The fun is soon to begin at Grant Park, and fortunately there’s an app to guide us through it all. The Official Lollapalooza 2012 App is packed with features to help you communicate, navigate and share your way through the experience. And unlike the much-loved Pitchfork 2012 App, Lolla’s mobile companion is available for both iOS and Android.
Lineup and Custom Schedule Builder
Take a look at the festival’s massive lineup according to day or stage, and click through for multimedia on each artist including bio, videos, website and Twitter feed. If you like what you see, share the act with friends via Twitter, Facebook, text or email then hit the star icon to add the act to your own custom daily schedule.
Use the Group Texting feature, run by the app GroupMe, to send messages and conference calls between groups of friends. Find friends via your contacts lists or by manually entering numbers, and the app sets up a group text that you can access via your phone’s regular texting app. The group texting function works with any phone that can send and receive text messages.
I think it’s safe to say that if you’ve been to a music festival, you’ve lost your friends at a musical festival. And finding them – well, it’s not the easiest task in the world. In case you’re that unfortunate soul that gets lost this year, remain calm and whip out the this handy map to share your exact location with friends. The Lolla map is also great for navigating the myriad of vendors – food, booze, camelback filling stations, et cetera.
The Experience tab functions as the festival’s social hub, where you’ll find links to Lolla’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter streams. There are also a few fun freebies like Lolla Radio and a Send a Postcard option, which lets you build a postcard using an image from your phone and a customized message. As a sponsor of the app, Hard Rock Hotel covers the postage cost so you can send your old school postcard to a friend for free.
Will you be using the Official Lollapalooza app this weekend? How do you think it compares to other festival apps like Pitchfork‘s?