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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.

                                          Featured photo credit: FestHeads via news.festheads.com

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                                          Published on November 14, 2018

                                          Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                          Why You Suffer from Constant Fatigue and How to Deal with It

                                          With our busy, always on lives, it seems that more and more of us are facing constant tiredness and fatigue on a regular basis.

                                          For many people, they just take this in their stride as part of modern life, but for others the impact can be crippling and can have a serious effect on their sense of wellbeing, health and productivity.

                                          In this article, I’ll share some of the most common causes of constant tiredness and fatigue and give you some guidance and action steps you can take to overcome some of the symptoms of fatigue.

                                          Why Am I Feeling Fatigued?

                                          Fatigue is extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness.  It is a reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.[1]

                                          It can affect anyone, and most adults will experience fatigue at some point in their life. 

                                          For many people, fatigue is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing issues rather than an underlying medical condition.

                                          Although fatigue is sometimes described as tiredness, it is different to just feeling tired or sleepy. Everyone feels tired at some point, but this is usually resolved with a nap or a few nights of good sleep. Someone who is sleepy may also feel temporarily refreshed after exercising. If you are getting enough sleep, good nutrition and exercising regularly but still find it hard to perform, concentrate or be motivated at your normal levels, you may be experiencing a level of fatigue that needs further investigation. 

                                          Symptoms of Fatigue

                                          Fatigue can cause a vast range of physical, mental and emotional symptoms including:

                                          • chronic tiredness, exhaustion or sleepiness
                                          • mental blocks
                                          • lack of motivation
                                          • headache
                                          • dizziness
                                          • muscle weakness
                                          • slowed reflexes and responses
                                          • impaired decision-making and judgement
                                          • moodiness, such as irritability
                                          • impaired hand-to-eye coordination
                                          • reduced immune system function
                                          • blurry vision
                                          • short-term memory problems
                                          • poor concentration
                                          • reduced ability to pay attention to the situation at hand

                                          Causes of Fatigue

                                          The wide range of causes that can trigger fatigue include:

                                          • Medical causes: Constant exhaustion, tiredness and fatigue may be a sign of an underlying illness, such as a thyroid disorder, heart disease, anemia or diabetes.
                                          • Lifestyle-related causes: Being overweight and a lack of regular exercise can lead to feelings of fatigue.  Lack of sleep and overcommitting can also create feelings of excessive tiredness and fatigue.
                                          • Workplace-related causes: Workplace and financial stress in a variety of forms can lead to feelings of fatigue.
                                          • Emotional concerns and stress: Fatigue is a common symptom of mental health problems, such as depression and grief, and may be accompanied by other signs and symptoms, including irritability and lack of motivation.

                                          Fatigue can also be caused by a number of factors working in combination.

                                          Medical Causes of Fatigue

                                          If you have made lifestyle changes to increase your energy and still feel exhausted and fatigued, it may be time to seek guidance from your doctor.

                                          Here are a few examples of illnesses that can cause ongoing fatigue. Seek medical advice if you suspect you have a health problem:

                                          Anemia

                                          Anemia is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to the body’s tissues. It is a common cause of fatigue in women.

                                          Having anemia may make you feel tired and weak.

                                          There are many forms of anemia, each with its own cause. Anemia can be temporary or long term, and it can range from mild to severe.[2]

                                          Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

                                          Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition that can cause persistent, unexplained fatigue that interferes with daily activities for more than six months.

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                                          This is a chronic condition with no one-size-fits-all treatment, but lifestyle changes can often help ease some symptoms of fatigue.[3]

                                          Diabetes

                                          Diabetes can cause fatigue with either high or low blood sugars. When your sugars are high, they remain in the bloodstream instead of being used for energy, which makes you feel fatigued. Low blood sugar (glucose) means you may not have enough fuel for energy, also causing fatigue.[4]

                                          Sleep Apnea

                                          Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where sufferers briefly stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Most people are not aware this is happening, but it can cause loud snoring, and daytime fatigue.

