13 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Music Festival Once In Your Life

13 Reasons Why You Should Attend A Music Festival Once In Your Life

Don't just take it from me, learn from the festival goers that live for these moments.

From Bonnaroo to Governor's Ball, Firefly to Lollapalooza, Coachella to Austin City Limits, the long list of music festivals around the United States seems to never end. And in every music festival there are hidden treasures, unforgettable memories, and unbelievable artists that festival goers get the amazing opportunity to experience.

But these festivals are much more than a killer lineup or an outstanding headliner. For some people, this is their precious home away from home, their happy place, or the one thing they look forward to each and every year.

Whether you're a music fanatic or someone just looking for a new form of vacation, a music festival is something everyone should witness and experience at least once in their life because the atmosphere, people, and positive vibes are sometimes indescribable.

To help paint the picture of special music festival experiences I talked to some festival goers from a couple of different festivals to show how it's much more than just a giant concert, it's a life-changing atmosphere.

1. Danielle Vega: Fourth Festival

"You should experience a festival at least once in your life because of the atmosphere, the care free spirits everywhere. Even the people who are working are happy to be there and help you. Your [camping] neighbors will become your friends. You will see shows so spectacular that you wouldn't be able to just by going to a concert. There is a sense of family that is found in festival life and it's uplifting, it's something to look forward to."

"My girlfriend and I walked around with this on Friday at Firefly and the amount of love we received was so heart warming and the people who wanted to share their stories. It felt so welcoming."

2. KiKi Kay: Third Firefly Festival

"Everyone should experience a music festival because when you walk through the gates, it feels like you're coming home. The vibe is just perfect and you feel free."

3. Jim Margist:

"Me and my son go to festivals to get away from the daily distractions that consume our lives and just be friends and live in the music weather. It's him standing next to me at Tom Petty realizing he knew every song, or when we go and see Run The Jewels and go crazy in the pit. For those few short days it's not about what type of music you like it's just about living in the music."

4. Michael Simons:

"Because you need to either get over your fear of crowds... or develop such a fear!"

5. Adam Collins: Sixth Year at Bonnaroo

"All of life's problems seem to disappear while I'm at Bonnaroo."

6. Matthew Halliwell: Firefly

"The best reason I could give is that my entire life, I've never 'understood' techno, or EDM music at all. I've been strictly a rock/alternative fan. Prior to coming to Firefly this year, I listened to some of Porter Robinson's music, and although I thought it was better than most other EDM music, I still had no interest in seeing him. My friends talked me into going to his set, and within the first 5 minutes I 'got it.' It all clicked to me why people love this kind of music. I felt emotion while listening and watching everyone. Still to this day when I hear his songs, I get the chills. It was truly a fantastic experience and changed the way I will view music for the rest of my life."

7. Paige Ringger: First Year Electric Forest

"Going to sleep after the sun rose and waking up in a 90 degree tent was the cherry on top of the sundae called Electric Forest. I was amazed when I first walked into Sherwood Forest. The beautiful architecture and decor that paints the forest is wondrous. There are so many things to do, and so many people to meet. Everyone is happy and the energy is unmatched to any other music festival I've been to. The food is amazing and the multiple stages always provide something to dance your heart out to. You think it can't get any better, and then night falls. The Forest at night is a whole new world that I could not have imagined. The same beautiful architecture and decor transforms with lights and sounds to blow your mind and teleport you to a whole different place."

8. Von Hendrick: Fifth Year at Bonnaroo

"It is that feeling of peace. The only time it feels like that everyone is attending a festival and looking out for one another. No fights or arguments, just everyone spreading and radiating positivity. Bonnaroo is that one time a year, that you feel like you belong and your support group is every single person with you on the Farm."

9. Kyle Bindas: First Bonnaroo Experience

"Just the bonds in general with random people. Like our camping neighbors at Bonnaroo for example, we hit it off instantly. Like literally while we were unpacking our cars we started talking. Every day we'd talk about what bands we were going to see and our thoughts about the festival. I don't remember hhow we left our phone numbers, I think we left a note telling them they were cool neighbors, but later in the week we got a really long text from them telling us to stay positive in the world and take Bonnaroo vibes with us wherever we go. Overall, just be nice to random people and maybe the world can be more like Bonnaroo."

10. Lelia Cotton: Third Year at Bonnaroo

"The 359 days that I am not at Bonnaroo are spent thinking about Bonnaroo. Music is a universal language that has the ability to trigger physiological changes in the body. I can dance fearlessly while witnessing musical acts that physically make my cheeks warm and skin tingle. In its various forms, music unites humans in a unique way because 90,000 strangers suddenly feel like family and I can let every facet of my personality be present without judgment. It's that brief break from my corporate costume that I need to get through the rest of the year."

