5 Must-Have Apps for Coachella

Published On March 28, 2013 | App & Software

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is considered one of the biggest annual festivals on the West Coast. As a camping extravaganza featuring a plethora of musicians, artists, installations and attractions, Coachella represents the pinnacle of art and music exploration. With 2013’s fast-approaching outdoor exposition just around the corner, careful planning and last minute preparation are vital. All explorers should embark on their sensory journey equipped with these must-have apps to maximize their Coachella experience and prepare themselves for obstacles each festivalgoer is sure to encounter.

Official Coachella app

The Official Coachella app is the most fundamental mobile tool for any Coachella attendee. The annually released app will connect to users’ Coachella.com accounts allowing them to synchronize and update their personal Coachooser artist lineup. Important festival information can also be viewed in the app such as maps of the concert and campgrounds, schedules and event info.

The Official Coachella app is soon to be released and will be freely available for both iPhone and Android devices.


Navigating through the vast campgrounds back to a campsite at the end of a long day can be overwhelmingly confusing. zLocation solves this problem by letting users place a GPS marker at a chosen location on the map. These locations can be named, saved and shared with others via SMS, email, Facebook and Twitter. These markers will help festivalgoers find their way back to important locations such as a campsite or a meet-up spot. Shared markers can even be opened with Google Maps if friends don’t have the zLocation app.

zLocation is available for free on the Google Play store and the Apple App Store.

Flashlight apps

In the darkness of a desert night a flashlight is one of the most important tools to have. Luckily there are a variety of free apps that will turn a phone into a flashlight by turning on the phone’s camera flash. There are plenty to pick from such as Flashlight by iHandy Inc. This particular flashlight app is unique in having a compass built right into the user interface for navigation. It also has a strobe and SOS mode for signaling to others.

Flashlight by iHandy Inc. is available for free on the Google Play store and the Apple App Store.


Discovering new music is one of the best aspects of going to a music festival like Coachella. The Shazam app identifies a song’s title and artist by listening to audio through a device’s microphone and testing the waveform against a database of recognized music. Once the track has been identified, its tag conveniently links to purchase links as well as social sharing of the song.

The free version of Shazam is available on the Google Play store and the Apple App Store.


Capturing each unique moment at Coachella is of upmost importance to newbies and veterans alike. Standard photos and videos are nice but 360-degree panoramas are nothing short of spectacular. Microsoft’s Photosynth is an intuitive panorama app that allows users to take up to full spherical photos with precise control over each individual shot that is stitched together. Each panorama can be interactively viewed with 3-D panning or auto-cropped and saved for a polished composition.

Photosynth is available for free on the Apple App Store.

These are just a few of the endless apps available that will take the Coachella experience to the next level. Perhaps some of the best apps for Coachella may be alternative apps that can be used in clever ways to supplement a music festival journey. Share helpful apps and ideas with others to make this year’s Coachella a memory of a lifetime.

Which tried and true apps got you through past Coachellas?

— By Andrew Flores

Andrew Flores is the Editor-in-Chief of AmplifiedAccess.com and a music technology connoisseur. Follow him on Twitter at @andrewjflo.



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