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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 January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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