Festival app review: Download Festival 2011
We try out the iPhone application
The Download 2011 app is a free digital survival guide to the festival for
your smartphone. It has everything you could possibly need to know; from band times to travel info
and a map of the Donington site.
The app's central and most useful feature is the 'Line-Up', where you can view each day's performance timetable with stage times. You can view this stage by stage or, more effectively, all together which allows you to choose between the five or six bands playing in the same timeslot across the arena.
The 'My Schedule' feature allows users to add bands to a personal planner by 'favouriting' acts from the listings by simply selecting a star next to their name. This automatically sorts those performances in to your own personal diary for the weekend. The pissed up or just plain forgetful festival fan can even set reminders to ensure they don't miss a single song from their favourite band on an ill-timed burger stop or beer run.
While personal timetable features are a useful and welcome advancement in efficient festival-going, app maps are unnecessary and impractical. The screen is too small to view the site as a whole and zooming in and out gets fidgety. It is also a big battery killer, especially with location finding software turned on; if you are lost, the last thing you want is a dead phone too. Save your battery; ask a steward, arrange meeting points, get hold of a real map; or just learn your way around, you lazy app-generation slacker!
Other features on the Download app include an 'Info' page with travel details, including lift-share, train and bus schedules and a journey planner. There's also practical festival advice, including what to bring, food and drink, campsite facilities and safety and security guides.
A 'News and Social' page offers a news feed with all the latest announcements to verify those pesky festival rumours as well as a and a photo sharing feature for fans to show off weird and wonderful sights beheld around Donington Park.
The extensive features mean that the app runs a little slow and there are a few tabs to get through for some of the information. It does have user-friendly layout and the 'My Schedule' feature is worth the download alone - the app is free after all! Give it a download today and arrange your Download diary in the comfort of your living room; one important piece of organisation in a weekend of chaos.
To get the app, search for 'Download Festival' now!
Def Leppard, System Of A Down and Linkin Park headline Download Festival 2011, which takes place from 10-12 June at Donington Park.
Tickets are on sale now, priced at £180 for a weekend ticket with five days camping, £170 for a weekend ticket with three days camping and £145 for a weekend-only ticket.
Click here to buy Download Festival Tickets.