The "UK Entertainment Venues" app includes over 730 individual entries, comprising more than 500 theatres (including London's West End), over 130 music festivals planned for 2013 and a comprehensive section for live comedy venues. Separate country specific applications focusing solely on music festivals have been released for USA/Canada (USCAFest, over 250 entries), Australia (AusFest, with more than 120 events) and NZFest featuring all known New Zealand music festivals. Each application benefits from free regular updates, as information is updated and the next season's music festival calendar becomes available.
Each event or location is provided with full address and contact details (including a website link), and interactive mapping calculates exact routes, directions and journey times from the user's current location. There's a facility to add dates and times into the iPhone calendar, and each location has a helpful weather forecast so festival clothing can be planned accordingly!
Commenting on these new applications, Quira's Project Manager Pat Davies commented "We created these handy iPhone apps following our own experiences of struggling to find remote rural festival sites, and after a long night's dancing not being able to remember where the tent was pitched! We've taken time to listen to festival-goers and live music fans, and have incorporated all the features that they said that they would find useful during their busy festival season".
Davies continues: "Across the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand there are many hundreds of great music festivals taking place, and if our apps can help people to enjoy the music and atmosphere more by removing the stressful parts of their weekend, then we'll be happy that it's all been a worthwhile exercise".
Quira's range of iPhone apps can be viewed at http://www.quira.co.uk or search for "Quira Limited" on iTunes.