                                          Being overweight, smoking, and drinking alcohol can all worsen the symptoms of sleep apnea.[5]

                                          Thyroid disease

                                          An underactive thyroid gland means you have too little thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body. This makes you feel tired and you could also put on weight and have aching muscles and dry skin.[6]

                                          Common lifestyle factors that can cause fatigue include:

                                          • Lack of sleep
                                          • Too much sleep 
                                          • Alcohol and drugs 
                                          • Sleep disturbances 
                                          • Lack of regular exercise and sedentary behaviour 
                                          • Poor diet 

                                          Common workplace issues that can cause fatigue include:

                                          • Shift work: Our body is designed to sleep during the night. A shift worker may confuse their circadian clock by working when their body is programmed to be asleep.
                                          • Poor workplace practices: This may include long work hours, hard physical labour, irregular working hours (such as rotating shifts), a stressful work environment, boredom or working alone. 
                                          • Workplace stress – This can be caused by a wide range of factors including job dissatisfaction, heavy workload, conflicts with bosses or colleagues, bullying, or threats to job security.
                                          • Burnout: This could be striving too hard on one area of your life while neglecting others, which leads to a life that feels out of balance.

                                          Psychological Causes of Fatigue

                                          Psychological factors are present in many cases of extreme tiredness and fatigue.  These may include:

                                          • Depression: Depression is characterised by severe and prolonged feelings of sadness, dejection and hopelessness. People who are depressed commonly experience chronic fatigue.
                                          • Anxiety and stress: Someone who is constantly anxious or stressed keeps their body in overdrive. The constant flooding of adrenaline exhausts the body, and fatigue sets in.
                                          • Grief: Losing a loved one causes a wide range of emotions including shock, guilt, depression, despair and loneliness.

                                          How to Tackle Constant Fatigue

                                          Here are 12 ways you can start tackling the causes of fatigue and start feeling more energetic.

                                          1. Tell The Truth

                                          Some people can numb themselves to the fact that they are overtired or fatigued all the time. In the long run, this won’t help you.

                                          To give you the best chance to overcome or eliminate fatigue, you must diagnose and tell the truth about the things that are draining your energy, making you tired or causing constant fatigue.

                                          Once you’re honest with yourself about the activities you’re doing in your life that you find irritating, energy-draining, and make you tired on a regular basis you can make a commitment to stop doing them.

                                          The help that you need to overcome fatigue is available to you, but not until you tell the truth about it. The first person you have to sell on getting rid of the causes of fatigue is yourself.

                                          One starting point is to diagnose the symptoms. When you start feeling stressed, overtired or just not operating at your normal energy levels make a note of:

                                          • How you feel
                                          • What time of day it is
                                          • What may have contributed to your fatigue
                                          • How your mind and body reacts

                                          This analysis may help you identify, understand and then eliminate very specific causes.

                                          2. Reduce Your Commitments

                                          When we have too many things on our plate personally and professionally, we can feel overstretched, causing physical and mental fatigue.

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                                          If you have committed to things you really don’t want to do, this causes irritability and low emotional engagement. Stack these up throughout your day and week, then your stress levels will rise.

                                          When these commitments have deadlines associated with them, you may be trying to cram in far too much in a short period of time.  This creates more stress and can affect your decision making ability.

                                          Start being realistic about how much you can get done. Either reduce the commitments you have or give yourself more time to complete them in.

                                          3. Get Clear On Your Priorities

                                          If working on your list of to-do’s or goals becomes too overwhelming, start reducing and prioritizing the things that matter most.

                                          Start with prioritizing just 3 things every day. When you complete those 3 things, you’ll get a rush of energy and your confidence will grow.

                                          If you’re trying to juggle too many things and are multi-tasking, your energy levels will drop and you’ll struggle to maintain focus.

                                          Unfinished projects can make you self-critical and feel guilty which drops energy levels further, creating inaction.

                                          Make a list of your 3 MIT (Most Important Tasks) for the next day before you go to bed. This will stop you overcommitting and get you excited about what the next day can bring.

                                          4. Express More Gratitude

                                          Gratitude and confidence are heavily linked. Just being thankful for what you have and what you’ve achieved increases confidence and makes you feel more optimistic.

                                          It can help you improve your sense of wellbeing, which can bring on feelings of joy and enthusiasm.

                                          Try starting a gratitude journal or just note down 3 things you’re grateful for every day.

                                          5. Focus On Yourself

                                          Exhaustion and fatigue can arrive by focusing solely on other people’s needs all the time, rather than worrying about and focusing on what you need (and want).

                                          There are work commitments, family commitments, social commitments. You may start with the best intentions, to put in your best performance at work, to be an amazing parent and friend, to simply help others.

