10 Music Festivals You Should Know About

10 Music Festivals You Should Know About

Which one will you attend?

With Coachella happening last weekend, everyone's buzzing about music festivals in general.

Whose playing? Where's that one? What's that one called?

Music festivals are so popular, and there's so many all over the nation. Below is a list of where you can find which one is which, and what one you want to attend next.

1. Lollapalooza

Where: Grant Park, Chicago

When: First weekend in August

What: Created in 1991 by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour to his band, the 3-day festival happens annually with over 160,000 performers. With popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop, and electronic music, the festival is broadcasted live and globally on Red Bull TV. This years headliners are The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Travis Scott.

2. Firefly

Where: The Woodlands, Dover, Deleware

When: Second weekend in June

What: The 4-day festival began in 2012 produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice, taking place in the woodlands of Dover International Speedway on over 105 acres of land. With seven different stages, the festival has more of an alternative and hip-hop vibe with this years headliners including Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, and Arctic Monkeys.

3. Bonnaroo

Where: Great Sage Park, Manchester, Tennessee

When: Second Thursday/Weekend in June

What: Bonnaroo is a 4-day festival that originated in 2002, developed and produced by Superfly Presents and AC Entertainment. Taking place on a 700 acre farm in Tennessee with music genres including indie rock, classic rock, world music, hip-hop, jazz, americana, bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, reggae, pop, electronic, and alternative music. The festival began with a focus on jam bands and folk rock but has quickly expanded. Headliners this year are Eminem, Muse, and The Killers.

4. Electric Forest

Rothbury, Michigan

Last Weekend in June & First Weekend in July

What: Electric Forest originated in 2008 with the name of Rothbury Festival, it's a two weekend multi-genre festival with a focus on electronic and jam band genres. Held at the Double JJ Resort and is co-produced by Madison House Presents and Insomniac Events. Performers this year include Galantis and Lil Dicky.

5. Governors Ball

Where: Randall's Island, New York City

When: First Weekend in June

What: A 3-day festival with music genres of rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, americana, pop, folk, and others launched in 2011. It's produced by Founders Entertainment, who also produce the festival The Meadows. Headliners this year include Jack White, Travis Scott, and Eminem.

6. Rolling Loud

Where: Miami Gardens, Florida

When: May 11-13

What: A 3-day festival that began in Miami, that is now known as the World's largest Hip-Hop festival. Headliners this year include J. Cole, Travis Scott, and Future with other performances from Tory Lanez, Russ, Post Malone, Cardi B, and many more. They've booked some of hip-hops biggest names in the past.

7. Ultra

Where: Bayfront Park, Miami, Florida

When: March 29-31

What: Founded in 1999 by Russel Faibisch and Alex Omes, the 3-day festival is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra. With 7 stages, the festival is electronic genre based that takes place in other areas all over the globe.

8. Outside Lands

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

When: 2nd Weekend of August

What: Originating in late August of 2008, the music and art's festival was founded by Superfly Presents, Another Planet Entertainment, and Starr Hill Presents. Genres played include indie rock, alternative rock, hip-hip, and electronic. This years headliners are The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, and Janet Jackson.

9. Hangout

Where: Gulf Shores, Alabama

When: Third Weekend in May

What: A 3-day festival produced by Sean O'Connell in partnership with Goldenvoice with genres including rock, indie, hip-hop, and electronic music. It began in 2009 and has run until the present. This year's headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Halsey, SZA, Zedd, and many others.

10. Coachella

Where: Indio, California

When: 2 Consecutive Weekends in April

What: Co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999 and organized by GoldenVoice, Coachella may be the most recognized music festival out there. The festival has genres of rock, indie, hip-hop, and electronic music as well as art pieces and sculptures, with several stages. Coachella is one of the most famous, largest, and profitable music festivals in the United States and across the globe. This years headliners include The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Eminem.

So, which one will you be at?

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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To Percy Jackson, I Hope You're Well...

Percy Jackson and the Olympians and the Heroes of Olympus are both series which helped shape my life. I want to share my love for them here, with you.


Two days before I moved from New Jersey to California, I had a late night at a friend's house. Just a few miles outside of my small town of Morris Plains, his house was out of the way and a safe haven for myself and my mother during a harrowing and strenuous move. My father had been across the country already for almost two months trying to hold down his new job and prove himself. His absence was trying on me (at the tender young age of nine years old) and my mother, and we often spent time at my friend's home, as our mothers got along well.

That night came the time to say goodbye for the very last time, and as our mothers were tearfully embracing at the door, he ran up to me and shoved a book in my hands. Bewildered and confused, I tried to give him my thanks but he was already gone - running away in a childish fit that expressed his hurt at my leaving more than any words he could've said. I looked down at the book in my hands. It was a battered copy of Rick Riordan's "The Lightning Thief," with its binding bulging slightly out in a strange fashion, the cover slightly torn and bent, and quite a few pages dog-eared. The book wasn't in good condition, but I took the time to read it. I was ensnared and enchanted by the lurid descriptions of mythology, of the lovable characters of Percy, Annabeth, and Grover, and the upside-down world they lived in. Over the course of the move and our eventual settling into our new California home, I devoured the series adamantly, reading "The Battle of the Labyrinth" almost five times in the fifth grade and eventually finishing out with "The Last Olympian." The series accompanied me through a difficult move and a whirlwhind of early puberty; by that time, Percy and friends I knew intimately as my own companions. When the series ended, I happily parted with it, and began other literary conquests (namely in the realm of classics).

After an almost year-long break, I re-discovered the series in sixth grade. I hadn't realized that there was a companion series to the first, in fact, a continuation - The Heroes of Olympus. I lapped up "The Lost Hero" and "The Son of Neptune" with greed, and eagerly awaited the arrival of "The Mark of Athena" the following year.

One of my most vivid memories of middle school was sneaking downstairs the morning of the Kindle release of "The Mark of Athena", sneaking past my parents' bedroom as stealthily as I could in the wee hours of the morning to get my kindle and immerse myself in the world. I believe I finished it in about two days. For the next two books in the series, I followed the same pattern: get up early, read it as fast as I could get my hands on it. "The Blood of Olympus", the last book in the series, came out in my freshman year of high school. After finishing the second series, I shelved my much-loved paperbacks for good, and turned myself to other literary pursuits. I eventually relocated to Virginia, and went to college. Percy and friends were almost forgotten until my first year at the University of Virginia.

I was devastatingly alone my first semester at university. I didn't know what to do with myself, entombed by my loneliness. However, at the bottom of my suitcase, I found my old Kindle Paperwhite, with both of Percy's series neatly installed for me. I made a resolution with myself: I would reread both series, reading only at mealtimes where I sat alone. By the time I was finished, I wanted to see where I was compared to when I started.

Re-reading the series was like coming home. It was nostalgia, sadness, and ecstasy wrapped into one. I delighted in revisiting Percy's old haunts, his friends, his challenges. However, it was sad, knowing I had grown up and left them behind while they had stayed the same. It was a riveting memory train which made me look forward to meals, and eased my loneliness at school. Gradually, as the semester progressed, I was reading on Percy's tales less and less, as I found my friends, clubs, and organizations that gradually took up more and more time.

I still haven't finished my re-read, and am about halfway through "The Blood of Olympus". I've come a long way in the almost decade since I first received that tattered copy of "The Lightning Thief", and I still have some ways to go. So thanks, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Nico, Frank, Hazel, Leo. Thank you for growing up with me. I'll never forget you.


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