When compared to the overpriced, under-whelming line-ups filling the UK festival circuit, the offerings across mainland Europe can be rather sobering. One festival that is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the best weekends away in terms of both value and quality is Katowice, Poland's Off Festival. Set in the city in which the talent of the greatest composer of modern times, Henryk Gorecki, blossomed, the festival is now celebrating its seventh anniversary. 2012's edition was originally offered at a scandalous price of around £25, meaning that the sneaky early-bird flights (from London), accommodation and a weekend ticket would cost less than the entry fee for Leeds Festival. As it stands, there is still little difference.

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