shouldn't need more than that anyway.

What to do: Roskilde is home to the Viking Ship Museum, where visitors can inspect five different restored Viking ships and learn about the building process.

Exit Festival
July 7-10; Novi Sad, Vojvodina, Serbia; Tickets: $150; Airfare: from $1,178

Established in 2000 as a point of rebellion for Serbian youth against the Slobodan Milosevic regime, Exit has blossomed into one of the biggest festivals in Eastern Europe.

Featuring: Arcade Fire, Portishead, Jamiroquai.

Reason to go: At around $150 for a four-day ticket, Exit is one of the cheaper European festivals to attend, and a cut of that money goes toward education in and around Novi Sad.

Where to stay: Hotel Leopold I is located on the bank of the Danube River just minutes from the festival site.

What to do: When not at the show, tour the Petrovaradin Fortress, which played a central role in the Austrian-Turkish wars of the 17th century.

Fuji Rock Festival
July 29-31; Naeba Ski Resort, Japan; Tickets: $456; Airfare: from $965

Despite being more than 150 miles away from Mount Fuji, the biggest rock festival in Japan kept its name after moving to Naeba in 1999. It is best known for the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing through a typhoon in 1997 during the inaugural edition.

Featuring: Coldplay, Beach House, Widespread Panic

Reason to go: Support the Japanese economy with your tourist dollars.

Where to stay: It will be too warm to ski, but the Naeba Prince Hotel at the base of the resort provides concertgoers with plenty of activities.

What to do: The remote Sado Island was once a place of banishment. These days, it's a tourist destination thanks to its beauty and artistic history.

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