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Electronic music lovers can transfer their affections to the Spanish desert next month for what is being billed as “The Biggest Party Of The Year”. Underworld and Public Enemy are among the big names set to perform at this year's Monegros Desert Festival. The festival's 19th edition on Saturday July 20 is expected to attract 40,000 fans of electronic music of all styles.

It is easy to get to, with Madrid and Barcelona airports the best options for travellers flying from London or South-East airports. The 22-hour festival is situated in the province of Huesca between these two cities and both provide buses to the festival venue. Non-stop music, which is simultaneously played on five stages, alternates between Electro, Techno, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass and Dubstep. The event, now a major player on the Latino festival circuit, is blossoming from its origins as an underground affair organised by a group of friends.

Today there is much to offer for fans of all sorts of sounds. It has been described as the biggest electronic music festival and the biggest rave in Spain. But, whatever you call it, holidaymakers will be particularly impressed by the special fireworks display on Sunday (July 21), which closes the festival each year.

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Festival fans will be booking flights from London and other south-east airports this summer along with their tickets to one of Hungary's most iconic music dates. Blur, Dizzee Rascal and Nick Cave have all been booked to play at this year's 21st Sziget Festival (August 5-12), staged on an island in the heart of the Danube in Budapest.

The city's Budapest Airport has plenty of reliable transport links with shuttle bus transfers to most parts of the metropolis near wherever you may be staying. It is anticipated that about 380,000 people will travel to Obuda Island - now been renamed the Island of Freedom - in the capital of Budapest. The festival, which includes a cultural programme of arts, sculptures and light shows as well as live music, will this year see an added attraction. A huge Ferris wheel has been placed in Budapest's Erzsebet Square since June 7.

It is better known as the Sziget Eye, stands at 65 metres tall (213ft) and will be taken to the island in August ahead of the festival. Other fresh features for this year's festival include a beach, allowing people to swim in the Danube, and the Cirque du Sziget venue, hosting circus performers.

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The prospect of another miserable British summer has prompted a rush of holidaymakers to say enough’s enough and book an overseas break to sunnier climes.

Only last week, the Met Office said the current unsettled weather is set to continue into July, and offered little hope with its prediction that, in all likelihood, we are in for another cooler-than-average summer. In recent years Britons have veered away from the traditional booking rush in January and February, preferring to wait until the last minute to grab a bargain. The gloomy forecast has spurred a number of people into booking an overseas holiday or at least look into the best deals on flights, accommodation and airport transfers.

Traditional Mediterranean destinations are proving particularly popular, with Tenerife, Lanzarote and the Balearics receiving the most interest, along with the Algarve and Orlando, according to a holiday website. Lowcostholidays.com said searches for summer packages rose by 22% last week compared with the previous week. Bookings for Majorca were up 15% on the same week last year, while sales of trips to Malta have risen by 30%. Dubrovnik has seen the biggest surge in popularity, with bookings up by 150% on last year, but this could have something to do with its exposure in Games of Thrones as scenes from the hit TV series were filmed in the Croatian city.

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More UK tourists have been heading to the Azores for their holidays thanks to help from TV personality Ben Fogle. The adventurer and broadcaster was recruited as a tourism ambassador for the Portuguese islands as part of an advertising campaign running from January to March.

The success of the promotional scheme has seen UK visitor numbers rise by almost 15% in a year, up by 10,000. "We found that visitor traffic to the Azores' website doubled during our campaign, compared to the 2012 campaign period,” a tourism spokeswoman said. The Portuguese tourist board has focused on working closely with the UK to find out what holidaymakers from this country want from a destination. The Azores offers a range of activities for travellers to enjoy while visiting, including walking, diving, biking, religious tours and marine conservation. "The main problem has been that British people hadn't heard of the Azores, and if they had, they didn't realise they're in the Atlantic less than a four-hour flight from the UK," the spokeswoman continued.

And to make it even easier for travellers, affordable London airport transfers are available to take the hassle out of your journey. "The Azores are for people looking for experiential holidays and I see there being massive scope for that to increase,” the spokeswoman said.

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Should the summer take a turn for the worse, Brits might want to consider soothing their rain-battered souls with a week of blissed-out Jamaican sun and sounds. Billed as “the greatest reggae show on earth,” Reggae Sumfest 2013 takes place in Jamaica’s idyllic Montego Bay from July 21 to 27. Headliners at the festival are set to include Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, R&B singer Miguel, Beres Hammond, I-Octane and Barrington Levy.

This year’s festival is kicking off on July 21 with the Beach Party, and will also feature a Dancehall Night and two International Nights. First held in 1993, Reggae Sumfest has attracted some of the world’s most prestigious performers, including Usher, R Kelly, Ne-Yo, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Akon, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lionel Richie, Sean Paul and Shaggy.

Montego Bay is the fourth largest city in Jamaica and a popular tourist destination thanks to its picturesque low mountains, turquoise blue seas and stunning sandy beaches. With duty free shopping available on the city’s “hip strip”, Montego Bay is a perfect destination for all, including water sports enthusiasts, sun worshippers and reggae lovers alike, with flights available from Heathrow and Stansted. “I am really pleased with the line-up this year,” Johnny Gourzong, executive director of Summerfest Productions, said. “Barrington Levy, who we don’t see a lot of, is back on the Sumfest stage and I am really looking forward to that.”

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