Spring is here which means music festival season is very nearly upon us too. While a lot of the time, you’ll simply be enjoying the music, the ambience, and the general merriment of attending such an event, other times, you might want the assistance of your trusty iPhone or iPad to help you out.
We’ve taken a look at 10 of the best apps out there for keeping you entertained, as well as safe, while visiting such a fun and memorable venue.
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1. WaterIn (Free) - While you're having fun and maybe drinking a few too many beers, it's easy to forget to drink sensibly too. WaterIn has one simple aim - to remind you to drink water often. In the hot and busy atmosphere that festivals can offer, it's an ideal way to stop you from becoming dehydrated.
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2. BC Tent Finder (Free) - Looking pretty dated, BC Tent Finder is still the best way to ensure that you don't forget where your tent or car is, assuming you're camping at the festival. Just put a marker down or take a photo, and you can find where to go. It even offers a weather report too.
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3. Stredm (Free) - Can't make it to a festival for some reason? Stredm is an app that allows you to stream such content meaning you'll feel less like you're missing out. It's simple to use with a song by song breakdown meaning you won't miss a beat, no matter where you are.
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4. Songkick Concerts (Free) - This app scans your music library and Spotify playlists before giving you a heads up on relevant concerts and festivals. For every festival, you can check out a full line-up along with venue maps, and in some cases, even buy tickets through the app. Its recommendation engine means you might find some surprise hits too.
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5. Shazam (Free) - Listening to a performance and missed what the song is? Shazam has you covered. It'll listen out for music and tell you exactly what's playing, before giving you options to buy the track on iTunes, listen through Spotify, or watch a music video via YouTube. You can even buy concert tickets through the app.
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6. Periscope (Free) - Once you're there, you want to be able to share stuff with friends back home. Periscope is Twitter's way of allowing you to broadcast live video wherever you are. You can easily play a broadcast then save it for replay later on, sharing the awesome concert with your Twitter followers.
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7. Find My Friends (Free) - Festivals are huge so tracking down your friends isn't always easy. Find My Friends means you can easily locate them, providing they own an iOS device too, enabling you all to sure your locations. You won't have to rely on them seeing your SMS or phone call with the app safely keeping you informed in a hands-off manner.
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8. Dark Sky ($3.99) - Knowing what weather to expect means you can dress accordingly and maybe be ready with that waterproof poncho if need be. Dark Sky gives you a forecast for your precise location, with minute by minute predictions keeping you up to date. Its radar animations mean you know if a storm is headed your way too.
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9. Coachella 2015 (Free) - Marking the start of the major music festival season, Coachella is one of the best events out there. This official app offers you information on the entire lineup for both weekends, along with a social section to help you see what other festival goers are tweeting, as well as posting to Instagram.
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10. Airbnb (Free) - For those festivals that don't offer camping, Airbnb is the most efficient and inexpensive way of finding somewhere to stay for the night. You can easily find all manners of places to sleep at over night, with over 600,000 listings across 34,000 cities. It's sure to be memorable.