Best Music Festivals in the World

Without music, wouldn’t life be a huge mistake?

If you love music or if you’re a diehard fan of a certain band, DJ, or even a music genre, then nothing will excite you more than seeing them perform live at your favourite music festival. Now, exotic music festivals are hosted around the world and millions of visitors flock them every year to see some of the biggest names in the music industry.

There are loads of music festivals that host big name artists each year. Here’s our countdown of the best and the biggest music festivals today.

7. Mawazine (Rabat, Morocco, Africa)

Mawazine, also known as Rhythms of the World, is a world class music festival and the largest that is held in the continent of Africa. Last year the line-up included Chris Brown, Hardwell, Christina Aguilera, Pitbull and many more.

6. Fuji Rock (Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture, Japan)

Fuji Rock is the biggest outdoor music event in Japan and one of the largest and most recognised music concerts in Asia. It all started way back in 1997 where it took place at the base of Mount Fuji, but has been held at the Naeba Ski Resort since 1999. Fuji Rock features mainly rock and electronic music and this year in July it will be hosting artists such as, Gorrillaz, Queens of the Stone Age, Aphex Twin, LCD Soundsystem, Bjork, Lorde and many more.

5. Splendour in the Grass (Byron Bay, Australia)

Splendour in the Grass is a world famous summer music festival that has been held every year since 2001. The festival boasts indie rock, hip hop, electronic and alternative genres. The tickets for this year sold out in a flash and it’s easy to see why as it features artists and bands such as The xx, Queens Of The Stone Age, LCD Soundsystem, SigurRos, HAIM etc.

4. Exit (Novi Sad, Serbia)

Exit is another internationally renowned music festival and one of the most recognised. It features electronic, rock, metal, hiphop/rap, reggae and punk music. Exit has been an annual event, organised every year since 2000 and takes place at the Petrovaradin Fortress. The main artists lined up for 2017 so far are The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Paul Kalkbrenner, Alan Walker, Years & Years, Hardwell, plus many more.

3. Rock in Rio (Alternates between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; Las Vegas, Nevada)

The Rock in Rio music festival originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1985 and spans across various global cities. There have been six Rock in Rio Festivals in Lisbon, Portugal most recently in 2014, three in Madrid most recently in 2012 and in Las Vegas in 2015 and 2017 called “Rock in Rio USA.” This year the festival in Brazil hosts confirmed headliners Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, Pet Shop Boys and many others.

2. Tomorrowland (Boom, Belgium)

In second place, Tomorrowland is one of the biggest music festivals in the world for Electronic Dance Music (EDM). Hundreds of electronic music DJ’s take on the stunningly crafted stages at Tomorrowland. The line-up for 2017 is still being finalised, but in 2016, Tomorrowland brought in names like Deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Alesso, Armin van Buuren, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, Tiësto etc.

1. Coachella (Indio, California, U.S.A)

Our number one pick is Coachella. It’s one of the biggest and arguably the best music festivals in America and probably, in the world. Coachella always sells out its 99,000 capacity per weekend, which are around 198,000 tickets in total. In 2016, Coachella gathered hundreds of artists ranging from Guns N’ Roses to Calvin Harris, who were the main headliners, and also featured acts like Ice Cube, Zedd, Sia, and many more. Because of its location in California, Coachella is also a top draw for many celebrities like other musicians and famous actors who come to enjoy the festival.

So before you jet off to enjoy the epic music festivals around the world, you should look at carrying an international travel card, which is safer than carrying wads of cash and also helps you save money at the music festival. Also do your bit of homework in choosing the best currency exchange services that offer you the best Forex rates.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our run down of the best music festivals in the world. Whichever festival you’re heading to, we wish you a safe and fun filled experience!

How to Prepare for a Horse Show

With spring in the air and competition season beginning it’s time to get serious about the upcoming show season. Preparation is key, for both you and your horse. So work out what you’re doing and when and work out a schedule to build up to it.

Getting your horse show ready

Once you know what shows you’re entering, practise for that event. Try lengthening and shortening stride so you can get the right distance between jumps, and always practise on fences slightly higher than those in the show. This way your horse should be calm and composed on the day. And similarly for dressage – you need to be confident that your horse can comfortably perform everything asked of them, so it’s a good idea to show them at one level lower than the level they perform at home.
During the winter months, like humans, horses can lose some fitness. Work on building it up again to get them back to their peak for show season.
Get grooming and trimming to make sure your horse looks his best.
Preparing for a show

Think about everything you’ll need for the show, for both you and your horse and make a list. If you’re staying overnight or longer you’ll need bedding, hay and grain for your horse as well as tack, grooming equipment, buckets, first aid equipment, paperwork etc.

With all the focus on getting your horse ready, it can be easy to forget that you need to get yourself ready too. Good quality, well-fitting show clothes will not only be comfortable, but also create a really good impression. If last years are looking a bit tired, consider investing in some new show attire. Mark Todd have a new Italian Collection, which is both stylish and designed with the practicalities of riding in mind, with breathable fabrics and machine washable jackets. It’s a good idea to take a spare set of show clothing if you can, just in case there are any issues (like mud all over your white jodhpurs!) on the day.

Of course the best way to keep your horse looking good for show season is to care for them well all year round. So keep up with medical checks and groom them daily, paying attention to their tail and mane to avoid knots and tangles. Bathe them the night before the show and braid them too, so they’re looking their best on the day.

Making The Perfect Craft

Making crafts are a wonderful way to spend a day at home. Leisure activities such as ping pong, board games and making crafts are different activities to do in your home. Painting, coloring, writing, making music, and making crafts are all creative activities. The process of making art and the process of making crafts are related but different.

There are many ideas and for making crafts for the table, wall, or door, plus lots of different tree ornaments you can do when you think about it. Coming up with Christmas craft project ideas can be difficult, to find ideas look at some craft magazines. There are many ways to come up with craft ideas, try using everyday products around the home or use recycled materials to create your crafts. You will also find lots of ideas for making crafts using household items. There are plenty of summer craft ideas for all ages if you think about it. The internet is a great place to get ideas for cards or scrapbooks. Stamping and needlework are easy to learn and there are many ideas for patterns. When on a budget, add accessories to your crafts or bedazzle them. Kids love Halloween crafts, children always have fun making crafts, especially holiday-themed crafts.

Handmade crafts and scrap booking are very enjoyable and popular pastimes for adults and children. There are loads of scrap booking layout ideas for you to try out. Buying discount scrap booking supplies can save you a lot of money. Scrap booking is an activity which is growing in popularity. Scrap booking, cross stitch, patchwork and needlework kits are easy to find the stores or on the internet.

When making crafts learn to have fun with it. Kids have fun drawing, painting, making crafts. This origami craft is fun to play with and educational at the same time. You can make crafts without creating a huge mess. Include your children when creating crafts you could have a lot of fun making crafts with your kids out of the things you throw away every day. Easter is a fun holiday and the Internet has many fun things for families to make crafts with. Children will have fun making crafts and exploring their creative side. Join the fun of making crafts, reading stories, cooking, gym play, and tumbling during these four-week sessions. Join in with the family and enjoy fun activities such as holiday crafts and games, this is one way of brining the family together. There are so many ideas that we cannot mention all of them but one which is easy to do is to create fun items just to spice up a lonely shelf or tabletop. Find fun activities to do together, such as making crafts, writing a story, or acting out a musical. Crafts can be a fun creative outlet for kids and adults.

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