When the weather’s warm, the last thing you want is to stay cooped up in your house, listening to the music coming from your earbuds. Enjoying music at an outdoor festival is a whole different experience that every music-lover should try.
If you’re preparing for a music festival, you might have no idea what to bring. You have a tent and some foldable chairs, but what about some tech to keep you sane?
While music festivals are fun on their own, these essential music festival tech gadgets will make them even better.
Although you’ll get to listen to music during the entire festival, you might have some downtime while the musicians prepare to go on stage. In that case, you need some music to fill in that dreaded silence. Pack a portable Bluetooth speaker to hear your favorite playlist on-the-go.
Clever Bright’s Bluetooth Speaker will give your music style—its LEDs dance in seven different colorful patterns. If you get tired of your speaker’s look, simply hit the M button to change its gradient.
HD sound quality paired with a 2000mAh battery makes for a crisp and lengthy listening experience. Plus, you can even use the built-in mic to answer calls.
When you’re at a music festival, you’ll be far removed from an outlet—you definitely don’t want to pull out your phone to take a video, only to find that it has no power. That’s why a portable charger is a must during festivals.
This Anker PowerCore Portable Charger has enough power to charge an iPhone X or a Samsung Galaxy S9 three times. It also automatically detects each device, allowing it to deliver a speedy charge to any kind of electronic, including Android or Apple phones, headphones, cameras, and tablets. Pack this durable device in your backpack; it’s so light that you won’t even know its there.
I know it sounds counterintuitive to bring noise-canceling headphones to a music festival, but when you’re there for hours on end, you’ll thank me. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones integrate with Bose AR, an audio augmented reality app. That way, you can adjust the level of noise cancellation right from your smartphone—unfortunately, this app is only available for iOS.
It comes with 20 hours of battery life, making it the perfect pair of headphones to last you throughout the entire music festival. Use these headphones with Alexa, and you can start playing music without laying a finger on your phone.
If you want to know more before making a purchase, take a look at our review of the Bose QuietComfort 35 II headphones.
You can’t go to a music festival without coffee. Sure, you can take a quick trip to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts, but you don’t want to miss out on any of the action at the festival. Bring along the Aicok Travel Coffee Maker to brew a fresh cup of coffee right from where you’re sitting.
This portable coffee brewer is compact enough to fit in a backpack. With a single press of its button, it heats up and brews your coffee in just a few minutes. Just make sure to charge it before the festival—if you forget, you can charge it in your car as well.
Why take awkward group photos with your phone, when you can just use a selfie stick instead? Use this Fugetek Bluetooth Selfie Stick to take stable photos and videos of you and your friends enjoying the live music. The stick itself extends to 49-inches long, capturing all the essential details in the background.
You can use Fugetek’s Selfie Stick with any type of phone, no matter how thick its case. Better yet, it comes with a Bluetooth remote that holds a charge for up to 300 hours. Toggle the zoom and shutter controls right from the remote too.
You’re probably wondering why you’d want to invest in walkie talkies when you have your cell phone. Walkie talkies give you instant access to communication. Depending on where your festival is located, you might not have great cellular service, making walkie talkies a smart choice for you and your squad.
The Arcshell Two-Way Walkie Talkies give you a superior range of up to five miles, enabling you to chat with your friends through its high-quality speaker and microphone. If you use the walkie talkies sparingly, expect them to run up to 96 hours on one charge.
Using the flashlight feature on your phone drains its battery. A solar-powered lantern is a much more practical and power-saving choice when you need some bright lighting. The LuminAID PackLite Terra Solar Lantern is made for portability—collapse it to easily fit it in your purse or backpack, and inflate it when you need some light during the nighttime events at the festival.
Leave the lantern out in the sun the day before your event to enjoy 24 hours of light. The five adjustable brightness settings give you the ability to find the perfect lighting for any purpose.
Make instant memories with your friends with the Fujifilm Instax Mini Camera. Instead of spending the time and money on printing out your photos at home, take an instant camera along to get physical photos right after you take them.
This camera may have old-fashioned technology, but it still comes with convenient features such as a selfie mirror, built-in flash, auto exposure, brightness adjustment, and 20 different lens attachments (including macro).
Have you ever seen those videos of rave-goers holding lights on strings, and dancing with them in the dark? Those are called poi balls, and they’re a neat addition to any music festival (especially when the sun goes down). Even if you aren’t acquainted with poi balls, it’s easy to use them—simply spin them to the beat!
The EmazingLights Poi Balls are a great entry-level set of lights. Choose from 20 different colors and 12 patterns. They’ll last for five to 12 hours on a full charge.
Summer music festivals get hot fast. The TOPUSER Cell Phone Fan may be small, but it’s still powerful enough to give you a refreshing breeze. Since it plugs into your phone, it runs out of power when your phone does (and when you have a portable charger, your phone shouldn’t run out of power at all).
This specific cell phone fan fits only the USB Type-C or microUSB port that’s found on Android phones.
Making the Most of a Music Festival
Kick off the summer with an awesome music festival, and don’t forget to bring some of these gadgets to make your experience even more enjoyable.
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