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How to Get Ready for a Music Festival Abroad

For all the music lovers and festival enthusiasts studying abroad this semester, the time has finally come to forget your inhibitions and immerse yourselves in the good vibes of Barcelona’s Abroadfest. Whether this is your first experience with a music festival or whether you’re a pro at this kind of stuff back in the States, you’ll want to check out this list of tips for attending a festival abroad:

  1. Know the Line Up: The key component to a music festival is, of course, the music. Abroadfest will be held in  Razzmatazz and Shôko, so make sure you’re ahead of the game and know where to be at what times by looking up the Abroadfest Line Up now. In order to ensure that you are up front for your favorite bands, plan out your strategy ahead of time and know which stages you want to post up at and which times you’ll need to be there. While you’re checking out the lineup, if you find some bands you haven’t heard of, take the time to make a dope playlist and learn some new music. You’ll be glad you did when you get to experience these bands live.cell phones at music festivals, external battery, portable charger, iphone, android, cell phones abroad, music festival tips, abroadfest, europe
  2. Bring the Right Equipment: The last thing you want is to be at a music festival without the essentials. The second to last thing you want is to be overwhelmed with stuff while you’re trying to rage to your favorite bands. The happy-medium here is to bring the essentials and pack lightly. Make sure you are packing everything in a secure, light bag; a bag that zips is preferable for security reasons – fanny packs are your friends. My recommendations for must-have items are: an external battery for your phone, an extra protein bar for energy, a hard copy of notes you’ve made regarding which stages to be at which times in case your phone does die, whatever form of money you decide is best for you (make sure you check out our safety tips blog post when planning this out), and a water bottle. Anything else is just extra – except good vibes, of course.
  3. Stay Hydrated and Nourished: As mentioned above, I always recommend bringing a protein bar and water bottle. Some festivals restrict liquids and foods being brought in, so make sure you keep this in mind. Staying hydrated is key, especially when surrounded by hundreds of people jumping around in a tightly-packed setting. You’re going to sweat – a lot. Your body will thank you for focusing on getting enough water in your system.drinking water at music festivals, stay hydrated at abroadfest, study abroad tips, barcelona, abroadfest
  4. Prioritize Safety: Safety abroad is always a priority, and this becomes even more important at a music festival. For a full list of ways to protect yourself (and your bank account), check out our blog on How to Stay Safe While Abroad.
  5. Live in the Moment: The best part of a music festival is the positive and contagious vibes. Focusing on living in the moment while abroad is always something I’ve found to be important, but this is even more of a necessity at a music festival. You’re surrounded by great music, creative visuals, and interesting people. Focus less on capturing the perfect Snapchat Mystory and more on engraving every detail you can into your memory. Send out good vibes and you’ll find that even more come your way. Soak in every moment, because you’ll never encounter as much kindness as you will at a music festival.

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Ultimate Interlaken Playlist

By Caroline Schagrin

Nestled in the nook of Switzerland, Interlaken is home to beautiful snowcapped mountains juxtaposed with azure colored lakes and majestic forests. Interlaken, in all of its beauty, attracts adrenaline junkies and fondue enthusiasts alike. Whether you find yourself jumping out of a plane, shredding the Swiss Alps, or simply enjoying Swiss chocolates and relaxing, this playlist is a must! 

Take it all in, and add these 17 indie-electronic and alternative pop songs to your travel playlist.

  1. Around The World – Kings of Leon
  2. Are you with me – Lost Frequencies
  3. Beautiful Life – Lost Frequencies ft. Sandro Cavazza
  4. Plans – Elephante
  5. Trndsttr (Lucian Remix) ft. M. Maggie
  6. Wasted Youth – Sody 
  7. Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl – Wet
  8. Hymnals (RAC Remix) – Grizfolk
  9. How Hard I try – Filous
  10. Where I Wanna Be – A R I Z O N A
  11. Next Year (RAC Remix) – two door cinema club
  12. Aloha – Mome
  13. Can I – tez cadey remix
  14. Give me sunshine – spada edit cut Santa Mardona
  15. Fast Car – Jonas Blue remix
  16. King of Summer – Ayokay ft. Quinn XCII
  17. Higher Love – Charming Horses, Grace Grundy

Croatia Ultra: Why You Need to Be There

By Alec Reitzel

It’s in Croatia, need I say more?

