With just one week to go until 40,000+people descend on a field in Stadbally, Co. Laois for Electric Picnic, we’ve counted down our top eight tech ‘must-haves’ to make sure a dead or wet phone doesn’t get in the way of rocking out to Blur or bopping along to Florence.
No.8: The action recorder
Nobody wants to be that annoying person that films an entire gig on an iPad or phone – the quality is always terrible and no one will want to watch it back.
But get your hands on the GoPro HERO Action Camcorder
and all your friends who couldn’t make it down to Stadbally will revel in watching your EP adventure in stunning HD.
No.7: The instant framer
Sure we’ve all got cameras on our smartphones now but if you’re someone that misses printing out your favourite memories from festivals or the thrill of using an old-school Polaroid camera, feast your eyes on the FUJIFILM Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera
Available in a range of colours and weighing just 300 grams, the Instax Mini 8 will instantly print out credit card-sized shots for you to keep for yourself or give to your friends.
No.6: The campsite hero
Keep the party going into the wee hours with the Targus Bluetooth Speaker
. Connect your phone or iPod via Bluetooth and dance around the campsite to your heart’s content for up to eight hours ... you might need to run this by your camping neighbours first though!
No.5: The pocket Wi-Fi
Concerned about spending an entire weekend off Facebook? What if your sister gets engaged and you don’t find out until Tuesday?! Pop a mobile broadband device
in your rucksack and be the envy of your Wi-Fi starved camping buddies.
No.4: The Bluetooth breathalyzer
It’s Monday morning and you’re about to hop into the car to get back to reality, but you’re concerned about those last few pints from the night before. To make sure you’re never over the limit pop the very handy BACTRACK Vio Smartphone Breathalyzer
on your keychain before you go.
Compatible with most iPhone and Android devices, the Vio features an advanced microcheck sensor to provide accurate BAC (blood alcohol content) readings. Simply blow into the mouthpiece for five seconds and the breathalyzer wirelessly syncs to your device via Bluetooth and shows your results on your phone screen.
No.3: The handy handset
Does the thought of losing your brand new smartphone at this year’s EP make you break out into a cold sweat? Worry not; pick up the Samsung Keystone 2
for under €20 – and get €30 free credit with the phone if you sign up now on iD – and you’re sorted for the entire weekend!
No.2: The essential app
Trouble finding that two-man navy tent in the sea of navy tents? This app should come in handy. Available now for free on the Google Play Store for Android
, the Festival Buddy allows you to use GPS to mark various locations on the festival site – i.e. your tent, the main stage, your friends – so you can easily find your way back to your tent after a long night, or high-tail it over to the main stage from the Other Voices stage with time to spare.
And finally …
No.1: The lifesaving charger
Your phone is on 1% battery and your friend is trying to call to say he’s spotted your childhood hero in the crowd … disaster. Prevent a lifetime of regret with the Kit Universal 2000 mAh Power Bank Emergency Charger
. Pocket-sized for extra portability, connect your phone and you’re good to go.
If you're heading down to EP next weekend remember stay safe and have fun!