Amid Britain's castles, parks and farms, British fans revel in an endless summer of music.
Decades before American music fans flocked to Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the United Kingdom already boasted a thriving and diverse festival scene, one that has only increased in size, scope and ambition in recent years.
This summer there are more than 500 different music festivals scheduled across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, ranging from family-run events to the granddaddy of them all -- Glastonbury, now in its 33rd edition.
"We've been doing festivals here longer than a lot of other countries," says Alt-J vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton, whose band will headline the Latitude Festival on July 17. "People in the U.K. really get what they are about. We have an instinctive feeling for them -- relaxing, getting drunk, having fun and seeing bands." Beginning with Glastonbury, 10 of the best -- amid castles, parks and farms -- to consider hitting:
Glastonbury June 24-28; Pilton, Somerset
What is it? Europe's largest music and arts festival (135,000 attendance) is held in the rolling fields of the Eavis family's Worthy Farm, 130 miles west of London -- and often beset by torrential rain. Historic gigs include Orbital in 1994, Radiohead in 1997, David Bowie in 2000, Jay Z in 2008 and The Rolling Stones in 2013.
The crowd?Depending on who's on stage, expect either grizzled rock fans, hipster indie kids or hyper-excited pop tweens.
Where should I stay?The Dorchester overlooks Hyde Park and exudes luxury with rooms starting at £655 ($980).
Where can I eat one good meal?Head to Burger & Lobster in nearby Mayfair, where -- like the New York branch -- you can dine on a burger or lobster, both served with a substantial salad and fries, for £20 ($30).
Celebrity sightings?Kelly Osbourne, Jennifer Lopez, Cara Delevingne and Florence Welch have all been spotted soaking up the backstage hospitality.
Best all-time moment?The Stones' spell-binding 2013 show took place almost 44 years to the day since the band's legendary 1969 free concert at the same venue.
The crowd?The loudest and most lively audiences in Europe. (It is Scotland after all.)
Where should I stay?Inside a Cloud House. It's basically a semi-furnished, slightly larger tent supposedly based on an ancient Persian design. Regardless, "I'm staying in a Cloud House" sounds far better than "Come back to my tent." Prices start at £1,200 ($1,800).
Where can I eat one good meal?Strathallan Castle is around 30 minutes from Perth and Stirling, where you can find a good supply of traditional Scottish grub (haggis with neeps and tatties is a local favorite). Otherwise, it's regular festival vendor food.
Celebrity sightings?In 2014 Susan Boyle watched Pharrell Williams from the side of the stage.
Best all-time moment?Brandon Flowers joining New Order to sing "Crystal" (The Killers took their name from the song's video) in 2005.
How much?£85 ($128) for a day pass; £200 ($300) for weekend camping
Who else should I see?SBTRKT, Laura Marling, National Theatre Live, George the Poet, Sadler's Wells dance company, John Cooper Clarke and the numerous sheep -- dyed multiple colors by locals -- that dot the landscape
The crowd?Sartre-quoting, 30-something culture vultures interspersed with poshly accented college kids
Where should I stay?Forgo sweating inside an under-sized nylon tent for the comfort of a pre-pitched 'podpad' or 'luxpad,' complete with decent toilets, proper showers and 24-hour security. From £495 ($750).
Where can I eat one good meal?Everything from ostrich burgers to Loch Fyne oysters are available on the grounds.
Celebrity sightings?Steve Coogan, Eddie Izzard, Vivienne Westwood and models Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe have all been spotted in previous years.
Best all-time moment?Arcade Fire's triumphant, firework-accompanied closing set of 2007's second edition of the festival.
The crowd?Long-haired teens wearing Metallica T-shirts bought from Urban Outfitters
Where should I stay?Camp -- unless you want a peaceful night's sleep. Then, find a hotel off-site. Travelodge, Holiday Inn and Ibis offer cheap rooms in both Reading and Leeds starting at £29 ($45) per night.
Celebrity sightings?If Carey Mulligan doesn't accompany Marcus Mumford, there's generally a handful of British TV Z-listers milling about backstage.
Best all-time moment?Kurt Cobain, as a prank, onstage in a wheelchair at Reading in 1992 for Nirvana's final U.K. appearance.