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Not only is the mainstream scene in its rudest health in years, it's also more diverse than ever and guitar-fans are spoilt for choice. We felt it was important to stick our oar in and highlight our top five picks for the 2010 festival season.
A relative new-comer, Latitude has fast-established itself as the event for more discerning festival-goers and it now has a great reputation, both for its unique atmosphere (one stage hosts gigs in the woods) and for its colourful sheep.
All this would be worth diddley squat without great tunes and fortunately the festival has them too. For guitarists that aren't metal fans, it's a great alternative to the larger, heavier festivals and so far Vampire Weekend, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The National and Grizzly Bear are all scheduled for the weekend's bigger slots.
Acoustic fans will be served well too and Latitude looks like it will provide a good summary of the UK's healthy folk scene, with sets from Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Noah & The Whale all ready to go off with typical foot-stomping, acoustic panache.