If you love music festivals then iFestival is a promising app that you should keep an eye on. Even though it was just released September 9, this iPhone app for music-lovers and concert-goers already feels polished and ready for the masses.
It's only downside right now is obscurity. Because it is a brand new app, iFestival only has 3 events in it's database. Let's gloss over the emptiness and talk about features because once iFestival takes off I am sure the selection will improve.
iFestival has all the important stuff when it comes to planning your trip to a multi-day event. After choosing an event, you can browse by artist, get an overview of the schedule by date, look for nearby lodging and see a list of planned vendors. This is all important information if you're trying to map out your plan to see acts on several different stages throughout the day or decide whether that "hot new artist" is really worth trekking to the other side of the venue.
Speaking of artists. This section of the app does a great job of integrating information. Browse by artist and click any name to be taken to that artist's individual page where you'll find a bio and photo along with list of their scheduled appearance and a link to iTunes so you can listen song samples.
The folks over at TourDataBase.com have even more in store for the next version of iFestival.
"Version 2 will include the ability to build your own itinerary for the festival you are attending giving the user the ability to scroll through, pick the acts and shows they want to see and then have those placed in their own handy and personal itinerary."
iFestival is a great beginning to a music app for iPhone that has the potential to become the go-to planning software for festival-goers everywhere. I can also see it being a great tool for music lovers that want to discover new bands. If Bumbershoot was included in iFestival I could spend hours browsing their upcoming bands looking for the next big thing to come out Seattle.
I realize iFestival is mainly focused on music. But, I would also like to see the vendor area expanded. I hope that festival promoters take advantage of this section to include indie crafters and artists with links to their websites.
Overall, I'm really excited about iFestival and will be watching closely to see how the app grows.