Apps To Save Your Festival Sanity
Before you dive head-first into festival season, you may want to make sure you're equipped to cope with the weather, you know what your listening to, and that you know where your tent is.
WaterIn - IOS, Android (Free)
So it's 3pm you've got some awful tan lines, pounded a few too many beers, and forgot to drink any water - and now you're going to miss the headliner because you've got sunstroke. WaterIn has only one aim, to prevent you getting dehydrated and ruining it all. Yeah it's something your Mum would tell you to get, but it will probably prove invaluable.
BC Tent Finder - IOS, Android Alternative (Free)
Now this app has got us out of a spot of trouble more than enough times. Perfect for being able to locate your tent, your car, or perhaps more importantly - the bar, BC Tent Finder will make getting lost on site a thing of the past. And, crucially, the "Inbuilt compass allows you to navigate using GPS when there is no network coverage". This is a must-have without a doubt. Check out Festival Buddy for something similar for you Android users.
Available here: IOS
Battery HD - IOS, Android (Free)
Most mobile phone's fairly vague indiciations of battery usage often cause some annoying problems. Step in Battery HD+ for Iphones and Battery HD for Android. Displaying the amount of battery left for certain activities, like games, maps and more Battery HD+ will also alert you when your phone is fully charged. And, you can fine tune your battery health to ensure responses are accurate as ever.
Soundhound - IOS, Android (Free)
Just pipping Shazam to the music-recognition top-spot thanks to it's virtually unlimited free use, Soundhound is perfect for making sure you don't forget any song across your festival weekend. Funnily enough, you can also search by singing or humming into SoundHound, making it the only app in the world that can give you results through this method - although you will probably need a pretty decent rendition. Soundhound also gives you immediate Youtube playback of the full-track so you don't have to listen to a short preview.
AirBnb - IOS, Android (Free)
So you're too good for a tent? Or more likely, the festival your going to doesn't offer camping? Fear not. AirBnB makes travelling to cities easy, and relatively cheap. The app has a few negative ratings, due to the functionality for hosts, but if your simply looking for a place to stay AirBnb remains incredibly useful.
Clashfinder - Mobile Browser (Free)
Not strictly an application in it's own right, nonetheless, it's essential that Clashfinder is on your homescreen, or at least bookmarked. Available for all major festivals, the app allows you to prioritise seeing acts, and to see when and where those tough decisions regarding clashes occur. Perfect for the OCD festival-goer like us at Gigwise, this fully-customisable, user-created website is a must-have, and you can even download or print out your festival diary. Bonus points if you laminate it.
Available here: Clashfinder.com
First Aid by British Red Cross - IOS, Android (Free)
Fingers crossed, nothing will go wrong on your festival travels this year, but if it does this first aid app is perfect to know what to do in an emergency. It features "videos, quizzes and simple advice" and includes "an instantly accessible emergency section, with step-by-step instructions". Definitely one to keep, even if you just get a bit of sunburn.
Dark Sky - IOS (£2.99), Android (Free)
Most people are probably pretty happy scanning BBC Weather or Accuweather for weather news, but Dark Sky for Iphones and Ipads is so aesthetically beautiful, and useful - it might be worth the couple of quid to keep you dry. And, having just arrived on Android for free, some lucky users will be presented with the insanely detailed weather report at no cost.
Find My Friends - IOS, Android Alternative (Free)
There's always someone who just wanders off from the group, to everyone's annoyance. So rather than agreeing to meet by some landmark and missing an artist you wanted to see, why not just see where everyone is with Find My Friends. All you have to do is invite friends or family to share their location by tapping their contact or typing their email address. An Android clone of the same name is available here.
Available here: IOS
Wunderlist - IOS, Android (Free)
There are a multitude of list apps on both the App Store and the Google Play store, but Wunderlist is probably the strongest of the offerings. A to-do and task list, with sharing features, reminders, schedules and more - it's multiple-uses make it a must-own. From sharing your shopping list (Beer, crisps, nuts and maybe some more beer?) to noting artists to see again, Wunderlist makes remembering things that much easier.