Thousands of music fans will descend on Glastonbury next week as the world’s most famous festival returns for the first time since 2019. And with the four-day event bigger than ever, getting ready for technology is just as important. important than packing the right kit for lucky ticket holders.
Trying to cram in favorite artists is tricky enough, but it can also be difficult to keep in touch with friends and – at the end of a long festival day – to remember where the tent is.
But it’s not just for those who brave music festivals who find it important to get the most out of their mobile. Campers and day-trippers often rely on their devices for everything from tickets to banking — and even making phone calls
Catherine Hiley, mobile phone expert at Uswitch.com has 10 tips for a great Glastonbury and for ensuring your mobile survives and thrives through festival season and beyond.
Be ready for technology
- Pack the right kit: Before you go – packing the right essentials will give you peace of mind. Start with a decent case and screen protector. A bungee cord for your phone also makes it hard to misplace.
- Most of the screen: Over 200 terabytes of data are expected to be used during Glastonbury, enough to store around 40 million songs. This will be shared by 210,000 visitors, so your mobile service might not be as fast as you are used to. It’s a good idea to capture important information like the festival map, stage times, and even take a photo of where you parked your car.
- Get the app: There are now dozens of apps available to get the most out of your festival experience. Kick off with the official festival app for the latest updates and even custom line-ups. With hundreds of bands to watch and new tunes to hear, you might consider downloading a song identification app like Shazam. Setlist.fm, compiled by music fans, will also show you which songs were played during your favorite artists’ sets.
- Dumb it down: From overly energetic dancing to opportunistic pickpockets, there are plenty of ways to lose your cell phone in Glastonbury. Instead, you can leave your smartphone at home and choose a “dumbphone” as your festival handset. Old-school models like the Nokia 3310, re-released in 2017, have limited internet connectivity but are durable. They also have long-lasting batteries and won’t break the bank if they end up getting lost in the corner of a Somerset field.
If you end up taking your smartphone or other tech gadgets, make sure your current insurance covers you — or consider getting standalone gadget insurance before you go. And if you’re bringing an iPhone, be sure to turn on “Find My Phone” before you leave in case it gets lost or stolen.
- Mobile friend: While EE offers festival goers free mobile charging facilities if your device’s battery is running low, an easier option is to take a portable power bank with you to keep you charged all weekend long.
- Low consumption ballad: To keep your mobile working as long as possible between charges, make sure to close all unnecessary background apps and switch to low power mode in your device settings. If you’re inside a tent during a set, switch to silent mode and consider lowering your screen brightness to extend your battery life even further.
- Don’t get bogged down: If the curse of the British summer hits and the skies open up, make sure your mobile is as well protected from the rain as you are. Most handsets are water resistant rather than waterproof, so consider getting a special pouch or lanyard to keep your device dry.
To stay in contact
- Tent tracking: Although finding your place after a long day can be considered a rite of passage, technology can help locate it. If you leave a Bluetooth tracker like Tile or an Apple AirTag inside your tent before heading to the main stage, your phone can plot a route to get back there later.
- Location, location, location: To avoid wasting valuable time waiting in front of the wrong burger stand, enable location services on your phone and share with your festival friends using a dedicated app like Find My Friends so they find you easily.
- Form a group : If you’re visiting with a few friends, consider creating a Glastonbury group on a messaging service like Skype or Whatsapp. This will give you an easy way to stay in touch while you go to see different acts.
Catherine Hiley, mobile phone expert at Uswitch.comsaid: “Festival season is upon us once again and after being canceled twice due to the pandemic, the excitement for Glastonbury this year is at an all time high. With a little preparation, your smartphone can help you enjoy even more more of the festival experience, with detailed event apps, using technology like QR codes and tent finder apps to make sure you don’t miss a moment.
“However, at such a large and busy event, it’s always wise to take a few precautions to protect your gadgets. Smartphones are a prime target for thieves, so it’s worth investing in extra security, like a clutch that can be worn around your neck rather than leaving it in your pocket, and ask yourself if your insurance covers all your tech gadgets before you go.
“Turning on location services and having access to a tracking app like Apple’s Find My app could also help you avoid losing your device and being separated from your friends. And, if that’s one of In those years when Glastonbury is weather-beaten, consider buying a waterproof case to save your phone from the mud bath.
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