Music is not a thing it is a way. But the question of what that way is sometimes, where it goes, and how to best follow it is something music lovers get scrambled in for ages. While you still have your youth, health and slightly questionable sanity, your compass should head for the open road. This nifty guide includes the festivals not getting enough spotlight, and they all have only one thing in common: a whole lotta great music.


France: Beauregard Festival

A fictional character, religious leader, or a variety of sweet potato? The name Beauregard has done the rounds, but from July 3rd - July 5th Beauregard Festival is the only one worth caring about. A measly 45-minute drive from Deuville airport, you'll find 23 hectares of meadows, two stages and one un-missable opportunity to spend time in the French countryside. With Mogwai, Pixies and The Smashing Pumpkins on the bill in the past, this year you have the chance to see Florence + the Machine, Sting, Cypress Hill, Alt-J and many more.


Ireland: Longitude Festival

On the 17th July, Marlay Park in Dublin will host three days of pure sonic beauty. You've got The Chemical Brothers, Wild Beasts, Caribou, Hozier and Young Fathers, with a little bit more sugarcoating from Toro Y Moi, Danny Brown and Hudson Mohawke. Snatch up a full weekend ticket for only €140.50 or a single day entry pass for €59.50, but you'd be nuts to limit yourself like that.


Scotland: Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know," Louis Armstrong, one of the most famous American Jazz singers of the 20th century has a point. Folk happens out in the forest, you rock out on the road but Jazz lives in the city. Take a detour and head over to Edinburgh's Jazz & Blues Festival stretching over nine days from July 17th - July 26th.


England: Somersault Festival

Located in North Devon (with Exeter airport just 40 mins away), Somersault Festival returns for its sophomore year. For five days from July 23- July 27th you'll get to see Laura Marling, The Staves, Bombay Bicycle Club and Angus and Julia Stone. Folk rock and acoustic has never seemed so sweet.


Netherlands: Dekmantel Festival

This year they've added two new festival locations to cater for a wider variety of leftfield names in electronic music. There'll be performances during the daytime at Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest) and nightly shows at Melkweg. From 30 Jul-2 Aug, for €123, you'll get to see Autechre, Madlib, Four Tet and Squarepusher.


All of these festivals are easy accessible (and affordable) via our friends at Flybe. Go have some fun. This post was sponsored by Flybe.