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Must-have apps for music festivals

Leah Yamshon | April 16, 2014
There's more to a music festival than just listening to the music. Use these apps to make any festival a weekend to remember.

There will be lots of photographic moments as the festival progresses, so make sure your smartphone has the best app possible to make the most of its built-in camera. VSCO Cam (free; iOS and Android) is an excellent choice.

VSCO Cam lets you set your area of focus by just a tap on the screen, which you can then pair with one of the app's ten presets--a filter-like feature that's a bit more elegant. You can then make other editing adjustments--like temperature, contrast, exposure, and rotation--and compare your edits to the original before sharing with the world. 

Festivals are the perfect place to discover new music. While you may love what you hear, learning the band name can be surprisingly difficult. Some stages don't have an updated schedule or indicate who is currently playing. You might be too far away from the stage to see the band's name, or you may have missed the introduction. In this case, use SoundHound (free; iOSAndroid, and Windows Phone) to fill in the gaps.

SoundHound is a great recognition app that listens to a song and matches it to a track in its database. The app will identify the band and the name of the song that the band is playing. It will then display more information, like where to purchase a recording of the track and the song's lyrics. It has singing and humming recognition, so it should work well in a live setting.  

You might want to consider recording video of moments you won't want to forget. For a solid all-in-one video recorder and editor that's easy as pie to use, try Lightt (free; iOS and Android). Lightt is perfect for a music festival, because you can shoot individual videos throughout the day and then stitch your favorite pieces together to create one beautiful compilation of shots. You can record video straight from within Lightt, or import video from your Camera Roll.

If you shoot with Lightt, you can add filters and editing effects while you record. You can also hold your phone in landscape orientation for wide shots, or in portrait orientation for square shots, and Lightt will automatically adjust the view to give your videos the best look.

Videos are stored in Lightt's social feed, which looks a lot like Instagram, but you can also share your videos with your other social media accounts. If your friends use Lightt, too, you can even create a group video of everyone's footage of the day.

Share your memories

When the festival wraps up, make sure you save and share all of your footage into one neatly organized spot. Dropbox recently launched Carousel  (free; iOS and Android), a new photo-managing app that automatically saves photos to your Dropbox account. It's also a great way to share your photos with friends: Create a collection of photos to share, and send them to friends within Carousel's messaging tool. Those photos will then save to your friends' Dropbox accounts, and any photos they share with you will save to your account, too.


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