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20 Greatest Outdoor Music Festivals You Should Experience Now

20 Greatest Outdoor Music Festivals You Should Experience Now

Summer is a time for enjoying the beach, bonfires, and travels. However, for some of us, the season will also include partaking in one or even two outdoor music festivals. Due to the cost, duration, and distance from home, many individuals look to make an outdoor music festival a week-long event. Today, we will take a look at 20 outdoor music festivals from around the world and why they are too special for you to miss out on this year, or next.

1. Donauinselfest, Austria

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    This free Austrian outdoor festival is held every June in Vienna. The concert is free and is a hit for both music lovers as well as foodies with their various selection of international food options. This year, the festival was June 27–29 and included Macy Gray, Rita Ora, and The Commodores, among other artists. Book it in for next year!

    2. Tomorrowland, Belgium

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      In Boom, Belgium, Tomorrowland is an annual music festival held July 26–28 that many have deemed to be one of, if not the, best dance parties one can go to. It’s infamous and has a fairy theme that seems to be out of this world. This year, the lineup will include AfroJack, Krewella, and Tiesto, just to name a few.

      3. Spring Wave, Taiwan

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        Spring Wave is one of the most popular music festivals in not only Taiwan but most of Asia. This festival stands out to us because it doesn’t focus on artists that are popular throughout the world, it focuses on those popular in the region. This gives them a great stage to entertain their fans. This year the festival ran April 4–5 and included acts like Mandopop, S.H.E, and many others.

        4. Glastonbury, Great Britain

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          Held June 21–23 in the city of the festival’s namesake in England, Glastonbury is a music festival that’s different from the rest. Along with the fact that it is in Great Britain, a country not necessarily on the music festival map, the festival size is approachable and not crowded like the others. With 2014’s festival long completed, the acts that made the festival a hit this year included Metallica, Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran, Dolly Parton, and many others.

          5. Roskilde, Denmark

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            This week-long music festival, from June 29th until July 7th, is well known for the big names, including The Rolling Stones, Outkast, Stevie Wonder, and others, who all rocked the stage this year. Roskilde also includes various activities around the campsites available at the Copenhagen event. As a bonus, the activities and music you are enjoying are all for a charitable cause as well!

            6. Coachella, United States

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              One of the largest music festivals in the world, Coachella is a guaranteed great time. Coachella is a very relaxed, hippie-esque festival, that always finds a way to stay in the news each year. Coachella is infamous among music festivals and is a must on any list of great festivals to enjoy. This festival is always sold out, so save up and purchase your tickets fast.

              7. Bonnaroo, United States

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                Bonnaroo is known to be a notoriously great time! You have a varied lineup, along with a ton of activities in the sun. In Tennessee style, Bonnaroo occurs on a farm from June 13–16. The fun summer activities found at Bonnaroo include a myriad of dance parties and water-centered games and fun. This year, Bonnaroo included artists from Kanye West to Damien Marley, The Lonesome Trio to Bobby Womack.

                8. Mawazine, Morocco

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                  Mawazine is a hit festival in the city of Rabat. Internationally known artists in Arabic music, as well as artists from the United States, share the festival with up-and-coming artists in this multi-day festival. The city becomes alive even more during this time and includes individuals from all walks of life who come to enjoy what this June festival has to offer.

                  9. Lollapalooza, United States

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                    Lollapalooza used to be known as a nationwide festival. However, after finding a home in Chicago from August 1–3, the music festival has grown to include Lorde, Eminem, Vic Mensa, and Krewella among others.

                    10. Creamfields, Great Britain

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                      August 23–25 you can find one of the best dance parties in Europe with Great Britain’s Creamfields. With thousands of attendees, Creamfields has an energetic line up that includes the likes of Avicii, Afrojack, Karma Kid, and others.

                      11. Bumbershoot, United States

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                        This end-of-summer music festival in Seattle allows attendees to rock out to Passion Pit and Jane’s Addiction, while also taking in the art that this festival also includes. From August 31st to September 2nd, this three-day festival will be a great treat to end the days of the seemingly endless summer heat.

                        12. The Burning Man, United States

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                          This music festival is infamously held in the middle of Nevada from the Monday before Labor Day until September 2nd. The end of the festival is marked with the act of the festival’s namesake: burning a giant wooden man and dog. What makes this music festival the most unique of all is that there isn’t a stage or scheduled acts. Attendees set up for the week and entertain in the form of amateur acts that visitors bring themselves.

                          13. Sonar Festival, Spain

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                            If you are a fan of electronic music, this is the music festival you need to look into attending. Held June 12–14, Sonar offers what any great music festival should: it features both big names and up-and-coming artists. This is done by allowing new names to perform the stage during the day, with the big names performing at night. The festival isn’t in some off-the-beaten-path field either. It’s held in the heart of Barcelona! This year, the festival featured artists like Massive Attack, Jameszoo, Bonobo, and hundreds of others.

                            14. The Garden Festival, Croatia

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                              The Garden Festival in Croatia lives up to its name as a relaxed and approachable music festival not drowned out by crowds. You can enjoy great tunes by the water, and enjoy great eats in the nearby town. The Garden Festival was July 2–9 including hundreds of artists, like Eddy Ramich, Eric Duncan, Tim Sweeney, and more.

                              15. Fez Festival, Morocco

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                                Held in various parts of this beautiful Moroccan city, Fez Festival of World Sacred Music includes not only spiritual Sufi and cultural artists, but also world-renowned secular artists. Held from June 13–21 this year, the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music hosted multiple artists including Coumbane Mint Ely Warakane, Zakir Hussain, and Kathem Al-Saher.

                                16. Ultra, United States

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                                  Ultra is a very well-known music festival in Miami. Hosting more than 300 artists and over 300,000 attendees, Ultra is one of the hardest music festivals to get tickets for because they sell out fast. This is for good reasons once you see the line up, which includes Steve Angello, Krewella, Solomon, MIA, and tons of others.

                                  17. Exit Festival, Serbia

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                                    This Serbian music festival features a diverse array of artists including Skrillex and Damon Albarn. The festival is also a hit because it is now combined with the Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro. This means that attendees of the 14-year-old Exit Festival can continue the fun for three more days, for a full week.

                                    18. Rock In Rio, Brazil

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                                      Rock in Rio is actually three festivals in three locations, all in one. This is because the annual festival is so large that they have expanded to also include Lisbon, Portugal, and Madrid, Spain. On even years, like this year, you’ll find the festival in Spain and Portugal. On odd years, you’ll find that Rock in Rio will be in Brazil. This year, the lineup includes David Guetta, Justin Timberlake, and many others.

                                      19. Summerfest, United States

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                                        Covering close to 75 acres, Summerfest in the American state of Wisconsin has been deemed the largest outdoor music festival yet. For 11 days, Summerfest allows attendees to enjoy acts including The Averett Brothers, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and Tom Petty, while enjoying summer-friendly activities from June 26th to July 7th.

                                        20. Sziget, Hungary

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                                          The 21-year-old festival is unique in that it not only ensures that famous names and new artists are at the same festival, it also ensures that big and growing names are on the same stage. This brings them into the scope of all Sziget attendees. The Hungarian festival is held on Lake Balaton and this year included Lily Allen, Macklemore, and many other smaller acts.

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                                          Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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