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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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Summer Events You Can’t Miss in Florence

By Adam King

If you’re one of the lucky ones that get to spend your summer in beautiful Florence, you are in for the best Summer of your life.  The warm weather, delicious gelato, and beautiful sunsets are going to stay all Summer, so if you’re looking for some other events to go to; check it out below:

Lucca Summer Festival

Venture an hour outside of Florence to the famous Lucca Summer festival to see some of the best local music that Italy has to offer.  This year’s lineup includes Bob Dylan, John Legend, The Script, Billy Idol, Elton John, Lenny Kravitz, Snoop Dogg, and more!  Check out last year’s festival.


St. John the Baptist Celebration

On June 24th the city of Florence celebrates the feast day for their patron saint, John the Baptist, considered the symbol of moral rectitude.  The morning has a small parade, during the afternoon there are boat rides, and most importantly the final match for Calcio Storico Fiorentino.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with Calcio Storico; the game was born in the 16th century in Renaissance Florence, is a mix of soccer, rugby and wrestling and gets very rowdy to say the least.  After this is all done, the night will end with fireworks getting set off from the top of Piazzale Michaelangelo; a great conclusion to a full-packed day.


Pistoia Blues Festival

Head a few kilometers outside of Florence to Pistoia to the home of beautiful scenery and rich culture for a one-of-a-kind music festival.  Spanning across most of July that allows you to try local dishes, go to spas, and immerse yourself in the local culture.  There are some great artists playing concerts there as well; this year’s lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Counting Crows, Hozier, Passenger, Sting, Santana, and more.  More than a few people show up to this event to the say the least; here’s a picture from the crowd from last year.


Firenze Gelato Festival

Who loves gelato?  Everybody, that’s who.  Join in on the celebration of the Florentine origins of ice cream (said to be invented by Buontalenti in 1559 when he was at the Medici court) and then, over the years, it has become one of the most popular itinerant festivals all over Italy and Europe. There will be competitions, demonstrations, and of course tastings on this delicious day on May 7th!

These are just a few of the events that are running in Florence this summer.  Keep your eyes and ears open for other fun things going on and enjoy the greatest city in Europe!

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://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27jHFBGGie0#t=93

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.



Fiera Del Cioccolato Artigianale

It’s the most wonderful time of year! Unless you’ve been hiding out under a rock, you should know that the chocolate festival has come to Firenze. If you’re a sugar addict like myself, this may have been on your radar for a while now. For the next week, you can take a stroll onto Piazza Santa Maria Novella from 10 AM to 8 PM and eat chocolate treats to your hearts content. Don’t be mistaken either, this isn’t your average Russel Stover chocolate. Artisans from all over Italy and throughout Europe come to Florence and showcase their confectionary works of art.

From simple truffles to high heeled shoes sculpted from milk chocolate, these chocolatiers are incredibly impressive. What’s better? They’re very generous with their samples. Although I definitely reccommend purchasing something you try at the festival, it’s worth a visit for the samples alone. Take a peek below of other delicious chocolate masterpieces you can expect:


There will be several different events held injunction with the chocolate festival including chocolate face painting and a chocolate and grappa tasting; all festival information can be found here. Fieral del cioccolato will be in Santa Maria Novella until February 15th; if you happen to be single and find yourself throwing a pity party on Valentine’s day, head to the festival and pick up a chocolate covered waffle on a stick ; you will soon be introduced to what real, unconditional love feels like, I promise (see below)IMG_0949

Enjoy this delicious festival while you can, Florentines!