Breaking News Emails

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.
 / Updated  / Source: NBC News
By Keith Wagstaff

With Coachella kicking off on Friday, the music festival season has begun. Over the next few months, hordes of music fans will descend on Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and other festivals, armed with smartphones for a never-ending barrage of selfies. Drake upheld this fine tradition with a pic of himself wearing the new Apple Watch while staring out at the "Chella" grounds before the gates opened.

Not everyone can be as tech-savvy as Drizzy. But there are plenty of great apps and gadgets out there to keep concertgoers happy and safe as they binge on the latest bands.

Priime (Free to $9.99, iOS) — Need to up your selfie game? Priime, which features 74 filters inspired by professional photographers, could be just the app you have been looking for. It comes with eight filters for free, with the rest available for $9.99. VSCO Cam (Free), possibly Instagram's biggest rival when it comes to hipster photo apps, is another good choice for both iOS and Android users.

Wunderlist (Free, iOS and Android) — When Jack White, The Weeknd and Father John Misty are all playing within hours of each other, a scheduling app can make sure you don't miss a thing. This app lets groups of friends manage schedules and cross bands off their to-see lists.


Lomo'Instant ($119) — It's like Instagram, but IRL. In a sea of iPhones, a vintage-looking instant camera should attract some attention.

Periscope (Free, iOS) — Don't keep the music to yourself! This app lets people live-stream to their Twitter feed, perfect for sharing footage from the front row.


Lepow PIE ($59.99) — It's pretty much impossible to go to a music festival and not run out juice. This Lepow PIE smartphone case doubles as an extra battery and fits a variety of Apple and Samsung phones.

Glympse (Free, iOS, Android, Windows) — Dude, where's Steve? Worry not, friend, this tracking app lets users track each other's exact location, so nobody will get lost wandering around by the merch tent.

Dark Sky ($3.99, iOS) — At a music festival, nobody needs animated maps of moving pressure fronts. They need to know whether or not to put on their rain poncho. Dark Sky gives detailed weather predictions in simple terms ("Rain starting 22 minutes") and bold graphics. For Android users, 1Weather (Free) has a similarly clean and intuitive design.