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What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

What Is a Lollapalooza Anyway?

For those of you who don’t know what Lollapalooza means, you need to check the word’s origins. In Latin, Lolla means “Big Assed”, while Palooza means “gigantic party”, so a Lollapalooza is a big-assed gigantic party, and the 2013 edition of this annual music festival is invading Chicago from August 2nd to August 4th. Unless you’re totally into music, you’d better stay away from Grant Park. For those among you who have never missed a Lollapalooza, you know the only other place you might possibly be when the ‘Palozza comes to town is the county morgue, because you’d fall dead if you couldn’t go.

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    Lollapalooza 2013 VIP ALL ACCESS!!

    Before you pop a fuse, consider this: VIP Concierge has VIP passes to the Lollapalooza 2013 throw-down. And these aren’t any VIP passes—these are the best VIP passes with total access to all the zones that are forbidden to the common festival attendee. You can even go places where you probably don’t want to be. By the numbers, all access passes give you access to hundreds of wild performances spread across a handful of massive stages.

    For this magical rock event, Hutchinson Field becomes “southpalooza,” which is taken over by two main stages. Butler Field, on the opposite end of the park, becomes “northpalooza,” which is home to two additional performance areas. Fans also cram into the newly expanded electronic music areas at Perry’s Place and gather around stages that line the area around Buckingham Fountain. Did we mention all the great museums and art exhibits that are also located in the park? Or the nightclubs that light up after the festival ends for the day? You could even head out on Lake Michigan, because the park has its own marina and boat launches, or you could pose with the dramatic bronze warriors that decorate CongressPlaza. Yep, there is a lot to do in Chicago, aside from Lollapalooza.

    No matter where you are when you’re at Grant Park, you’ll be surrounded by music and merriment—over 110 acres of music and merriment, to be exact. Good thing Grant Park has plenty of room, because more than 90,000 crazed music fans cram into the lakeside park each day. The festival is constantly breaking its own attendance records. That will show all those parents who don’t want their teenagers listening to the latest and greatest rock acts. Last year, more than 270,000 fans got to see their favorite bands perform at Lollapalooza. The crowds are huge, it’s party o’clock.

    Check out this bulleted list. (Bulleted lists make things look really impressive, don’t you think?) At this year’s fest, you could see all these bands, depending on how fast you can get from one stage to the next. There are eight stages, and you’ll need to do some serious planning to attain maximum musical saturation.

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    Friday

    • Crystal Castles

    • Disclosure

    • Queens of the Stone Age

    • Band of Horses

    • Chance the Rapper

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    • New Order

    Saturday

    • The Postal Service

    • Dada Life

    • Kendrick Lamar

    • Azelia Banks

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    • Death Grips

    • The Lumineers

    Sunday

    • Phoenix

    • Knife Party

    • Steve Angello

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    • Major Lazer

    • Beach House

    • Cat Power

    • The Cure

    Anyway, we could put many, many more bulleted lists of bands, but that takes up too much space. So before you space it out, pick up a few pairs of tickets to one of the greatest music festivals of any summer.Lollapalooza only comes around once a year, so unless you want to hear all your friends’ stories about this year’s show, don’t miss it. Then you can rain down your good times on those poor schlemiels who didn’t make the show.

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    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

    Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

    If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

    1. Breathe

    The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

    2. Loosen up

    After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

    Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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    3. Chew slowly

    Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

    Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

    Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

    4. Let go

    Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

    The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

    It’s not. Promise.

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    Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

    Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

    21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

    5. Enjoy the journey

    Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

    Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

    6. Look at the big picture

    The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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    Will this matter to me…

    • Next week?
    • Next month?
    • Next year?
    • In 10 years?

    Hint: No, it won’t.

    I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

    Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

    7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

    You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

    Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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    8. Practice patience every day

    Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

    • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
    • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
    • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

    Final thoughts

    Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

    Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

    Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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