Heading to Glastonbury festival this weekend?
Get ready for one of the best weekends of your life! But while half the fun of Glasto is getting lost, confused and very muddy, there are always moments when you’ll need a little help to get your head straight. If you’re taking your smart phone with you, these apps will be life savers. You can thank us on Monday…
1. The Official Glastonbury App. The most informative app on the scene, the official offering from Glastonbury festival will ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action. It includes full stage listings, a map and real time festival news, as well as giving you the option to create your own schedules and set reminders. And for the first time this year, they’ve teamed up with the BBC to stream their live coverage of six stages through the app, so if you’re totally lost and nowhere near a stage, at least you could watch on your phone! Get the official Glastonbury Festival app .
2. GroupMe. It goes without saying that you’ll get separated from your friends over the weekend. Instead of trying to shout over the music down the phone to each other, use GroupMe to create a group messaging system that will help keep everyone together. You can share your location with your group, as well as photos or videos to make where you are even clearer. GroupMe will even work on older model phones if you’re one of the sensible few who leave their expensive smart phones at home! Download GroupMe.
3. Shazam. This music recognition app will be helpful if you’ve stumbled across an obscure tent and need to find out who’s playing. Equally useful in any of the bars or dance tents, when a song comes on that you KNOW you know, but the Glastonbury atmosphere has gone to your head and you just can’t remember… Get Shazam.
4. Instagram. Glastonbury Festival is one of the most photogenic events of the year and you’ll want to take a lot of photos: better to use Instagram than that disposable camera someone told you it would be a good idea to bring. The genius of Instagram is the filters, which will make cloudy skies look blue and make you look far less tired. You can share your photos to other social networks too, so your jealous friends at home can’t avoid them anywhere. Oh, and make sure you use Glastonbury related hash tags on your posts! Download Instagram.
5. Red Cross First Aid. Okay, so we’re not saying use this app in a serious emergency, but hopefully if there are any injuries or illnesses, they’ll only be very small ones. Use this app to save yourself a long trek to the medical tent. It gives you advice on what to do on a massive range of medical issues: you could use it if someone in your group gets sun stroke, or a bit of food poisoning from a dodgy burger van. Get the official Red Cross app.
6. TentFinder. Of all the Glastonbury horror stories, people forgetting where their tent is for the entire weekend is one of the most common. TentFinder can help you make sure you never have to tell this story for yourself! It uses GPS technology alongside a compass and a map of the festival site to guide you home after a long day and night. You can even upload a photo of your tent, so if things get so bad you can’t recognise it when it’s front of you, you’ll have a helping hand. Download TentFinder.
7. Festival Ready. This is definitely the most organised app. You can pretty much sort out any practical issues that arise over the weekend using Festival Ready, as it is probably the most packed app: festival essentials all in one place. Use it as another way to find your tent, check the weather forecast, and make lists of what to take with you. You can even use it to turn your phone into a torch for the walk back to the tent at the end of the night. The ‘one stop shop’ of festival apps, Festival Ready can help you have a good time without completely losing track of everything. Find Festival Ready.
8. Online Banking. Following the news that debit cards are now accepted at bars all over Glastonbury, your online banking app might be the most life saving you use all weekend. Set up alerts and alarms that remind you to stop buying drinks for strangers. Also a handy app if you run out of funds and need someone to emergency transfer money to you! Head to your bank’s website to find their app.
9. WaterIn. It might be a bit optimistic to say that you’ll need to drink lots of water because of the hot weather. But even if it’s raining, it’s a good idea to fill up on H2O at a festival; you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more if you’re feeling at least slightly healthy! Log the amount of water you drink throughout the day in WaterIn (you can put things like ‘small bottle’) and a chart will track your progress. And if you’re not drinking enough water, the app will send you a reminder. Get WaterIn.
10. Battery Doctor. Phone service EE have been kind enough to provide free phone charging tents at this year’s Glastonbury, but if you’re using all of these apps, you’re going to want to keep an eye on your battery life at all times. Using an app like Battery Doctor will keep your power in check, shutting down apps and services when you’re not using them to save juice. Download Battery Doctor.
Download these apps and you’ll survive Glastonbury in one piece. We hope you have a great weekend!