How to Use Our 2018 Mobile App

This year’s AMERICANAFEST® will be one of the best yet! There are more than 250 participating artists and countless special events all throughout Nashville for the week of Sept. 11-16, so you're going to need more than a wrinkly folded-up brochure to keep things together.

Build your own schedule with our 2018 AMERICANAFEST® app. You can find the artist showcases you’d like to see, attend the conference panels that peak your interests and easily locate nearby essentials like parking options and even groceries to help you get back on your way to enjoying the festival.

With the app, you can also easily rate and review your favorite events as well as easily post to social media.

What are you waiting for? Go ahead and download the app from the App Store or Google Play.
When you open the app for the first time, make sure to allow GPS location services and turn on notifications for optimal performance. You can also link to your social media accounts and filter the type of notifications you wish to receive.
On the home page, you’ll see seven different sections: the “Map,” “Schedule,” “Explore,” “News & Social,” our “Spotify Playlist,” “Partners” and an “Enter to Win” contest. You’ll even see a countdown to the start of the festival.
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Tap on the “Map” section to see a layout of Nashville and the entire festival. Filter the map to only see the items you need. Each colored pin means something different: red is for venues, yellow is for the exhibit hall, blue is for essentials and orange is for your own saved pins.

After tapping on a colored pin, iPhone users can select “GO” to acquire directions to this designated location and Android users can select their map app on the bottom right - see images above.

We here at AMERICANAFEST® know that your time is precious, so the “Schedule” section will be key to your festival experience. Check the “Lineup” tab to see a comprehensive list of showcasing artists with when and where they’re performing.

You can use the search bar in the "Lineup" and "Schedule" tabs to quickly find the acts and events you’re looking for. Each artist will have links to their website and social media.

AMERICANAFEST® is all about helping you discover your next favorite artist. This year, we've integrated Spotify so you can link to your own account and listen to artists' music within our app to see if you'd like to add them to your schedule.

Pro Tip: Creating your own schedule is as easy as creating a playlist. While in the “Schedule” or "Lineup" tab, tap on any artist or event listing and hit the “+” sign to add it to your schedule.
On the "Schedule" tab, tap “When” to view which events are scheduled for each day.

Under the “Where” tab, you’ll be able to see a complete venue list. When you tap on a venue listing, not only will you see who'll be performing there, but you can hit “About” to learn more about the venue, including things like any age requirements, seating info, available parking, food options and its overall vibe. 
Just looking for showcases? No problem! Or maybe you just want to find special events and panels? You're all set! The “Type” tab lets you filter events to display what matters most to you.

Not sure where all the action is going to be? Discover which events are most popular by using the “What’s Hot” tab.

Pro Tip: Under the “What’s Hot” tab, you can view how many people are planning to attend which events. If you see that a lot of attendees have scheduled one of your "can't miss" events, try comparing the venue's capacity with the number of attendees that have scheduled the event to gauge how early you should plan to arrive.

While in the “Schedule” and “My Schedule” tabs, you can tap on the upper right-hand corner to view events in a grid format for a more detailed look at a timeline.

Have some extra time in between shows? Tap “Explore” to view the conference exhibit hall, its vendors and more.

Under the “Exhibit Hall” tab, you’ll be able to find industry vendors and organizations that have come out to show their support for the community and the world of Americana music. Tap a vendor listing to view what an organization's about along with their booth number. Exhibit hall info will be loaded into the app by Sept. 1.

You can also check out what's listed in the “Edge of AMERICANAFEST®” section. Throughout the festival week, show your AMERICANAFEST® Conference Registration or Festival Wristband at participating retailers listed in this section to receive a special discount.

Use the “Essentials” tab to find the nearest parking lot, grocery store or pharmacy. There are also links to several ride services like Lyft and Joyride to help you get where you need to go in a timely manner.

Pro Tip: For those who are new to the festival, don’t forget to check out our handy First Timer’s Guide, found here or in the “Essentials” tab on the app, for all you need to know so you can make the most out of your experience.
Read up on the latest updates and check out what people are saying about our event under the “News & Social” section. Under the “Social” tab, you can tap on trending hashtags to view posts on Twitter and Instagram. Share your favorite moments with us using the hashtag #AMERICANAFEST.

If you find yourself having questions like “Where can I purchase a wristband?” or “What can I attend with my Conference Registration?”, our “FAQ” tab is also pretty darn helpful, too.
As we mentioned, you can log into your Spotify account within our app to listen to music from artists you'd might like to see. Be sure to follow our official AMERICANAFEST® 2018 playlist on Spotify for the latest good stuff as well.
The “Partners” section is dedicated to the organizations who are proud supporters of this year’s festival. Tap any logo to visit that company’s website and check 'em out.
The “Enter to Win” contest section is just that. Fill out the form and share your favorite AMERICANAFEST® memory for a chance to win a 2019 Gold Circle Package! (Ooooh.)
It cannot be stated enough that there is no shortage of events at this year’s festival. We’ve included so many amazing artists to hear, panels to attend and special events to experience in such a small amount of time that we hope you use the app and its resources to better schedule your week.

Most importantly, we hope you enjoy your time at AMERICANAFEST®!

Final Pro Tip: If you haven't already, go download the app.