Lady Geek's Guide To The Best Festival Gadgets

27 June 2013 by

If you’re off to Glastonbury this weekend no doubt your wellies are already waiting in the hall and your cut-off shorts are being dusted off. Regardless of whether your take on festival fashion involves fluro facepaint and feathered headbands or something a little more minimal, don’t forget to pack some extras to make your nights under canvas - and under the influence - that bit better. Here’s Lady Geek’s guide to the gadgets and gear that will help you get the most out of Glastonbury.

1. Pure Jongo S3

Drown out dodgy bongo players or host an all-back-to-mine after-party with your own portable sound system. Pure’s Jongo S3 wifi and Bluetooth-enabled speakers offer unbelievable bass and have a specific set up for outdoor listening. Although the white version looks sexiest, you might want to stick to classic black so they don’t get irreparably grass-stained after three days in a field.


2. Galaxy S4

While the idea of a ‘festival phone’ - a cheap handset that you don’t mind losing - is gaining ground this year, what’s the point of having a smartphone and not using it? The Galaxy S4 is this year’s hottest phone and it wants its moment in the Somerset sun. The 13 megapixel camera alone is reason to pack the S4 - just think of the photo opportunities of three days of action-packed alfresco partying - but Samsung’s latest model also has Air glance, which lets you browse texts, mails and calls using your eyes. So there’s no need for muddy fingers to get anywhere near your fab new phone.

From £41 a month

3. Smartskin Condoms

No, not those sort of condoms (although pack those too if, in the immortal words of Daft Punk, you think you might get lucky). Smartskin condoms are super-thin protective sheaths that fit over your iPhone to make it water resistant. Whatever the weather this weekend, don’t risk a spill, a leak or a trip to the showers leaving you phoneless when you can pop one of these on your mobile. Currently available for iPhones, a Galaxy version is coming soon.


4. Birchbox

This great beauty website offers a monthly subscription service that sees a selection of items from outstanding brands sent to your door. June’s box includes pastel neon nail varnish, eco-sunscreen, detangling spray and waterproof eyeliner (amongst other products) in dinky sizes - perfect for popping in your rucksack.

£10 a month

5. Tylt backpack/Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo

You don’t want to be worrying about battery life when you’re meant to be enjoying the Rolling Stones. While this backpack is a bit of an ugly beast, it’s damn clever, masking its real identity as a mobile charging station that can charge a smartphone six times and fully charge a tablet. Unfortunately, it’s only available on preorder, so it won’t arrive in time for this year’s Glastonbury. However, for charging on the go right now, the Mophie Juice Pack Powerstation Duo is a great, pocket-sized alternative.

$199; £79.95

6. Eurohike Handy Lantern

Light up your life, or at least your tent, with this LED lantern. It’ll save you wasting your phone’s battery on all of those flashlight apps and this cheap and cheerful lamp can also be carried - good for finding your way back to base after dark.


7. Apps

There’s a storming Glasto app this year, with full listings, an interactive map, live streams from six stages and gig reminders available for free on iPhone and Android. Also worth a download are the Find My iPhone/Find My Phone apps. One app that’s set to be huge this year is Snapchat, the super-fast way to share pictures and messages. The good news? You can set a time limit on how long your messages are there to view, so if last night’s killer moves to Rita Ora don’t look so hot in the light of day, there’s no need to worry about them lasting a lifetime.

And if you’re not going further than you’re lounge...

8. JBL OnBeat Venue LT

Get the Pyramid stage effect from the comfort of your sofa with JBL’s wireless speaker dock, which supports the latest Apple devices. Just because you’re not there in body, you can certainly get into the party spirit. If you download the Glastonbury app, above, you can stream your sound directly.


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