Best Apps to Survive Coachella 2014
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a curious social experiment in masochism. Just how much are people willing to put themselves through in the name of good art? If you guessed exhausting crowds, $375 tickets, exorbitant hotel rates and three days in the scorching hot desert, you’re right!
But herein lies the magic of Coachella. Year in and year out, the festival manages to put together one of the best musical lineups on the planet, from top-billed headliners to quality unknowns. And even though it gets hot, there’s an energy and camaraderie that accompanies the “survival mode” all festival-goers effectively share—blistering high-noon heat, after all, eventually gives way to purple sunsets, cool evenings and hearing your favorite artists live.
Obviously, you’ll want to use travel apps to help you get to and from the festival, and social media apps to help you document your experience. But before you leave home, download these other handy apps to help you survive those music-filled days.
There are two Coachella apps to help you manage your spiritual musical journey: an official Coachella app and an unofficial Coachella app. The official Coachella app lets users log in to their “MyCoachella” account to post their status, upload photos of performances and events, and tag friends. The app also includes the following sections for more info: Lineup, Timeline, Eat & Drink, and Social. With the “My Schedule” feature, you could pick the shows you wanted to see and get reminders when those shows were about to start. The free, unofficial app, Coachella 2014 Festival News, compiles news about developments leading up to the festival.
Water Your Body
You’ll hear this repeated to the point of irritation over the two weekends: Stay hydrated. Trust us. Hearing these two little words is way better than a trip to the emergency room and the ensuing bill. Even if it’s not particularly hot, being out in the sun all day is draining and can be dangerous.
The Water Your Body app for Android will help keep you from becoming a California raisin. The water-monitoring app allows you to set how much water you should be drinking (the recommended amount is higher in the desert), input how much you are drinking, and even set alarms to let you know when it’s time to down another canteen full. (Free for Android)
Ultraviolet ~ UV Index
The Ultraviolet ~ UV Index app will help you avoid harmful sun exposure and UV rays. Allow the app to connect to your current location, and it will display current UV ratings and the forecast for the weekend. Cool colors like green indicate low UV ratings. Warm colors like red, yellow and purple indicate dangerous levels of UV exposure. Descriptions below the ratings will give you advice about how to protect yourself from the sun. Heed these warnings and remember to apply—and reapply—your sunscreen.
It’s easy to get separated from your friends at Coachella. You step too far into the crowd, Pharrell Williams starts playing “Happy,” and suddenly you’re gobbled up into music-fiend excitement oblivion.
Enjoy this moment, but make sure you and your friends have designated meeting times and places. If something goes awry or plans change (as they are wont to do), the Glympse app can help you find them or be found. It’ll require cell phone service or a Wi-Fi connection, which could be difficult to maintain amongst this huge crowd in the desert, but it’s worth a shot. You can send notifications of your present location to select friends with an expiration time. If they send you one back, you can follow one another via smartphone until you can physically meet back up. Even if one of you doesn’t have the app, a “glympse” can still be sent, and your location and map will live on their own personal web page until you want to get rid of it. (Free for Android, iOS, Windows and BlackBerry devices)
If you hear a song you’ve never heard, then open Shazam and let the app listen for a few seconds. Presto! The title of the song and artist who sings it magically appears. Use the “LyricPlay” feature to sing along to streamed lyrics. Then you can share your discovery with friends via Twitter, Facebook and Google+. (Free for Android and iOS devices)
With a lineup boasting nearly 150 artists, Coachella 2014 likely features more musicians than you’ve ever heard of in your life. While you surely have your favorites if you’re shelling out for a ticket, there’s a lot to be learned before you call in sick the first Friday of the festival.
Enter the KCRW Radio app. This Santa Monica-based NPR affiliate services all of Los Angeles and out into the farther reaches of California, including Indio (where the festival is actually held). They also boast some of the most up-to-date and eclectic music programming in the country. KCRW's sophisticated app has a lot going for it, but for your purposes, the ability to download free music and stream past shows from stellar DJs will put you in the know just enough to plan your festival schedule. You might even surprise a friend or two with your newfound music awareness. ($0.99 for iOS; Free for Android and BlackBerry devices)
Written by Nick Hurwitch. Updated by Dioni L. Wise.