10 Music Festivals That You Should Go To At Least Once In Your Lifetime

10 Music Festivals That You Should Go To At Least Once In Your Lifetime

Going to music festivals is a good experience to have.
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It seems like as soon as April hits, there are music festivals starting all over the world. Music festivals, as some would say, are a way of life while others would say they are waste of money. Either way, these festivals bring in the money and culture, and in my opinion, they bring in the fun! While I can't go to every music festival because I am a broke college student, I can dream!

1. Coachella

Coachella does not actually take place in Coachella, CA despite contrary belief. It takes place in Indio, CA at the fairgrounds. However, the name 'Coachella' stems from the fact that it takes place in the Coachella Valley. This festival also features and supports the local artists so it is a nice place to listen to music and appreciate art.

2. Stagecoach

Stagecoach happens one week after Coachella in the same place, however, the music style is different. Stagecoach features all Country artists. If you are a country music fan, this is the festival to go to.

3. EDC

EDC, abbreviated for Electronic Daisy Carnival, takes place in Las Vegas. For the most part, it is a festival only about EDM music, where you can hang out with friends and just enjoy the music.

4. Rolling Loud

Rolling Loud is a rap festival that takes place in Miami, FL. In December of 2017, Rolling Loud did a festival in San Bernadino, CA and I had the blessing of going to that one but I still have not yet gone to Miami, the Home of Rolling Loud.

5. Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful is known for bringing in all kinds of music genres. This festival takes place in Las Vegas and I am hoping to be able to buy tickets to go because this lineup is fire.

6. Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza takes place in Chicago and is a 4-day festival. I'm not sure how many other festivals do 4 days worth of music but I think this festival is definitely worth the money. Lollapalooza started in 1991 and continues to thrive throughout the years bringing in artists including Green Day, Beastie Boys, Kanye West, and now the artists above.

7. Ultra

Ultra takes place in Miami and like EDC is mostly an electronic music festival. This is another festival that I hope to go to someday but for now, I will settle with watching the live streams.

8. Kaaboo

I actually never really heard about this festival until I saw a tweet about it on Twitter and since then, I've been doing research and wanting to go. Not only is it a music festival but it is also a comedy festival. You get musicians and comedians all in one place! That one place being San Diego, CA.

9. iHeartRadio

The lineup for this festival has not been released yet but it has been confirmed that Dua Lipa, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Lil Uzi Vert will be performing at the festival. The iHeartRadio Music Festival takes place in Las Vegas and is more of a pop, mainstream, "music you would hear on the radio everyday" type of festival.

10. Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits takes place in Texas and has different genres of artists perform on stage. Telling by this year's headliners, this is going to be a good and different festival. Different meaning you will not hear the same type of genre all throughout the festival.

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14 Stages Of Buying Jonas Brothers Concert Tickets As A 20-Something In 2019

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1. Finding out that they're going on tour

2. Hopefully entering your name into the lottery to get presale tickets

3. Finding out that you actually get to buy presale tickets

4. Impatiently waiting for your presale tickets by listening to their songs on repeat

5. And remembering how obsessed you used to be (definitely still are) with them

6. Trying to coordinate the squad to go to the concert with you

7. Waiting in the Ticketmaster waiting room...

8. ...And feeling super frantic/frustrated because there are about 2000 people in line in front of you

9. Actually getting into the site to buy the tickets

10. Frantically trying to find seats you can actually pay for because, let's be real, you're twenty-something and poor

11. Managing to actually get the seats you want

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Severus Snape Is The Worst, And Here's Why

Albus Severus, sweetie, I'm so sorry...

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I grew up being absolutely obsessed with the Harry Potter franchise. I read the books for the first time in second and third grade, then again in middle school, and for the third time in my last year of high school. Recently, I had a somewhat heated argument with a fellow fan of the books about Severus Snape. As I've reread the Harry Potter books, I've noticed that, although J.K. Rowling tried to give him a redemption arc, he only got worse because of it. Here's why I still think Severus Snape is the absolute worst.

His love for Lily Potter was actually really creepy. When I was younger and reading the books, I always found the fact that he held fast in his love for Lily to be very endearing, even noble. However, rereading it after going through a couple of relationships myself, I've come to realize that the way he pined over her was super creepy. It was understandable during his time at Hogwarts; he was bullied, and she was the only one who "understood" him. However, she showed zero interest, and if that didn't clue him into realizing that he should back off, her involvement with James Potter should have. She was married. He was pining after a married, happy woman. If he truly loved her, he would have realized how happy she was and backed off. Instead, he took it out on her orphan son and wallowed in bitterness and self-pity, which is creepy and extremely uncool. When a girl is kind to a boy during high school (or in this case, wizard school), it's not an open invitation for him to pine for her for the literal rest of his life and romanticizes the absolute @#$% out of her. It's just her being a decent person. Move on, Severus.

He verbally abused teenagers. One of the most shocking examples of this is in The Prisoner of Azkaban when Snape literally told Neville Longbottom that he would kill his beloved toad, Trevor if he got his Shrinking Potion wrong, and then punished him when he managed to make the potion correctly. Furthermore, poor Neville's boggart was literally Snape. The amount of emotional torture Neville must have been enduring from Snape to create this type of debilitating fear must have been almost unbearable, and even if Snape was simply trying to be a "tough" professor, there is no excuse for creating an atmosphere of hostility and fear like he did in his potions class for vulnerable students like Neville. In addition, he ruthlessly tormented Harry (the last living piece of Lily Potter, his supposed "true love," btw), and made fun of Hermione Granger's appearance. Sure, he might have had a terrible life. However, it's simply a mark of poor character to take it out on others, especially when the people you take it out on are your vulnerable students who have no power to stand up to you. Grow up.

He willingly joined a terrorist group and helped them perform genocide and reign over the wizarding world with terror tactics for a couple of decades. No explanation needed as to why this is terrible.

Despite the constant romanticization of his character, I will always see the core of Severus Snape, and that core is a bitter, slimy, genocidal, manipulative trash being. J.K. Rowling's attempt to redeem him only threw obsessive and controlling traits into the mix. Snape is the absolute worst, and romanticizing him only removes criticism of an insane man who just so happened to be capable of love (just like the vast majority of the rest of us). Thank you, next.

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