So Ireland’s biggest and best music festival takes place this weekend. I am of course referring to Electric Picnic. So as you’ll know if you’re a festival veteran it takes a bit of planning and a lot of stamina to keep the fire burning for 3 days and nights. No sleep, dodgy toilets, dodgy food and enough alcohol to start a pop up bar from your tent.

Well as a long time festival goer I felt it was my duty to help you have a more pleasant zen like experience and of course not hold back on the partying. That’s what we’re all here for really, right? So I’ve put together a list of the best festival tech to help you get through the weekend like a big ravey Bear Gryls.

1 — Smart Phone

Ok so it’s not rocket science but this basically helps you find your friends, see who’s playing when & where, record the whole experience for social media to let everyone know you have a much better life than them. And most importantly to take the phone number of the new love of your life who’s name you’ll forget the next morning.

2 — Power Pack

So you’ve brought your smart phone but you’re gonna want to power up that bad boy! Don’t forget your power pack. Some of these are great and will fully charge the likes of an iPhone 6 but you get what you pay for so make sure to do a bit of research before buying. A good one will set you back about €15 and I find TK Max a great place to get one. This can also save you having to leave your phone in to charge. Just leave the power park in instead and you still have your phone to snapchat, what’s app and selfie your way to social media stardom.

3 — Portable Speaker

Let’s face it, you’ll be at your tent a lot more than you planned to be. Especially if you’re with a group. There’s always one person who’s difficult to ‘motivate’. No tent party is complete without tunes and your phone speaker just won’t cut it! You can pick up some great mini speakers for under €50 and most are now Bluetooth. Make sure it’s fully charged and if you can get one that also takes batteries, then even better. Party On!

4 — Headlamp / Torch

Yes your phone most likely has a torch but it’s not going to be as good as a proper torch or headlamp and you’re gonna want to preserve your battery. You will also have to get up to use the loo in the middle of the night after all that delicious booze. It gets dark so anything that can help drunken sleepy you from demolishing your tent or someone else’s as you negotiate your way is a must.

5 — Selfie Stick

If you don’t mind looking like a bit of a tool now and then accept no substitute! Love em or hate em you just can’t deny that the selfie stick is here to stay. Unless you’re a Jedi master it can be tricky trying to capture the perfect selfie moment without one and they are great for crowd shots as the stick will give you the extra elevation you need. Just don’t be that person who videos the whole performance on your phone while blocking everyone else’s view! You’re here to have fun and not make yet another YouTube video that nobody will watch!

So there it is. That’s all you need to get yourself through the weekend and make life a little easier for yourself. Unfortunately there’s no tech I know of that’ll help you get over the inevitable fear but that’s not gonna happen until you’re home so make the most of it and just go an have the time of your life. I know I will!

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