The Essential Pre-Lollapalooza Sampler Playlist
Playlists |  Source: N. Leeper, @addie2354

The Essential Pre-Lollapalooza Sampler Playlist

Hope you have tickets.

Lollapalooza is a 4-day music festival taking place August 3-6 at Grant Park, Chicago in Illinois. Featuring awesome artists such as Lorde, Charli XCX, Muse, Glass Animals, Chance the Rapper, and many more. This major summer festival is guaranteed to be a hit.

This playlist is the perfect sampler plate to wet your appetite before the actual festival. It features all of the major performers, as well as others you might have not heard of before. It's a great way to re-familiarize yourself with some of the acts, as well as discover someone new you might want to check out at the festival.

Check out the playlist! You might discover something new.


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Playlists |  Source: N. Leeper, @riarouse.photography

The Karoondinha Pre-Festival Playlist

Some popular songs from the K-Ha lineup.

With the Karoondinha Music and Arts Festival approaching, here's your essential pump up playlist featuring some of the great artists from the lineup. The festival will be held July 21-23 at Penn's Cave, Wildlife Park in Pennsylvania.

Some of the popular artists that will be performing are Chance The Rapper, John Legend, ODESZA, and Paramore. You can purchase tickets here. You won't want to miss this one!

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Karoondinha Festival Spontaneously Canceled

And people are NOT happy about it.

The three day music festival Karoondinha, which was supposed to take place at Penn's Cave in Pennsylvania, was spontaneously canceled last night. The festival was supposed to be from July 20 to 23, but due to the fact that not enough tickets were purchased the event couldn't be funded and ended up having to be completely canceled.

Performers Chance the Rapper, Odesza, John Legend, The Roots and other big names were expected to play at the three-day event.

The ticket vendor Eventbrite publicly stated that they were going to do their best to refund everyone in a timely fashion by working with the organizers of the event itself.

However, Twitter erupted last night with extreme disappointment and anger as a result of the cancelation of the event. The combination of not being able to see well known performers and potentially not getting the money for tickets back was the primary concern across the board.

The promise of refunding everyone seems legitimate, but in practice giving every buyer's money back seems very difficult.

At least the organizers canceled the event with almost a month's notice so that attendees could plan accordingly. Unlike Fyre Festival, where everyone showed up expecting a luxurious outdoor getaway only to be met with deserted survival tents and gas station level food.

This is precisely why I don't do music festivals. That and, who actually wants to stand for eight hours a day for three days straight? That actually seems like my worst nightmare.

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Playlists |  Source: L. Smith, Front Gate Tickets

Doing Camp Bisco The Right Way

Because this festival is more than just music.

Camp Bisco 2017 was an absolute blast. You need to get there next year.

Here is a guide of some simple ways to make the most of Camp Bisco (music, food, and all!), as well as some short reviews of different parts of the festival.

1. Find the hidden gems.
The key to fully enjoying Camp Bisco is to check out the early acts.

While headliners sell festivals (which for this year included Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Griz, and of course, the founders and hosts, The Disco Biscuits) the remainder of the festival is made up of rising stars and some insane musical variety.

With all of the talent, it might be hard to pick and choose which acts to miss. There were great bands on early this year. Here are five shows you may have missed because you were sleeping... or too hungover to get out of your tent:

Roots of Creation
Brasstracks
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Manic Focus
Too Many Zooz

All super dope, and you should definitely see if you can check them out whenever and wherever they're playing next.

2. Check out some new food.
Everything I ate at Camp Bisco enhanced my festival experience. I wish I could detail everything, because it was all so killin'. Shout out to the Gouda Boys for their fun and delicious menu. (And that guy with the microphone...)

Below are some highlights from various vendors to look for next year if you want the best bang for your buck:

Breakfast - Scrambled Egg Rolls, 3 for $15

Lunch - Box of Noodles with Chicken, $12

Dinner - Mini Sliders with Fries, $12

Dessert - Spiked(!) Snow Cones, $8

3. Naps.
Simple. Music goes deep into the night - the last set from the Saturday line-up ended at 5 AM. If you can make it without the rest, you'll get more music, but I couldn't hang without a few breaks over the course of the weekend.

4. Cool off.
While the rain kept the sun away for the greater part of the first two days, the grounds were a bit toasty on Saturday.

