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Top 10 Most Expected Music Events in 2016

Top 10 Most Expected Music Events in 2016

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”

―Bob Marley

Think about the pulsating beams of lights through the crowd with fans singing in harmony; music events are bliss. As much as you enjoy listening to music on your phone or on a music player, going to a music event will cause an adrenaline rush to pass through your body.

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Many people consider going to a music event once in their life to see their favorite artist or a band playing and why shouldn’t they? You add golden memories in the pages of your lives, get to enjoy with your friends and family, and find stories to rejoice with your sons and grandchildren in the days to come.

Take a break from your work and get ready to enjoy the moment in your life as you plan to go to any of these top 10 most expected music events in 2016.

1. South By South West — Austin, TX (March 15–20)

Set to happen in the musical serenity in Texas this March, South By South West is a hipster festival that attracts music lovers from all over the world. A place to jam and uncover new raw talents, SXSW has been known to be one of the most rocking music events in the United States—remember Lady Gaga performing in 2014? This event is valued so highly that even President Barack Obama is planning for it.

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2. Ultra Music Festival — Miami, FL (March 18–20)

Being organized in the city of parties this year in March, the Ultra is the most famous EDM festival in North America. Featuring several top artists including Avicii, David Guetta, Skrillex, and Die Antword, among others last year, the Ultra music festival is synonymous to fun and parties, of course.

3. Coachella — Indio, CA (April 15–17, April 22–24)

One of the most talked about concerts through the world, Coachella takes place in the middle of a desert and features several top artists and band performances every year. If you are a fan of rock music and fancy watching Guns N’ Roses playing, do everything you need to to get a ticket this year.

4. Beale Street — Memphis, TN (April 29–May 1)

Having featured several artists like Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Five Finger Death Punch, The Avett Brother, and The Flaming Lips among others in 2015, Beale Street festival is known for a variety of music events in one weekend. If you have scattered taste in music, this eclectic festival is what you need to attend this year.

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5. Hangout Fest — Gulf Shores, AL (May 20–22)

Music on the beach; yes, that is what Hangout Fest is all about. Set aside in the beautiful coastlines in Alabama, the Hangout Fest featured artists and bands like Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Beck, Skrillex, and Paramore among others. If you want to chill out, get drunk and enjoy wildly, get prepared for serious shredding as you set yourself to go to the Hangout fest this year in May.

6. CounterPoint Festival- Kingston Downs, GA (TBA)

Having started in 2012, CounterPoint is already considered as one of America’s best electronic festivals today. DJ music, flood lights and people dancing to the beat is what this music event is all about. Last year in 2015, The Roots, Chet Faker, iLoveMakonnen, Widespread Panic, and more performed and set the crowd on fire.

7, Sasquatch! Music Festival — George, WA (May 27–30)

A music festival that sold out in a record 90 minutes in 2013, the music event in Sasquatch! is what has several memorable musical moments. Happening for the 15th time this year at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington on Memorial Day Weekend, several artists like A$AP Rocky, The Cure, Kurt Vile, Shamir, Rudimental, and more are set to appear in 2016. So, go ahead and book a ticket to be a part of one of America’s best music event this year.

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8. Electric Daisy Carnival — Mexico City (Feb 27–28), Las Vegas (June 17–19), UK (July 9), Tokyo(July)

Taking place in four different cities in the world, the Electric Daisy Carnival went international last year. Best known for its timing that happens after the sunset until the sun rises again the next day, this music event is a blast. And if you are going to Vegas, remember, what ever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

9. Governors Ball — New York, NY (June 3–5)

The Governors Ball music festival in New York never disappoints when it comes to having top artists around the world in their lineups. Known to be synonymous to “the show must go on,” this music event features artists from every genre and see them singing in harmony with fans as they bounce and rock the stage close to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. If you loved Madonna stage-hopping or Lana Del Rey, Drake, Black Keys and more performing last year, you need to get there in June this year too.

10. Bonnaro — Manchester, TN (June 9–12)

If there’s a music festival that can go head to head against other festivals organized in the United States, it’s Bonnaro. Set outside in the open and providing the greatest camping experience you can ever have, the Bonnaro music festival is what is known to be next to “hardcore.” Get ready to sing your heart out in Tennessee for you are sure to mark this event among the best musical experience of your life.

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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