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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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Top 10 Reasons a Music Festival in Barcelona will be the Best Weekend of your Life

By Ally Kroft

By now you’ve probably heard how absolutely amazing Barcelona is. With its beautiful beaches and architecture, delicious tapas and wild nightlife, it is at the top of just about every study abroad students’ bucket list. Now… imagine when study abroad students from all over Europe flock here for a weekend dedicated to experiencing Barcelona in all of its glory. Welcome to The Barcelona Music Festival Weekend.

Here are the top 10 reasons why this will no doubt be one of the best weekends of your semester abroad.

1. Springfest


Opium is one of the wildest clubs in Barcelona. This is the kind of place that turns an average Tuesday into a legendary night, dancing on the beach until the sun comes up. So you can guarantee they know how to put on a music festival you don’t want to miss. The epic lineup includes Nicky Romero, Kaskade, Otto Knows, and Oliver Heldens. Plus it’s Opium. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world, you never know what they have up their sleeve. Book tickets here.

2. Abroadfest


Abroadfest is three days of complete madness… and I mean this in the absolute best way possible. Barcelona is a favorite for many of the best DJs in the world. This weekend is where they all get together and put on an epic 3 day long show at the coolest clubs all over town.

3. The Insta

alwayinsta Lets be real, sometimes you just gotta do it for the Insta. A sunset view or bottle service in Opium is gonna get you an easy 100+ likes.

4. Tapas


If you haven’t experienced authentic Spanish Tapas yet, they are basically little bites of heaven.

5. Park Güell



Thank you Guadi for of my personal favorite spots in Barcelona. These beautiful views are breath taking and make an awesome background for your new profile pic.

6. Chupitos


The bartenders here know how to whip up upwards of 500 kinds of shots, and each one is like a show. Can’t decide if these guys are more like magicians or artists.

7. Bo De Be


This sandwich is life-changing. Honestly I wouldn’t even call myself a foodie, but this sandwich is what dreams are made of. It’s something you need to experience to understand.

8. La Rambla


You can really feel the electric spirit of Barcelona when walking down La Rambla. This tree-lined pedestrian mall is the heart of Barcelona, with an endless amount of delicious restaurants and locals selling handmade goods.

9. La Sagrada Familia


La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí’s most famous works in Barcelona. It’s been under construction since 1882 and it’s not expected to be completed for some time. This massive basilica is guaranteed to make your jaw drop.

  1. The Epic Story.

I promise this is going to be a weekend full of adventures that you will never forget. Barcelona is the city of dreams. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience it for yourself.

Bus2alps Spring Stocking Stuffers

We want to celebrate the holiday season with you the best way we know how–with travel treats! For the next 10 days, we’ll be giving away special stocking stuffers to help you make the most of your Spring semester abroad.

Each day, we’ll post a new stocking stuffer on both Facebook and Twitter. Once you’ve Liked our Facebook Page and Followed us on Twitter, you can enter for each prize once each day on each social media outlet. All you have to do is:

  1. Like and Share the post on Facebook
  2. Retweet the post on Twitter

Stay tuned for us to announce the winners. Happy holidays and happy travels!

Your guide to ABROADFEST 2014

You’re a college student studying abroad. I know you don’t need a holiday or any particular grounds to party. But get ready while some knowledge is dropped upon you to give you one serious reason to rage your pretty little face off.

Two major event organizers, Des Lis Group and Prime Social Group are putting on a three-day EDM party to welcome all study abroad students. This year’s ABROADFEST in Barcelona will take place March 6-8.

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Thursday, March 6 kicks off with a free daytime event at The Room. Here from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., you’ll be able to pick up your ticket packages, grab some merch, have a drink or two and have any of your burning ABROADFEST questions answered. At night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., the pace picks up a tad bit with Laidback Luke, Sander van Doorn and Showtek tearing Opium (one of Barcelona’s hottest clubs) to shreds.

Tickets for the first night of ABROADFEST can run from 25 to 60 euro. Check out your ticket package options here.

Now, a word of advice. If you’re new to the whole club scene in Barcelona. You’re gonna wanna be there until the sun rises. So, pace yourself as much as your body and mind will allow.

Friday, March 7 keeps the ball rolling with this insanity. ABROADFESTers are encouraged to attend the Carpe Diem Lounge Club from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a recovery period. This free event lets you chill out, soak up the amazing Mediterranean views and drink up the sangria to kick that gnarly hangover. That night from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., Teatro Principal welcomes Grammy award-winning Cedric Gervais. This historic venue on the legendary Las Ramblas will give you a night you’re probably going to forget.

Tickets for the March 7 concert at Teatro Principal are sold out. But to make room for everyone,  ABROADFEST has added an additional event on Friday night at Opium Mar featuring DJ duo GLOWINTHEDARK.

The final night, Saturday, March 8, ABROADFEST says farewell to all of this semester’s study abroad students. The final event from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Sotavento Club, with headliner Sak Noel, is sold out. That’s how unbelievable this is going to be. For the weekend’s full schedule, tickets, artist info, etc. visit the official ABROADFEST website.

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Obviously this rage-a-thon is in Barcelona. If you’re a study abroad student in Europe and have a serious case of FOMO setting in, fear not, ABROADFEST wants to welcome you too. Check out cheap flights and take advantage of the Bus2alps “Fly from anywhere” option for a guide and awesome place to stay. If bus travel is more your style, you can also hitch a ride with us from Florence to ABROADFEST.

Orientation will teach you how to convert cash, how to catch a bus, how to translate road signs but ABROADFEST will teach you how to party so hard your face will literally fall off of your body. Obviously a must.