Now is the time of year when music festivals are in their prime, and various different ones pop up both locally and further afield. They’re associated with erratic weather, beer drinking, and partying the night away, and as such a lot of us choose it as a time to throw away our technology and indulge in a rare smartphone free moment.
However, due to the growing demand we place on our devices and how frequently we use them, mobile phones are actually altering the way we engage with festivals. What this means is that there are many uses for our smartphones when we’re away, and we don’t have to be constantly attached to them for them to make a difference to our experience.
Surprisingly, there are a lot of different uses for your mobile when attending a festival, many of which are solely for that purpose, like downloading the line-up list and schedule before you go. That way, no matter what time of day it is, you can use your phone to check out which band is on next and when you have to push your way to the front of the crowd. This is especially useful if you don’t want to fork out for the privilege of having a very overpriced programme; as attractive as they can look, they are extremely pricey, and often get lost or destroyed before you manage to make it home.
Another great use for your device is to use it to keep yourselves entertained when between shows. Contrary to popular belief, mainly from people who’ve never attended a festival in their lives, these events aren’t without periods of free time. In fact, there are normally plenty of moments when we’re all sat around trying to keep ourselves amused. When that happens, and it definitely will, your mobile phone is about to become an entertainment hub; thanks to the likes of Betway, you can play mobile slots anywhere with a connection, or any type of game for that matter. That way you can have a few bets with your mates, have a good laugh, and maybe even win some money in the process – it’s a win win for festival goers.
There are, of course, more mundane reasons to take your phone, which although not exciting, will prove very helpful. The weather at festivals tends to range from pouring it down to blistering heat the next, and when you’re without a weather app it can be difficult to read the skies above. By downloading any of the latest weather forecast widgets or even using the one installed, you can know when to range for a jacket and when to bare all in a bid to tan. It isn’t a perfect system by any stretch of the imagination, but it can help you out before, during and even after a festival.