Heading to a festival is always exciting. The excitement of managing to secure a ticket quickly turns into weeks and months of edge-of-your-seat anticipation as you see the final lineups revealed.
The festival experience has certainly changed over the years, with millions being invested to offer attendees the best experience possible. While it’s still very possible you’ll end up a tad muddy, the catering is significantly better, as are many of the facilities and side-attractions.
Mobile phones have also dramatically changed the way we experience festivals. We’re able to capture the experience to look back on much more easily, and it’s much easier to find our friends when we lose them in a sea of tents.
Getting ready for a festival is an important part of the experience. Choosing outfits, planning our route, packing our bags, and deciding which artists we want to watch all help to build the excitement and anticipation.
So while you’re preparing for your next festival, why not consider some of these apps you should download for your phone.
The festival’s own app
Not all festivals have their own apps, but the vast majority of all major festivals do. You’ll likely be told about it in the emails you receive from the organisers, but you can also just search for it in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
The apps make it easy for you to stay up to date with any changes to schedules, stages, and lineups, both of which are common at festivals.
You might not have much time for games while you’re at the festival, but they can help to pass the time while you’re on your way there. Depending on where you live in relation to the festival’s location, you could be spending several hours in a car or on the train, so some entertainment is important.
It could be a modern first-person shooter, like Call of Duty: Mobile; a puzzle game like Tenten; or you could use a casino welcome bonus from Coral or other similar brands. The games you choose doesn’t matter, it’s whatever you’ll enjoy most.
Instagram & Snapchat
Whether you’re updating your stories with clips from the acts, or sharing new posts of you and your friends, Instagram is a must for festivals. Instagram and Snapchat are two tools for documenting your festival experience so you can reminisce later.
Listening to a song or band and don’t know the name? Shazam it! Shazam uses your phone’s microphone to listen to the song and analyses it against millions of other tunes in its database. It will then tell you what song you’re listening to, who the artist is, and it will give you links to places you can download it from. It also saves your Shazam history, so you can listen to them when you get home.
A tent-finding app
There’s nothing more frustrating at a festival than when you’re tired and you just want to find your tent, but you can’t remember where you put it.
Thankfully, there are several apps to help with this now. For Android, try Tent Finder and for iPhone you can download BC Tent Finder.
They pinpoint your tents location using your phone’s GPS and will give you directions back to your temporary home. You can also use it to remember the location of your car, and other onsite amenities like toilets and food vendors.
A friend-finding app
There are few things more difficult than finding your tent at a festival. Although one of them is finding your friends after you get separated. While you could call them and try to describe your surroundings to each other, if neither of you have a good sense of direction or you’re not near to any distinct landmarks, you will likely struggle.
Thankfully the Find My Friends app for Android and iPhone is free. Once you have each accepted invites from each other, you can see each other’s location to help you get reunited. You’re not reliant on the other person answering a call or replying to a message each time, as your location sharing continues for the duration of the festival.
Walking around in an uneven field, and throwing shapes amongst a crowd of other revellers increasing your risk of injuring yourself. Even if you’re careful it’s still possible to fall over or be inflicted with other minor injuries like cuts and scrapes.
While it might not be too serious, getting some helpful advice can be useful in keeping you safe and healthy. This is where apps like First aid by British Red Cross and the St John Ambulance First Aid apps come in handy.
They can be great reference guides to treating things like sunburn, cuts, and sprains, and they can tell you when it’s sensible to seek professional help.
Mobile phones have a habit of running out of battery very quickly. Especially when we’re using them all day to stream our favourite bands and take photos with our friends.
While you’ll definitely need to take a powerbank with you to give your phone’s battery a boost, the Battery HD app could help make your phone a little less thirsty so it can preserve some juice.
Battery HD will tell you how long you have left for different activities like video chatting, recording videos, or leaving it on standby. It won’t make a great deal of difference on its own, but it will provide you with handy notifications to help you manage your battery throughout the day.
These are all great apps to help you get the most out of your festival experience, helping you get around, find your friends, document your experience, and stay on top of the changing schedules.
The one thing to remember though is that you should look up from your screen while you’re there. Enjoy the moment of watching your favourite bands and singers live and in person, as there really is no experience like it. Your phone will still be there too look at when the show is over.