Music festivals have long been a way for music lovers to get together and celebrate the change of sound. From the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 to SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, which has hundreds of music reporters and photographers flocking to cover it today, nothing much has changed about what festivals represent, other than the lineups, which change to reflect the alternating tastes of what's popular among the modern generation.

But festivals have also become more and more digitalized experiences for concert-goers, with some of the biggest names (and even some of the less-destination-esque ones) in the game coming out with interactive apps to enhance and personalize the experience, some allowing people to build their own schedule, some with maps, and some with games-- among other features.

This year, Osheaga festival in Montreal released a special interactive map game to celebrate its 10-year anniversary. Called The Road To Osheaga, the app was a game designed to let potential concert-goers find out part of the Osheaga lineup before the official announcement. This was an interesting was to excite people about the lineup-- more so than they already were, and allowed a sneak peek preview that encouraged some people to even participate in the "pay to win" option that the app offered.

Another festival that chose to hop on the interactive apps bandwagon is Bonnaroo, with its 2015 festival app that expanded from iPads and iPhones over to Androids, allowing even non-Apple users a chance to experience the festival in a new way. The app is multi-functional, permitting users make their own schedules, share them with friends, read and catch up on official festival news, share their location through Facebook with users and even livestream some shows. "The Bonnaroo group experience has just gotten even better," the app description on iTunes brags. It's not enough to text your friend to hang out or to hold a paper map and schedule anymore-- there's an app for that.

But the biggest player in digital and interactive media in festival going is still, by far, South by Southwest. A key participant in the holy trinity of American musical festivals, SXSW has always been more than just a music festival. The event focuses largely on music, but also has film showcases and interactive elements to it, which push talks about innovation and new startups. Therefore it makes sense for SXSW to have a more intense and user-friendly app for their festival-- rather than that of the simple one from Coachella, which offers only the basic things for the festival-going experience (lineup, schedule, and the option to look at Instagram photos from the event).

Like Bonnaroo and Osheaga's apps, SXSW pushed its creation out on multiple platforms, building not only a loyal fanbase of Apple fanboys and collectors, but opening its doors to Android holders as well. But instead of using Facebook as a location service connector, SXSW GO created SXSocial, a separate social media network just for people attending the festival. Using the SXSW GO app, attendees could use their new profiles and accounts to connect with not only their friends on Facebook who might be attending, but with anyone who had the app, creating essentially limitless opportunities for meet ups, friendships, and concert-going experiences. Concert-going in the digital age has changed a lot of things. Instead of lighters at show, people throw up their iPhones, and there's always a new blog post up somewhere that's just someone yelling into the abyss about show etiquette, and how "kids these days" are too engrossed by technology, staring at the world through a screen and taking photos instead of appreciating the live music before them.

Perhaps that's true, at least in some aspects. That being said, music festivals offer concert-goers and music-lovers a completely new experience from the regular shows they might attend, and the new change in technology and introduction of mobile apps only heightens the experience. While festivals like Woodstock and the earliest Glastonbury Festivals would not have had apps or ways to connect with other attendees (other than, well, actually speaking to them), the presence of technology and interactivity in music festivals today has only heightened and improved the experience, especially for festivals known to celebrate tech and innovation as well as music, like SXSW and NXNE. From day-long band showcases like Warped Tour, which collects all the punk rock and pop punk-loving misfits from nearby areas in one field for the day to high-end, big production, three-day long celebrations like Lollapalooza and the formidable, double weekend slot of Coachella. Like music tastes that change abruptly over time, the festival experience is bound to improve and expand as technology becomes more and more ever-present in people's daily lives.