iPhone app: iFest

By on Thursday, 5th August 2010 at 12:00 pm
 

We love a good festival here at There Goes the Fear. Alas, lack of showers, decent toilets and a nice bed can sometimes put a downer on things, so we certainly appreciate when something comes along to make the experience a little less stressful. Today, we’d like to let you know about an awesome new app developed especially for festival goers in possession of one of those nifty Steve Jobs’ numbers, the iPhone. Titled ‘iFest’, the app – which was created by recent University of Plymouth graduate and avid music fan Chris Blackmore – is packed with features to make your stay go that bit more smoother (smoother than the slippery mud already makes it, of course).

The app’s content – which currently works for Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, Bestival, Creamfields, Sonisphere and V – includes a tent finder, so should you have a bit too much to drink one night, fear not! Once iFest is installed, your iPhone will be able to locate the positioning of your tent, allowing you to gradually stagger back via the technological wonderment of GPS. Not sure whether to pack a bikini or a rain mac? Ah why, consult your iFest app, who’ll readily hit you up on the weather forecast for the area. Want to check out any updates on the festival you’re going to? Hey, there’s even a news stream delivering the latest headlines on your festival straight to your iPhone – as well as live stage line ups. On top of that, festival site maps, Facebook and Twitter integration is included.

Chris told TGTF iFest “harnesses readily available information from multiple festival websites to give the user as much information as possible, and with the integration of a bespoke festival database, iFest ensures you have and know everything you need for your weekend”. A festival goer himself (he’s just got back from Glastonbury and is heading to Rock en Seine next month), Chris said his passion for the music events fuelled him to make the app – “I’ve always found it difficult to access information at festival sites, I had this idea of tapping into the proliferation of smart phones and utilising their capabilities, and it spurred on from there! Many of the features within iFest gives the user a real-time source of content rich information, which significantly enriches a festival experience.”

To learn more about iFest, head over to app’s website now. You can grab iFest at the iTunes App Store for a mere 59p. To confirm, the festival currently works with Glastonbury (which was in June), Reading, Leeds, Bestival, Creamfields, Sonisphere and V (the latter of which is coming up in just two weeks).

So, for a fun and hassle free festival this 2010 – iFest is your new best friend.

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