Summer festival tech survival kit

If you’re heading to one of the big festivals this summer, make room in your backpack for our essential festival tech…

28 Apr 2018


Instax mini 70

Festival season is upon us. Three months of amazing bands, lively crowds, beer in plastic cups and mud. From Kings of Leon at Reading and Leeds to The Killers at Latitude, a massive summer of music stretches before you.

But to make it through the weekend in one piece you need to have the right kit. Think good headphones, an instant camera, portable battery and wireless speakers.

Read on for our top picks…


1. Headphones

In a nutshell: Listen to festival headliners en-route or newly discovered bands on the way home

Bose QC35 II

We love Bose’s QuietComfort QC35 II Headphones. The audio is as you’d expect from Bose – near-on perfect. Stream music from your smartphone straight to them and use built in Google Assist to take control using your voice. All of this is topped off with 20-hours battery life and noise-cancelling tech that blocks out background noise for a totally immersive experience.

Get the Bose QuietComfort QC35 II Headphones


2. Instant camera

In a nutshell: Forget Instagram. Make memories and share them in the moment with a camera that can print instant photos

Instax mini 70

The cool Fujifilm Instax mini 70 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.

  • Small and easy to carry around – tucks neatly into your rucksack
  • Get creative with double exposure and macro modes
  • Get everyone in shot with the self timer and tripod

Get the Instax mini 70


3. Phone battery boost

In a nutshell: Flat battery? Forget about queuing at the charging stations with your own portable power packJuice Weekender

We love the Juice Weekender Portable Power Pack. It holds enough power to fully charge your smartphone 4 times over. Plus it can charge two devices at once. Its anti-slip coating prevents it getting damaged while a handy LED indicator lets you know when it’s charging or low on power. It even comes in a choice of colours – like purple, blue or black – to coordinate with your festival look.

Get the Juice Weekender


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 speakerBeats Pill

The small but mighty Beats Pill is perfect for playing music wirelessly from your phone. 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 – and anyone can hook up and share their music. The 12-hours of battery life and lightweight, cylindrical shape make it the perfect festival companion.

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Top UK festivals this summer

Still not decided which festival to visit? Here are a few ideas.

Isle of Wight

When: June 21-24

Headliners: Kasabian, Depeche Mode/Liam Gallagher, The Killers

See who’s playing at the Isle of Wight Festival



When: July 12-15

Headliners: The Killers, Solange, alt-J

See who’s playing at Latitude


Reading and Leeds

When: August 24-26

Headliners: Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon

See who’s playing at the Reading and Leeds Festival 


Hitting one of the above? Get your festival tech sorted