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I will say more. Take a look at this lineup.

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When else will you be able to belt out your “lady jam” in a foreign country?


You’re surrounded by thousands of other equally as fun (and maybe slightly crazy) people.

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If you’re going to go chasing waterfalls, you should consider chasing the ones at Krka National Park.

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A music festival with killer headliners, white water rafting down the Cetina River AND island hopping? Is there actually any more one could ask for?

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I’m finished. Book your most epic weekend yet here.

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The Best Fest Since Coachella: Barcelona Sonar Music Festival

By Mike Kallay

Mark your calendars, grab your favorite tank top and a pair of cheap sunglasses. Festival season is upon us, and that means Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona is just weeks away. “But Mike,” you say, “What is Sonar and why should I elevate it to the top of my priority list?” Great question, and look no further. Consider this your OFFICIAL Sonar Road Map.

What is Sonar?

Sonar is a Music Festival in the City of Barcelona that brings together some of the biggest names in music from around the world. Last year, 121,000 people flocked to the City of Dreams to see Flux Pavilion, Pretty Lights, DJ Snake, Lykke Li, and Rudimental bring down the house. It audibly encompasses Barcelona’s rich culture and nightlife.


Why should I go?

Going to a music festival during your semester abroad should absolutely be on your priority list. Music festivals in Europe, particularly those that feature electronic music, have the unique ability of bringing together people from all over the world with different cultural backgrounds and uniting them with melodic beats and heavy drops. You’ll look through the crowd and see flags spreading all 6 continents (sorry Antarctica, no penguins allowed, maybe next year). There just isn’t anything quite like it, and if you miss it you’ll feel a little bit like this:


When is it?

Sonar Music Festival is June 18th-20th, you know what that means….


That’s right Husky with negligent owners, Sonar is incredibly soon. So get excited, throw on your dancing shoes, it’s party time party people. Book your trip today!



For more information, check out the Sonar Website. To find out about how to get to Sonar, click here!

A Guide to Spring/Summer Music Festivals in Europe

Music festivals are a one of a kind experience; it brings people from all over the world together for a weekend to enjoy some great music, you can’t beat it.  Here a couple of the top ones to make some once-in-a-lifetime memories with some good friends:

Abroadfest – Barcelona – March 5th-7th

Abroadfest is back for it’s 2nd year to beautiful Barcelona as Europe’s primary music festival for study abroad students.  Last years lineup included Cedric Gervais, Showtek, Laidback Luke and more.  This year’s lineup has not yet been released, but it is expected to have similar big names.  Tickets are sold out on the website, but plenty of students are selling online and are usually around 200 euros.  Check out the teaser below to get excited for this years festival.



A State of Trance Tour – Armin Van Buuren – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Feb. 21st

International electronic superstar Armin Van Buuren is heading back to his home country for his traveling festival “A State of Trance Tour” to play his biggest hits.  Tickets are 54.50 euros for the show.  Take a look at the video below for a preview of some of his biggest hits that you’ll be partying to all throughout the night.



Tomorrowland – Boom, Belgium – July 24th to July 26th

Tomorrowland is one of, if not the biggest music festival in the world for electronic music.  Over 400,000 people attended last year and this year will be just as big with headliners of Avicii, Alesso, Carl Cox, David Guetta, and more.  Tickets are 262.50 euros plus camping/hotel fees.  Take a look below at last year’s after party and how crazy it is



Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts – Glastonbury, England – June 24- June 28th

Glastonbury is one of the biggest music festivals in all the world, taking place in a small town of Glastonbury, right outside Somerset, England.  Some of the biggest international superstars took the stage last year with the likes of Arcade Fire, Metallica, Kasabian, The Black Keys and more leading the way.  This years lineup will be released in the upcoming weeks and is sure to include other big names.  Tickets are 225 euros for the 4 day festival and sure to be one you don’t want to miss.  http://

From concerts to music festivals and everywhere in between, y’all will be able to get your fill of live music no problem.  Party on Garth, party on Wayne.