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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 November 11, 2019

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                          Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                          To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                          Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                          1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                          Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                          Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                          To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                          2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                          Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                          If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                          Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                          3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                          Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                          Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                          4. Feed Your Brain

                                          Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                          This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                          Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                          Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                          5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                          According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                          Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                          Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                          6. Write it Down

                                          If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                          It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                          You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                          7. Listen to Music

                                          Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                          8. Visual Concepts

                                          In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                          Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                          Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                          9. Teach Someone Else

                                          Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                          Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                          10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                          Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                          So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                          Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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