7 Great Summer Music Festivals You Absolutely HAVE To Check Out

7 Great Summer Music Festivals You Absolutely HAVE To Check Out

All the information you need to have the best summer ever!
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When Summer finally hits I get so excited because that means it is finally the best season for concert going! There are so many fun music festivals in the summer, the possibilities are endless. So here is a list of the best music festivals across the United States.

1. Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL)


This year Lollapalooza takes place on August 2-5, 2018 at Grant Park in downtown Chicago. It's the perfect mix of being in a beautiful city and experiencing concerts of a lifetime! There are so many great artists this year and so much fun to be had in four days at this amazing festival!

Ticket Prices: $120-$335 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

2. Firefly (Dover, DE)

Moving to the east coast now in Dover, Delaware there is the Firefly Festival. Starting off with Eminem as the number one headlining artist following Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and the Killers, Firefly has a very strong lineup! If you live on the east coast tickets are free June 14-17th, you should definitely give this festival a try!

Ticket Prices: $269-$329 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

3. Bonnaroo (Great Stage Park, TN)

Eminem and The Killers again! These two are very popular at music festivals this year it seems! Bonnaroo is one of the most fun music festivals in the south. Located just 60 miles south of Nashville, this is the perfect place to spend some time camping and enjoying all day concert festivities!

Ticket Prices: $190-$337.50 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

4. Boston Calling (Allston, MA)

Back to the east coast again with Boston Calling! This festival also has Eminem and The Killers performing but it is earlier in the summer than a lot of the other festivals. Boston Calling is also cheaper than most other festivals with tickets starting at as low as $105!

Ticket Prices: $105-$289 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

5. Bumbershoot (Seattle, WA)

This four day festival during labor day weekend is located in the beautiful city of Seattle, WA. With The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Ellie Goulding, Faith No More, Hozier, and many others this is a festival you won't want to miss!

Ticket Prices: $150-$199 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

6. Hangout (Gulf Shores, AL)

A music festival with an amazing lineup on the beach! Does it get any better than that!? You can enjoy the luxuries of the soaking up the sun and relaxing by the ocean while also screaming the lyrics to "Mr. Brightside" and "Closer". Hangout festival is one of the coolest I have seen so far!

Ticket Prices: $299 (plus taxes and fees)

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

7. Bottle Rock (Napa Valley, CA)

Is it even a summer music festival if The Killers aren't performing? This festival takes place in Napa Valley, CA where there is great music and great wine! Unfortunately all of the tickets are sold out at this time but there are still tickets availible on resale sites. You can also add your email and name to a waiting list!

Ticket Prices: Resale only at this time

To buy tickets and see individual lineups for each day click here!

Cover Image Credit: @Lollapalooza instagram

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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The Struggle of Taking Classes During the Summer

It can put a bit of a damper on summer fun

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To everyone reading: I hope you're having a nice, relaxing summer. Even if you're working I hope you can get a few days off to hang out with friends, go to the beach, and have some nice downtime. Not me. I am currently in the process of completing two four-week long summer classes. I'm taking them now to get ahead for next semester and to keep my overall schedule on track. It certainly isn't fun, but the reminder that it is only four weeks is what really keeps me going. If you are in the same boat as me, you'll relate to this list like no one else can; if you're not taking summer classes, don't let this list scare you, but use it to mentally prepare yourself for any you may have in the future.

1. Studying and homework

The homework isn't too bad with some summer classes just because you don't have time for a lot of intense projects. Still, since the class is so short you have to do some kind of homework pretty much every day. Make a schedule and spread it out so you don't get too behind.

2. Actually going to class

I am in two classes. One meets in person every day from 10 am to 11:45 am. The other is online. Let me be the first to say that getting up for class during the normal semesters is hard enough, but knowing my little brother gets to sleep in while I have to wake up early and go class is a real motivation suppressant.

I will say, though, it's kind of nice being on campus when it's basically empty.

3. No going out...

You'll probably be a little down because you might not be able to really go out at all during the time you're in class. For me, I go to lecture every morning, come home and do homework for that class, then do homework for my online class. I have some free time on the weekends, but I try to use those lecture-free days to study or work on papers.

4. But being super busy

Even though you might not be able to go out like a summer off, you'll be keeping yourself busy with all that super fun homework I mentioned.

5. Stress

Yes, summer classes can be a little stressful and it's pretty much all thanks to how fast-paced they are. Just do what I do: make a homework and project schedule as soon as you can and remind yourself how short it is.

Summer classes are not the worst thing in the world, and if you choose to take one at some point it won't be absolutely horrible. The nice thing about them is it's like ripping off a Band-Aid; it may be a little painful and annoying, but it's over so fast you don't suffer. Pick your class and professor wisely and get down to business; taking the class means you're one step closer to graduation!

So, to anyone else taking a summer class: good luck and you got this!

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