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June 27, 2014

waking up on Glastonbuy farm this morning, stuck to their own sleeping bag, inside a tent that's hotter than the sun, to the smell of Cuppa Soups and Sainsbury's basic curry noodles. The summer festival season may be in full swing, but that doesn't mean you have to give up creature comforts and first-world sanitation. Organisers have been teaming up with boutique camping companies, gourmet caterers and posh portable loo providers for years, and now they've perfected the VIP festival experience. "Glampers", or glamorous campers, have never had so much choice. Here are Melissa York's most luxurious festival picks for those who appreciate live music and the finer things in life in equal measure.

The Pavilion Gardens Relax in Regency splendour with access to a salon, walkabout acts, private toilets and a Secret Emporium. From 175pp a day 19-18 July, Lovebox, Park, Hackney Victoria Dreamfields Who says raving can't be done in style? Indian rugs and wooden beds are on offer if you opt for an Emperor tent at Creamfields 621.85pp Creamfields, 22-24 August, Liverpool Camping Opt for a luxury six-berth trailer with wardrobes and a home cinema system. It'll set you back 3,895 - 20 times the cost of a normal ticket. 3,700 17-20 July, Latitude Park, Suffolk Henham Luxpads Shelter from the sweaty teenagers in a Luxpad, which includes air mattresses and 12V lights. All "pads" have toilets and showers. 750 for twin or double, 5 nights Leeds, 22-24 August, Park, Yorkshire Bramham The Wild Copse Enjoy your own spacious woodland area with private bar, decent food, boutique camping, private showers and toilets and a "pampering" area. 136pp Bestival, 4-7 September, Robin Hill Park, Isle of Wight Exotic bedouin Return from a hard day's partying to a king size bed, fresh flowers, eye masks and chocolates on your pillow. Sleeps two or four people. From 1,790 16-17 August, V Festival, & Birmingham Chelmsford The Residence Package This elaborately decorated Shikar tent comes with gourmet food and late night DJs. 979pp T in the Park, 11-13 July, Blado Airfield, Kinross

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Source: City A.M. (UK)

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