Camp Bisco has one of the sickest perks of any festival: half of it is in a water park. The lazy river, the crazy water slides, and the wave pool are not only awesome for cooling down, but they keep you g-o-i-n-g after a few drinks. Definitely a necessary part of the festival if you ask me.

I guess all that's left to do is count down the (many) days until the next Camp Bisco. I'm ready for round two.

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I Know How Basic You Are Based On Your Festival Preferences (Quiz)

Don't be the girl in a flower crown.

With festival season upon us, I figured I'd put together a fun little quiz for you guys. There is no denying that festival season can bring out the basic in a lot of people. If you're wondering just what your festival habits and opinions say about you, take the quiz below. Just know that being basic isn't the worst thing in the world.


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The 8 Best Music Festivals In June To Kick Summer Off Right

Turn the music up as Mother Nature turns the heat up.

Ah, summer. You are so refreshing. There's no homework constantly breathing down our necks, no wholly overwhelming responsibilities keeping us tethered to our desks for entire weekends. There's so much time to enjoy ourselves, and the weather is so nice that going outside is a must.

Summer also rocks because it takes all of the things great about summer break, and combines them with music festival season. All of our favorite bands, and some we've never heard of but will eventually fall in love with, come together for outdoor super-concerts!

It's the ideal summer trip idea.

The only problem is, how can you be sure which one to pick? There are soooooo many music festivals, and you want to make sure you find the perfect one to suit your personal music tastes so you're not listening to some "meh" jams for three days.

Luckily for you, we've put together a guide to the best June's got to offer, including a couple of international trips and at least one romp in the forest, because life's too short for boring music festivals.

Check it:

1. The best festival for an incredibly well-rounded lineup
Governor's Ball
New York City, New York
June 2-4, 2017

I can't tell you how many friends have gone to Governor's Ball and had an incredible time, and this year, the lineup is STACKED with talent from top to bottom. It's got big-name acts, medium-sized breakout stars, and it's in one of the coolest cities in the world.

Here's the lineup:

2. The best festival for someone all about their country jams
CMA Music Festival
Nashville, Tennessee
June 8-11, 2017

Sometimes you just need to escape the thump of the electric bass and find someone strumming a guitar and singing about a pickup truck. If that sounds like your scene, the CMA is basically the most elite country music festival you'll find, and *of course* it's in Nashville.

Here's the lineup:

3. The best festival for a huge Bon Iver lover
Eaux Claires
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
June 16-17, 2017

Do you get chills every time you listen to "Skinny Love"? Same thing with "Holocene"? Did you fall in love with Bon Iver's newest album,"22, A Million" immediately? This festival is literally thrown by lead singer Justin Vernon himself. Get there, see his beautiful, bearded self, and fall in love all over again.

Here's the lineup:

4. The best festival for someone who loves huge beats
The Roots Picnic
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 3, 2017

The Roots, who you might know from Jimmy Fallon's set every night of the week, hail from Philadelphia, where Questlove's been throwing this awesome, hip-hop-centric festival for years. He only invites the best rappers and beat makers of the moment. This one's got the boom-bap you need.

Here's the lineup:

5. The best festival if you want to fly across the ocean
Glastonbury
Pilton, England, United Kingdom
June 22-26, 2017

Never been Across The Pond (TM) and in serious need of a trip to satisfy your wanderlust, while also in the mood for swinging gigantic flags as you listen to great bands all day long? Well, that's a specific desire, but Glastonbury is the place for you.

Here's the lineup:

6. The best festival for dancing to music in a forest
Electric Forest
Rothbury, Michigan
June 22-July 2, 2017

Look, this is a pretty easy sell: if you like electronic music (most college students do!) and are into the idea of dancing to that electronic music in a gorgeously-decorated forest (most college students are!) then this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you should not pass up, period.

Here's the lineup:

7. The best festival for when you just want the big names
Bonnaroo
Manchester, Tennessee
June 8-11, 2017

Everyone knows about Bonnaroo. It's one of the big three (Coachella and Lolapalooza being the other two) and it never fails to disappoint. Crowds are gigantic, the location is both unique and awesome, and generally I've heard very good things about this super fest.

Here's the lineup:

8. The best festival that's right across the border
Field Trip
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 3-4, 2017

Alright, so maybe you want to leave the country -- can't blame you, considering the state of our nation's capital! -- but you don't feel like flying all the way to Europe. Easy compromise: go to Canada! You can get beer if you're over 18, and everyone will be super friendly. Win-win-win!

Here's the lineup: