Best Festival Apps To Prevent You From Losing Your Tent, Battery And Everything Else You Value In Life

Your go-to festivals apps this summer.

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There's nothing quite like a weekend away drinking lukewarm beer in a makeshift village with friends, coating your roots in speckles of glitter (you know won't come off for at least a fortnight) and throwing some 90s-inspired rave shapes like Tyres from Spaced (obscure reference), as you hedonistically dance until sunrise in a field next to a man dressed in a unicorn-printed poncho.

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However, even the most veteran of festival goers will know that no matter how bright your tent, the number of battery packs in your backpack, where you organised to meet your mates after the headline act, and the thickness of your rain coat, all planning kind of goes out the window when you're stuck in a glorified mud bath.

And yes, while festivals might be the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner hippie, vow to rid yourself of technology, and let yourself become one with the laughing yoga class in a healing fields, there's nothing quite like a fancy festival app to save you from losing your bed (sleeping bag) for the night, friends and, quite possibly, a limb (okay, maybe that's an exaggeration but you could definitely get a bruise from falling over a guy rope).

As a result, we've rounded up out favourite bunch of festival apps that will make sure nothing dampens your parade (unless it rains, then you're screwed):

1) For your tent

At 3am, there's nothing worse than a boozed up version of yourself stumbling through a minefield of tents in an attempt to find your bargain four-man abode from Argos.

Fortunately, BC Tent Finder is here to help you commute from the main stage to your post-rave cereal bar and bed, without the need of tears and asking the volunteers (who, more often, than not know little more than you do about directions) for help.

BC Tent Finder
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Currently available on Apple, the GPS app by allowing users to take a snapshot on their cameras of a location and saves it to their map to help them pinpoint the spot later on.

The app also enables the location to be shared with friends, provides up-to-date weather news, has an inbuilt compass for the most enthusiastic of campers, includes a torchlight and a bunch of festival-inspired podcasts for you to have a listen to while you're hovering over a portaloo.

You'll be zig-zagging in between tents with purpose in no time.

2) For First Aid

Whether you've had that bit too much to drink (curse you cider!), slipped in the mud much to your mates' amusement, or vomiting from heatstroke, no festival weekender is without its medical dramas.

Look, my friends, I once headed to a festival medical tent with suspected conjunctivitis, only to find clumps of the previous nights glitter trapped in the lid. Anything is possible...

@chkchkchk_og at @seatesp stage. _ 📷 @dani_canto_

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Equip yourself with the latest medical knowledge by downloading the First Aid by British Red Cross app, which offers simple, step-by-step advice on 18 everyday first aid scenarios that doesn't require a degree in medicine or internet.

For anything else that's a little unusual (such as glitter-eye issues), head to the medical tent.

3) For your friends

Whether it's in the queue to the toilets or the desperation to stuff your mouth with a bacon butty from the van 'just over there' before the headline act, losing your friends is an occurrence that happens far too frequently at a festival.

However, losing your friends and attaching yourself to the nearest group of normal-looking people (which is very rare to find at a festival) is a thing of the past thanks to the Find my Friends app.

#Glastonbury2016 #Glastonbury #Wednesday

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This app does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you, and your group of pals, to share locations, send updates if you change your meeting spot, and get directions.

I mean, you could always carry a giant flag or wear a fish hat to distinguish you from the rest of the music lovers but that may be a little less convenient.

4) For music

Discovering new music at a festival is always an added bonus to hearing your favourite bands play their top hits.

But in a festival environment, there's no pausing, rewinding or asking the band to repeat the name of the track.

Apps such as Shazam or Soundhound, can be used to find an artist and track name, and save them so that you can download later when you have that all important data back.

Finally, a way to keep that festival vibe going all through the summer.

5) For your battery

Yep, we saved the best for last. Besides the fact you need your phone to actually run these apps, capturing the weekend – be it on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – is key. Basically, phone battery is as essential as a baby wipe, these days.

Hands up if you're ready for summer 🙌🎶🌅

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If you download any app this summer, let it be Battery Doctor. This handy little device tells you exactly how much life is left in your phone and how long that means time-wise - not of this percentage business taunting you. By shutting down any unnecessary apps, Battery Doctor also works behind the scenes to make sure that you get every last drop of juice, before you make that all important trek to the one EE charging station with a queue longer than more the Shewees. See you at the fish and chip van, my fellow festivalgoers!

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