Summer festival tech survival kit
Heading to Glastonbury or Reading? Make room in your backpack for our essential festival tech…
Festival season is upon us - two months of amazing bands, up-for-it crowds, beer in plastic cups, and mud. From Ed Sheeran at Glastonbury to Muse at Reading and Jay Z at V Fest, a massive summer of music stretches before you.
But if you're going to make it through the weekend in one piece, you need to have the right kit – good headphones, an instant camera, portable battery and wireless speakers.
Read on for our top picks…
In a nutshell: Listen to festival headliners en-route or newly discovered bands on the way home – and dance at the Silent Disco
We love these Beats Solo 2 headphones. Combining sophisticated urban design with superb audio quality, they give you crystal clear high frequencies and throbbing bass. Their compact size and robust over-ear design means they won’t take up too much room and will be able to handle any knocks if things get a bit rowdy.
2. Instant camera
In a nutshell: Forget Instagram. Make memories and share them in the moment with a camera that can print instant photos
The cool Fujifilm Instax Mini is as spontaneous as you are, instantly printing retro-style snaps. It’s more than just a standard point-and-shoot instant camera, though – there’s macro mode, high performance flash and scene modes for perfect photos, day or night.
- Tuck it into your rucksack or bum bag – it’s small and easy to carry around with you
- Get creative with double exposure and macro modes
- Snap a photo with someone new – scrawl your name and number so they won’t forget you
3. Phone battery boost
In a nutshell: Flat battery? Forget about queuing at the charging stations with your own portable power pack
We love the Belkin MIXIT 6600. Lightweight and compact, it can recharge your smartphone up to three times before needing to refuel itself. You can even charge your mate’s phone at the same time with the double USB port. It’s compatible with any USB enabled devices, so that covers your tablet, wearables and action cam as well.
4. Portable speaker
In a nutshell: Don’t let the party end when the show is over – take the fun back to your tent with a portable speaker.
The Beats Pill is perfect for playing music wirelessly from your phone. Small but mighty, it’s capable of competing with even the noisiest of tent neighbours. It pairs easily via both Bluetooth and NFC with your smartphone, so you don’t have to worry about wires getting lost in the mud – plus anyone can hook up and share their music. The 12 hours of battery life and lightweight, cylindrical shape make it the perfect festival companion.
Top UK festivals this summer
Still not decided which festival to visit? Here are a few ideas:
When: June 21-25
Headliners: Radiohead, Foofighters, Ed Sheeran
2. V Festival
When: August 19-20
Headliners: Pink, Jay Z,
See who’s playing at V Festival
3. Reading & Leeds Festival
When: August 25 – 27
Headliners: Kasabian, Eminem, Muse
See who’s playing at Reading and Leeds Festival
Hitting one of the above? Get your festival tech sorted