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The Christmas period is an exciting time. This isn’t solely due to the festive season, the office parties, always having a box of Celebrations within arms reach, or the constant supply of Premier League action, although all of that is great.

But as we enter December two things happen. One, the quality of movie being released improves tenfold, with the impending awards season, and more importantly festivals begin ramping up the excitement for the upcoming summer by dropping headliners left, right, and centre.

We’ll be looking at different artists playing across Europe as they get announced, but having watched Queens Of The Stone Age this past weekend at the Manchester Arena, they will be a band to watch this summer. Festival decisions are likely to be made off the back of where they are confirmed.

Fortunately, with the release of their recent album “Villians”, they will be all over Europe this coming summer. Which gives us plenty of option, and plenty of festivals to look at.

So this is where we’ll start, and we’ll preview a few festivals in which they will in attendance.

NOS Alive 2018 – Lisbon – 12th to 14th July

3 day ticket: €149 + €19 (camping)

With Lisbon only a 6 hour drive from Gibraltar, NOS is certainly one of the most accessible festivals. The return journey can be somewhat torturous if your body is carrying the weight of the night before, but in terms of ease and value NOS is superb.

The campsite is an actual campsite for a start, what that simply means is that this is not a makeshift site built over an inhabitable wasteland, making anything more than an hour of sleep impossible, but what you would expect if you were to go on a family trip. Showers, toilets, swimming pool, BBQ area, shade. The campsite is directly across from a shopping centre, so you can stock up on your food, drink, etc. With the campsite providing constant shuttles services to a from the arena, it’s a must for a festival on a budget.

Only Queens Of the Stone Age, and The National have been confirmed thus far, but NOS has a habit of rattling off some impressive headliners. With Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Stone Roses, Green Day, all headlining over recent years, you can always expect NOS to impress.

Mad Cool Festival – Madrid – 12th to 14th July

3 Day Ticket – €140 

Mad Cool recently announced they were moving to a different venue in Madrid, due to the fast growth of the event, they are expanding from 5 to 7 stages for this coming summer. It’s certainly a festival with plenty of ambition as they showed last year with Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, and Green Day as headliners.

Already naming several bands for this summer, they look set to bring more quality, and more variety those in attendance. With Queens Of The Stone Age, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Justice, MGMT, Massive Attack, and more, already confirmed, they are bringing a good blend of variety to the event.

Camping details are vague at the moment, more details will be undoubtedly be released over the next few months. Plus their are other options with this festival being held in such a large city, Airbnb is an option, and hotels will still be relatively cheap to book early.

Finsbury Park

Ticket Price: £52

Or if you just fancy the day trip, a one day festival in London’s Finsbury Park was announced yesterday. With some solid support in Iggy Pop, Run The Jewels, and The Hives, it promises to be a great day out.

Even more so if you are one of the fans in attendance for Fridays Liam Gallagher at Finsbury park, and are looking for a reason to keep that weekend going.

Tickets will be going on sale next Friday, and are sure to be a sell out, so get there quick.