Situated on the bank of Lake Geneva, Pully For Noise festival is an eye opener for anyone that complains at the escalating price and cost of UK festivals. Weighing in at around £100 equivalent for just over 20 artists spread across three days, with no option of camping, the pockets are only stretched further with pints at other £7 and a plate of soviet grade noodles soaring past the £10 mark. This is Switzerland of course, but it is still almost heartbreaking spending amounts that makes you long for a soggy hot-dog and a pint of watery Carling for a tenner.
With rising ticket prices, poorly maintained sites and dwindling line-up qualities at home, more and more people from the UK are heading to Europe for the festival season. Primevera, Rock Am Ring and Roskilde have long been staples of the circuit for the more travel-friendly festival goer, and more and more people are discovering smaller, boutique festivals further off the beaten track. With the future closure of ATP's summer events Off Festival may become a favoured replacement, hosting Mogwai, Polvo, Blonde Redhead and Low in 2011. France's La Route Du Rock offers a similar billing with the addition of Aphex Twin, Fleet Foxes and Okkervil River, whilst the sprawling Sziget (slightly) downsizes Glastonbury and places it on the stunning Danobe river in Hungary.
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