In 2007, R13 was at even more festivals than ever before.

The heavyweights were covered, like
Iron Maiden and
My Chemical Romanceat Download,
Smashing Pumpkins at Leeds,
Foo Fighters at V
Brian Wilsonat T in the Park and
Museand the
Stoneson the Isle of Wight, but we also checked out events and bands that don't get the same media attention.

We returned to Guilfest for the third year, and headed to Derby for the bigger than ever Bloodstock Open Air. As well as covering Camden Crawl, we had a nose round the much smaller, but similar in ethos event in Salford called The Sounds From the Other City Festival. We also checked out two events marking note worthy milestones, 24 years of the Rock and Blues Custom Show and the 35th anniversary of the Cambridge Strawberry Fair.

Are search for decent music in interesting places took us abroad too. One of the biggest European events is Spain's Benicassim and we went to find out why. Rock and metal needs were catered for with Hellfest in France and the Dutch festival Rosrock, plus we even found our way to the music press favourite early year hang out of South by South West in Texas: although you might not think it actual punters can go there too!

Finally our most diverse summer yet saw a guide to the world's biggest arts extravaganza: The 60th Edinburgh Festival.

Click links below for set Reviews from the likes of Download, Leeds, Isle of Wight, Guilfest and Bloodstock.

BenicassimArctic Monkeys, Muse, Iggy and the Stooges, The Hives and Kings of Leon.
Bloodstock Open AirTestament, Lacuna Coil, Arch Enemy and In Flames.
Camden CrawlBiffy Clyro, Damned, Calvin Harris, Shy Child and Frank Turner.
ConnectBeastie Boys, Primal Scream, Css and Emma Pollock.
DownloadIron Maiden, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance, Velvet Revolver, Lamb of God, Gallows, Motley Crue, Megadeth and Billy Talent.
GuilfestSupergrass, Madness, Reuben, Ordinary Boys, Zico Chain and My Vitriol
Indian SummerFlaming Lips, Wilco and Emma Pollock.
Isle of WightRolling Stones, Muse, Ash, Snow Patrol and Amy Winehouse.
LatitudeArcade Fire, The Good, The Bad and the Queen, Jarvis Cocker and CSS.
LeedsSmashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ash, Nine Inch Nails, Lostprophets, Funeral For A Friend and Jimmy Eat World.
O2 WirelessWhite Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, Satellite Party and The Thrills
Prog Power UKJon Oliva's Pain, Kamelot and Leaves' Eyes.
Rock NessCharlatans, Manic Street Preachers and El Presidente.
T in the ParkBrian Wilson, The Gossip and Reverend and the Makers.
T on the FringeInterpol, Shins and Seasick Steve
V (Staffordshire)Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers, Basement Jaxx, James, Mumm-Ra and Lily Allen

Question: how many times have you heard people banging on about how festivals are about much more than just the music?

Lots, so have we!

So because festivals are about so much more than bla bla bla, get further coverage of some of those listed above, plus more that weren't including Hellfest and Rosrock from Europe, SxSW in Texas and our first visit to Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

Bloodstock Open Air
Cambridge Strawberry Fair
Camden Crawl
Edinburgh Fringe
Hellfest (France)
Isle of Wight
Indian Summer
O2 Wireless
Prog Power UK
Rock and Blues
Rock Ness
Rosrock (Holland)
Sounds From the Other City
South By South West (Texas)
T in the Park
V (Staffordshire)

Festival Schedule for the Rest of 2007:

Loopallu: taking place between Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September at Ullapool, Ross and Cromarty, Scotland.
Appearing: Franz Ferdinand, The Bees, Tiny Dancers, Saw Doctors, Dreadzone and more.

Truck Festival (rescheduled): after the rain did for it in July, it now takes place Saturday 22 September until Sunday 23 September at Steventon, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
Appearing: Idlewild, Brakes, Winnebago Deal, Emma Pollock, SixNationState, Frank Turner and more.

Damnation Festival: takes place Saturday 20 October at the new location of Leeds Metropolitan University.
Appearing: Kreator, Amen, Kataklysm, Raging Speedhorn, 1349, Orange Goblin, Devil Sold His Soul, Panic Cell and more.

Hard Rock Hell presents The Winter Ball: takes place Friday 9 November until Sunday 11 November at Butlins in Minehead, Somerset.
Appearing: Cradle of Filth, My Dying Bride, Saxon, Tesla, McQueen, Three Inches of Blood, Finntroll and more.

Big Reunion Twisted Circus: happens over two weekends at the end of November, Friday 23 to Sunday 25, and Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December. The location: another Butlins, this time Skegness.
Appearing: The View, The Twang, We Are Scientists, CSS, The Enemy, Forward Russia, Blood Red Shoes, Rumble Strips and more.

All Tomorrow's Parties Nightmare Before Christmas: takes place Friday 7 to Sunday 9 December at Butlins Minehead
Appearing: porticehead, Aphex Twin, The Horrors, Julian Cope, Sparklehorse, Seasick Steve, Ladytron, Malcolm Middleton and more.