Music festival season is well and truly upon us - so it's time to don the shorts and wellies, and start scribbling your ultimate festival checklist:
Effortless fashionista festival outfit: check
As much booze as you can carry: check
Mud and rain: check
Android apps: DOUBLE check
Yep, while your Android can't provide you with a wet-wipe, it can do almost everything else – from getting yourself to the festival, to finding your mates mid-moshpit, to getting every last drop of juice out of your battery: there's an app for every music fest eventuality.
So whether you're headed to Hangout, Glasto, Sonar, or Summerfest, check out our hit parade of essential Android apps to make summer music festival season go off with a bang.
First things first, you've got to settle on your chosen festivals for this year: get yourself some tickets, pronto! Songkick scans your music library and Spotify playlists so it can give you a heads up on which festivals your favorite artists are playing this year.
For every festival, you can check out the full line-up, along with venue maps, and in some cases you can even buy tickets through the app. Its recommendation engine means you might discover some hot new bands too.
Evernote's about as versatile as an app can be. If you're getting yourself pumped up for festival weekend, it's the perfect tool to help you get your shit together. The makers themselves have even put together this handy little guide on how to get the best out of Evernote when planning a few days in advance for a big trip.
Share a notebook with your buddies so you can collaborate on who should bring what, clip notes on your favorite acts and festival news, and create your packing lists with handy reminders - so you don't forget to pack the loo roll this year.
Lugging your rucksack onto a packed train, or queuing hours for the fun-bus home actually isn't all that fun: especially when the party's over, you're physically and emotionally exhausted and all you want is a shower and a hug from your mum.
BlaBlaCar cuts the hassle from getting to and from your festival, as well as saving you plenty of dollar on the journey - and that means more beer tokens in your pocket. It's the greener way to get there - and BlaBlaCar has even started teaming up with some festivals to offer priority parking to ride-sharers - sweet!
Some festivals don’t offer camping: some do, and you just don't fancy slumming it. Whatever your sleeping predicament, Airbnb's got yer back, offering you all manners of places to lay your head for the night. With over 600,000 listings across 34,000 cities, you're sure to find a suitable resting place to recharge your festival batteries (and your Android battery).
You inevitably lose people at festivals. Even when you agree to stick together, and have a meeting point in mind should the obvious occur, you still spend half the festival tramping around trying to find your mates.
Wave - Private Location App promises to reunite you with your buddies quickly, thus giving you waaay more time to get down to the important business of enjoying the music. It lets you view a contact and request to see their location for as long as you wish. When they accept, it generates a live, private map for you to track each other’s live movements.
Leave messages, set a meeting point, co-ordinate in a group… Wave is a sleek, simple and well-designed app which makes finding your friends an absolute doddle. Free and highly recommended.
Ain't nothing like getting yourself in the festival spirit by mashing together a playlist of all your favorite headliners. Better still, you'll obviously be hunting out new, must-see artists, so you'll know in advance which stages you should be heading to. 8tracks is the way to go, my friends.
You can search 8tracks by genre or artist, but the coolest and bestest way is by keyword. Get 'Glastonbury 2015' into the search tab and discover some new beats in preparation for the real thing.
8tracks boasts great intuitive navigation and clean high-quality streaming. Plus it's legal, completely devoid of ads, and totally free to use. Don’t forget to check out our video review of 8Tracks on YouTube.
So you managed to get a ticket just before they sold out - but your best buddy didn't, and are instead sat at home missing out on the crowd surfing, beer chugging, and that amazing, electrifying feeling that only comes from watching your absolute favorite band play live.
Luckily, they have you as a bestie - and you have Upclose, a brilliantly designed app for sending out one-touch, live broadcasts from wherever you are - right now. Your buddy can follow you so they'll be notified as soon as you're on the air, and they can chat and comment along with you.
They'll feel just like they're on your shoulders in the crowd. Happy days all round.
A single shot doesn't always do justice to the scale of a festival crowd. So why not make an epic Lapse It video to capture the moment instead? Arguably the most popular and full-featured time-lapse app for Android, Lapse It trades in the super-simple “point-and-shoot” capability of the popular Hyperlapse for way more precision control.
It allows you to capture one frame every X seconds, so you you can set the frame interval, time scale limit mode, initial delay (in millisecs), resolution (up to 720P in this Pro version), encoder, quality, and frames per second. Once your vid's been captured, it will automatically create a preview of your time-lapsed video. Add effects (just four available in the lite version), insert sound tracks, trim it, flip and render it (to MP4, MOV and FLV), and of course, share it to Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Google Plus.
If you love it, shell out a few bucks for Pro - it's more than worth the extra dollars.
Put your lighters in the air without burning any hair.
Yep, bound to provoke a few chortles, Zippo Lighter allows you to join in that all important, lighter-waving moment in the gig, without scalding your hand hot on your poker-hot lighter, and almost certainly dropping it on the girl or boy's head in front of you.
So we're not going to suggest that festival time is the moment you should cut down on your booze intake (thought it's probably advisable). But the least you can do when you're drinking in the sun all day is to keep your body well hydrated. You wouldn't wanna flop out and miss the best bits now, would you?
Water Your Body sets you a water intake target based on your weight, the current temperature, and what activities you're up to. Telling the app you just had a drink is as easy as tapping a button on the main screen, and you can follow your fluid intake quickly and easily via the graph.