                                          But sometimes, we extend ourselves too much and go beyond our personal limits to help others. That’s when constant exhaustion can creep up on us.  Which can make us more fatigued.

                                          We all want to help and do our best for others, but there needs to be some balance. We also need to take some time out just for ourselves to recharge and rejuvenate.

                                          6. Set Aside Rest and Recovery Time

                                          Whether it’s a couple of hours, a day off, a mini-break or a proper holiday, time off is essential to help us recover, recharge and refocus.

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                                          Recovery time helps fend off mental fatigue and allows us to simply kick back and relax.

                                          The key here, though, is to remove ourselves from the daily challenges that bring on tiredness and fatigue. Here’s how.

                                          Can you free yourself up completely from work and personal obligations to just rest and recover?

                                          7. Take a Power Nap

                                          When you’re feeling tired or fatigued and you have the ability to take a quick 20-minute nap, it could make a big difference to your performance for the rest of the day.

                                          Napping can improve learning, memory and boost your energy levels quickly.

                                          This article on the benefit of napping is a useful place to start if you want to learn more: How a 20-Minute Nap at Work Makes You Awake and Productive the Whole Day

                                          8. Take More Exercise

                                          The simple act of introducing some form of physical activity into your day can make a huge difference. It can boost energy levels, make you feel much better about yourself and can help you avoid fatigue.

                                          Find something that fits into your life, be that walking, going to the gym, running or swimming. 

                                          The key is to ensure the exercise is regular and that you are emotionally engaged and committed to stick with it.

                                          You could also walk more which will help clear your head and shift your focus away from stressful thoughts.

                                          9. Get More Quality Sleep

                                          To avoid tiredness, exhaustion and fatigue, getting enough quality sleep matters. 

                                          Your body needs sleep to recharge.  Getting the right amount of sleep every night can improve your health, reduce stress levels and help us improve our memory and learning skills.

                                          My previous article on The Benefits of Sleep You Need to Know will give you some action steps to start improving your sleep. 

                                          10. Improve Your Diet

                                          Heavy or fatty meals can make you feel sluggish and tired, whilst some foods or eating strategies do just the opposite.

                                          Our always on lives have us reaching for sweets or other sugary snacks to give us a burst of energy to keep going. Unfortunately, that boost fades quickly which can leave you feeling depleted and wanting more.

                                          On the other hand, whole grains and healthy unsaturated fats supply the reserves you can draw on throughout the day.

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                                          To keep energy up and steady, it’s a good idea to limit refined sugar and starches.

                                          Eating small meals and healthy snacks every few hours throughout the day provides a steady supply of nutrients to body and brain. It’s also important not to skip breakfast.

                                          Eating a balanced diet helps keep your blood sugar in a normal range and prevents that sluggish feeling when your blood sugar drops.

                                          11. Manage Your Stress Levels

                                          Stress is one of the leading causes of exhaustion and fatigue, and can seriously affect your health.

                                          When you have increased levels of stress at work and at home, it’s easy to feel exhausted all the time. 

                                          Identifying the causes of stress and then tackling the problems should be a priority. 

                                          My article on How to Help Anxiety When Life is Stressing You Out shares 16 strategies you can use to overcome stress.

                                          12. Get Hydrated

                                          Sometimes we can be so busy that we forget to keep ourselves fully hydrated.

                                          Water makes up about 60 percent of your body weight and is essential in maintaining our body’s basic functions.

                                          If we don’t have enough water, it can adversely affect our mental and physical performance, which leads to tiredness and fatigue.

                                          The recommended daily amount is around two litres a day, so to stay well hydrated keep a water bottle with you as much as possible.

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          These 12 tips can help you reduce your tiredness and feeling of fatigue.  Some will work better than others as we are all different, whilst others can be incorporated together in your daily life.

                                          If you’ve tried to make positive changes to reduce fatigue and you still feel tired and exhausted, it may be time to consider making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your condition.

                                          Featured photo credit: Annie Spratt via unsplash.com

                                          Reference

                                          [1]Oxford English Dictionary: Definition of fatigue
                                          [2]NHS Choices: 10 Reasons for feeling tired
                                          [3]Verywellhealth: What is chronic fatigue syndrome
                                          [4]Everyday Health: Why does type 2 diabetes make you feel tired
                                          [5]Mayo Clinic: Sleep apnea
                                          [6]Harvard Health: The lowdown on thyroid slowdown

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