11. Tayler Doubblestein: Okeechobee Festival

"What I say to people when they ask me what my favorite part is I usually say, it's a once in a lifetime experience each festival you go to. There's always new things to experience and it really is like a huge family atmosphere. You meet some of the most amazing people you probably wouldn't meet anywhere else. And you get to listen to some pretty awesome music at the same time. It's definitely an experience hard to explain but once you experience it, it all makes sense, and you'll wonder why it took you so long to do so!"

12. Michelle Urbano: First Bonnaroo Experience

"My first year at Bonnaroo, I experienced what it felt like (for the first time in my entire life) to have peace of mind. I did not feel judged and I did not judge myself. On the Saturday morning I realized that the voice in my head had finally quieted itself. It had nothing negative left to say. I came into myself and accepted myself and loved myself and it changed my life forever."

13. Jenelle Gondek: Austin City Limits

"Austin City Limits is usually a non-traditional lineup if you're looking to explore some new bands or discover something you've never heard before. It was incredible because I got to see some bands I would have never been able to see, and the city of Austin is awesome. Out of all the festivals I've been to, this one is different. It's more than just the music. It's the art, the environment, and the tons of flags everyone carries around and waves around from stage to stage. It's something you just have to experience to believe."

Whether you're looking for an escape or a new home, new music or new best friends, a music festival isn't just another thing on a bucket list, it is good vibe that just cannot be described or experienced anywhere else.

Share with friends, tell your own festival stories, and keep the good vibes of music festivals flowing everywhere you go.

Cover Image Credit: Lelia Cotton

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.

Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.

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18 Types Of Mini-Golfers You Come Across On An 18-Hole Course

Which type of mini-golfer are YOU?


Mini-golf: A fun activity that has been around since 1916. We have all played mini-golf before and have probably played a variety of courses over the year. The one thing you might not always realize is the players around you. Next time you go mini-golfing take a look at those playing around you and see if you can find these 18 types of players. Even see which of these mini-golfers you fit!

The professional golfer.

This is the golfer who always has to look at the hole, line up his shot every time, and takes the rules seriously such as adding a stroke when the ball goes out of bounds. I mean it's mini-golf, you don't need to line up ALL your shots.

The driver.

This is the golfer who drives the ball as if he was on an actual golf course. It's one thing if you have a power swing, but this person typically drives the ball purposefully.

The obnoxious one.

This is the golfer who is just wild and all over the place. They make such a big deal out of every play, might make irrelevant comments, etc. It's just unnecessary.

The cheerleader.

This is the person who is constantly cheering others on. Even if it's a bad play they'll say "awe, it's o.k! You still got this!"

The family with the annoying kids.

This is the family where the parents don't know how to control their kids. This is where the kids will go to the next hole before their parents, destroy some of the property, or even interfere with other people golfing.

The family that tries to act like a family.

This is the family that you can clearly see is just acting like a family. It could be as simple as a family that seems tense and is just playing together to a family where the dad and kids are playing while the mom just walks around with them filing her nails.

The group of 8+.

This is the group that holds EVERYONE up. They don't care if there are 8+ balls on one hole at a time. If you are this group, please let people behind you go ahead.

The inseparable couple.

This is the couple that is all over each other. They're constantly kissing if they aren't playing or they are taking pictures of each other.

The teenage girls.

These are the girls acting all innocent and taking selfies while playing while their parents sit near the entrance for them. It's the only thing they can do without parent supervision.

The oldie.

This is literally a grandma or grandpa who is naturally just slow. They are so adorable, but it'll take a good 2 hours to play a full 18 holes with them because of how slow they move.

The smokers.

These are the people smoking cigs or cigars while playing. Let's just hope they aren't smoking around kids and put their butts in the little buckets at each hole.

The slow pokes.

These are the golfers that just take forever. If you are a slow poke please be considerate of those behind you and let them go ahead of you.

The competitive one.

This is the one who is constantly up in your face about how they're going to win. They are the ones who can't just enjoy a game of mini-golf.

The out of bounder.

This is the golfer who constantly hits the ball out of bounds. At that rate you don't even give them a penalty stroke because they'd be up to 10+ on one hole.

The goofball.

This is the person who just acts silly. They could be the ones using a child's size putter or balancing on different rocks or stumps on the course.

The clueless one.

This is the one who never realizes what hole their on, when it's their turn, or what they are even doing.

The scorekeeper.

This is the golfer who takes keeping score seriously. Or this could just be the person who naturally always keeps score when you go mini-golfing.

The normal couple (or group).

These are the people we all love. It's the people who like some friendly competition, but don't goof around. They move from hole to hole at a good pace and keep to themselves. They also are cognizant of those around them. These are the mini-golfers we all love and should strive to be.

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