Thought I’d take a look at the coolest gadgets for festivals available now. Festival gadgets are a great to make festivals that little bit more comfortable, and efficient. Who wants skanky festival coffee when you grind your own beans a la the LUME (read on)?!
Sometimes though, the festival gadgets are trying to solve a problem that isn’t really there – six pack beer belt anyone?
Here’s my pick from the best of the festival tech available right now, just in time for your festival summer 2020.
The Coolest Festival Gadgets for 2021
1. Vango Inflatable Tents
OMG, inflatable tents are THE FUTURE.
I actually hadn’t until I started researching this post and now I want one. Instead of poles the Vango inflatable tents work with Airbeam technology to replace the poles and make them lighter to carry and easier to put up – especially good if you’re going to a festival by yourself. Solving two massive festival tent problems in one there!
There are a few powerglass poles, just to keep the canopies taut, and Vango have been working on improving the airflow to help you cope better with Britain’s scorching hot / freezing cold summer festivals.
Unfortunately they’re around £500 on Amazon, so I’ll have to save me pennies.
Click to find out more about the Thermarest Camping Chair on Amazon.
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If only these weren’t £70+ I would totally buy one. You can see why the Thermarest camping chairs have the price tag though, comfortable looking chairs that reduce to the size of a thermo flask – brilliant.
“Have just tried this out at home so far…but it goes together easily and is going to be a dream to pack” – Robert Ginger, Amazon
3. RFID Chips
Used at Creamfields, Download, Isle of Wight festival, and Reading and Leeds, RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification) mean no more long queues, slow entries, worry of losing the physical ticket or money.
RFID enabled devices are programmed to bring quick recognition once scanned, enabling faster entries for people and reducing the number of fake tickets at festivals. They also allow for contactless payments and enable fast transactions with bank cards or smart cards, as well as mobile phones and smart watches.
In a recent survey by Data label, they found that 48% of millennials prefer to use these ‘smart’ watch payments at festivals.
Powerbanks have been around for a good few years now, and so if you don’t have one for your phone for festivals, whadyya think your doin?!Don’t waste time queueing up to charge your phone, get your own, and get the best you can. You’ll want your phone to find your friends, for the torch, for the camera, the video and the festival app, guaranteed. I’ve had this Anker one for a few years now, but judging by its recent performance I think it’s on its way out. So, I’ve scoured Amazon for the highest rated, best sounding, best value powerbank, and I’ve decided on this Anker Powercore.
It charges your iPhone 5 times after a full charge, is light and compact and comes with a travel pouch, for £26.99. And, Anker is well known for being one of the best powerbank brands to buy. Over 1000 Amazon reviewers have given it 4.7 out of 5 – done.
Click to find out more about the Anker Powercore on Amazon.co.uk
5. Lifeproof case
Guaranteed your phone is gonna go through some trauma at a festival. Common phone ailments include: being dropped, being smashed into, being temporarily lost, touched with dirty hands, forgotten about, chucked around in your bag, etc. Give your phone a break and buy it a Lifeproof case.
They’ve been around for a good few years now – mainly for adventurous travellers – but I think they’re perfect for festival phone lovers so they’re making the list. Here’s the official lowdown…
“LifeProof case keeps your iPhone waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and drop proof, so you can live LifeProof. It protects iPhone’s Retina display with an integrated scratch protector. And, it goes further with full access to touch ID. Along with completely operational touch ID and touchscreen, every feature and function work seamlessly with this case – camera, flash, buttons, microphones and speakers. Every LifeProof case is built to stringent specifications, then tested to ensure maximum protection for your delicate device. Cases built to this spec survive the drops, vibrations and bumps your device encounters day to day.”
Click to find out more about the Lifeproof case on Amazon.co.uk.
6. BioLite Burning Camping Stove
I used to be well into cooking my own food at a festival, but carrying all the stuff to do it has turned me RIGHT off. Step up the BioLite Camping Stove, this handy apparatus runs on renewable biomass fuel which it then converts into electricity so you can charge your phone. It takes 4.5 minutes to boil a litre – perfect for your coffee and Pot Noodles, right?
“Superb item does what it says, quality build and although large takes up the same amount of room as a jet boil, without having the reliance of a gas canister. Yes as stated you have to keep adding fuel, but that’s the point of a burning fuel source.” – Raymond, Amazon
Amazon reviewers have given this little beauty 4.5 out of 5. Just to note though, you will need to provide some fuel for the fire, literally.
Click to find out more about the BioLite on Amazon.co.uk.
7. LUME Coffee Grinder
Y’know when you’re camping and you just cannot grind those coffee beans enough for the ultimate brew? Hmmm, me neither as I’m perfectly happy with a cup of Nescafe Gold, BUT I know for some people this would be an absolute dream. The LUME was funded from a Kickstarter campaign and now it actually exists in our world.
“LUME is a rechargeable travel burr coffee grinder that yields coffee shop grade grounds. It’s also a 150 Lumen bright camp light. At 22 ounces, LUME is the lightest auto-grinder on the market that delivers coffee shop quality grounds wherever you happen to take it. At full charge, LUME will grind enough for up to 50 cups.” – LUME website
They do worldwide delivery, but it looks like there’s a bit of a backlog right now so get your orders in quick.
8. Senner Music Pro Hearing Protection
I often come away from festivals with my ears ringing, but it’s only when I get home and I’m by myself that I realise. I usually just ignore that high pitch ringing in my ears, but as I get older and try to take more care of myself, and my hearing, I’m totally persuaded by these Senner Music Pro earplugs. I feel like I see more and more people wearing them at festivals.
KEEPS SOUND QUALITY of the music on concerts and festivals with our patented SennerAcousticPro membrane filters. Audio fidelity damping of loud music to keep the full spectrum of the sound. No dull blocking like foam material plugs.
ALMOST INVISIBLE AND PERFECT FITTING with triple slats which adapt to your ear and block harmful noises effectively. Transparent material allows an unobtrusive usage. Easy removable due to integrated pulling strap.
HYPOALLERGENIC MATERIAL SennerSoftTouch tested by independent German laboratories and suitable for long wearing. No itching or pressure pain. Ideal for full-day wearing at festivals and long band rehearsals.
EXQUISITE DURABLE ALUMINIUM BOX for key ring / – pendant or carabiner, to have your ear plugs always with you. Waterproof rubber ring protects your ear plugs from moisture, dust and other impurities.” – Amazon
Click to find out more about the Senner Ear Plugs on Amazon.co.uk.
9. Lazy bag
Remember a few years ago when everyone went crazy for those inflatable sofas you blew up with the wind? Well, these Lazy Bags are kind of an advancement of them. They’re comfortable, portable, lightweight and waterproof – perfect for our British music festivals.
Catch the wind, close it up, sit back and enjoy!
Click to find out more about the Lazy Bags on Amazon.co.uk.
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