We take a close look at the AmericanaFest 2016 app
This is a guest-contributed post from John Williams
The Americanafest 2016 App
The Americana Music Festival and Conference is fast approaching as we count down the days to September 20. The lineup has been announced, giving us a taste of what is yet to come this fall, but we’re still waiting on other details, including the education panels, exclusive events, and luncheons for members and non-members alike, which the Americana Music Association will announce by September 9 via the mobile App.
In an earlier post, there was a brief mention of the Americana Music Fest App and its significant improvement from last year’s app. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the app features so that you can make the most out of this handy tool leading up to and on the day of the festival.
The first thing you’ll notice—that is, if you downloaded the fest app last year—is the interface, which appears sleeker and easier to navigate, though there were never really any difficulties using the 2015 app. Despite some incomplete information from the conference portion of the week-long event, you can start creating your personal schedule so you have a general idea of the acts you’ll get to see every day, plotting your routes between venues, etc.
Since the lineup includes quite a few up and comers, the app also lets you know what events are gaining the most hype, in case you’d want to check them out as well (or exclude them from your schedule, if you’re trying to avoid too big of a crowd). Info on the venues, such as featured artists in exhibit halls and such, can be found on the Explore section, while the News and Social connection has similar content to the fest’s main website and social media posts using the #americanfest hashtag. You may also want to turn on notifications for the app to stay up to date with any last-minute changes for events.
Although you don’t necessarily need the app to have a good time at AmericanaFest, your phone will certainly provide you the means for optimum enjoyment. In the mobile app market, statistics reveal that music-related tools are progressively pushing their way to the top 10 most popular categories downloaded, according to Statista. From the growth of music streaming services like Tidal and Spotify to popular games on PocketFruity that are based on classic rock bands such as Guns N’ Roses as well as extensive festival guides to make our experiences better, our smartphones have given us the key to connect on our favorite artists on another level, discovering the latest news with just a couple of swipes and clicks, and gaining access to exclusive music events.
Just as they did last year, the Association has also compiled a Spotify playlist that has tracks from this year’s performers, so listen to it now to fully get into the Americana spirit.