April is a special time of year for me, because it’s when I met my husband -- at the Coachella Music Festival, no less! Ever since, we have shared a love of music festivals, attending five years of Coachella festivals back-to-back, along with Outside Lands here in San Francisco.
When April rolls around each year, I inevitably start thinking about all the festivals ahead, and drooling over all the lineups that come out - wishing I could go to each and every one! In honor of this magical time of year for music lovers, it feels like the perfect time to share some of the must-have tech every festival-goer should consider for their adventure.
Spotify Playlist: One of my favorite things to do leading up to a festival is create a playlist of songs from all the artists I’m planning to check out. Or, Spotify generally has playlists users have already created that you can listen to. It’s the perfect way to get excited about what’s in store!
Bluetooth Speaker: Whether you’re staying at a plush hotel or roughing it at a campsite, a bluetooth speaker is essential to listen to all your favorite jams before you hit the festival. I’ve been using my Native Union Switch for years and it still works like a dream. There are plenty of other options available -- like Amazon Tap, which other Cutliners use and love!
WhatsApp: Client plug! It’s notoriously difficult to use SMS text at festivals, or any crowded space. With WhatsApp, you can create a group chat with everyone in your party, and use it to make plans to meet up, share photos, even video chat while you’re at one stage and they’re at another. WhatsApp works across iPhone, Android and Windows, so you never have to deal with multiple broken message threads.
The festival app: This one seems obvious, but it’s a must to download the festival’s dedicated app so you can plot your schedule and reference it throughout the day. Leave the paper printout at home and use the app - you won’t be sorry.
There’s so many other apps and tech products to consider - what’s your favorite? Tweet us @Cutline with #FestivalTech.