Festival season is upon us. Maybe you've scored tix to every one, or maybe this year you'll be sitting on the sidelines and missing out on seeing the Ed Sheerans and Katy Perrys of this world. The good news is, no matter where you are, your smartphone can turn you into a musical genius. Or at least give you access to some pretty cool karaoke apps. These are the ones you'll want to download ASAP.

Remember the days where you could go to a festival and sing and scream to your heart’s content without all of your friends turning into the judges from the X Factor?

While Snapchat and Instagram have undoubtedly made our lives more beautiful, informed, selfie and cat-filled, they’ve also come with a harsh reality check. We’re talking about the unintentional sing-a-long that comes with filming your favourite band from the crowd.

Yes, friend, you really do sound that bad. BUT, fear not. With festival season here, we have a revision plan that will take you from Zero (7) to (Gym Class) Hero (P.S. It works even if you couldn’t score tix to Glasto this year).

Enter: karaoke apps. Not only will these babies help you escape from festival shame, they’re also perfect for quiet evenings, after-parties, quiet moments in the loo, nights in, nights out, and just about any time you feel like getting your sing on. Who needs to splash out £100 on a festival when you can star in your own show, whenever, wherever? And who knows, maybe with enough practice, you’ll be headlining (somewhere) soon…

Oh, and if you’re heading to a festival and need to turn your phone into a boombox, you’ve come to the right place: don’t miss our step-by-step vid to see just how to turn your phone into a party-ready sound system.


Karaoke – Sing Karaoke, Unlimited Songs! By Yokee

If the popular vote is taken into account, the Yokee app is certainly a winner. With over 65 million users, this app offers a purported unlimited song catalogue and allows you to sing, record, and share your performances with friends, family, and unsuspecting group chats.


Download from iTunes and Google Play


Lucky Voice Karaoke

The Lucky Voice app has functionality on its side, offering plenty of features to play with. You can build playlists of your favourite songs and sync the app to your Apple TV, making it perfect for parties and bigger groups.

If you’re looking to take your karaoke practice to the next level, they also offer The Lucky Voice Karaoke Kit, where for £60 you can get a microphone mixer, a snazzy metal microphone and assorted cabling accoutrements.

The app counts Cara Delevingne as a fan so if you want to karaoke like a supermodel then this is one of those karaoke apps, get downloading.


Download for a one-week free trial and continue with the £1.49/week subscription to access the full catalogue on iTunes


The Voice: On Stage

If you fancy yourself a star in the making, get one step closer to stardom with this hit-making app. Sing and record music videos and share them with the community. Their voice enhancement tech can help you ‘fake it ‘til you make it’ and you can even play coach to other aspiring singing sensations. There’s even a ‘Collab’ feature so you can find the Sonny to your Cher.


Download from iTunes and Google Play


Voloco: Auto Voice Tune Harmonizer and Karaoke

Fancy yourself a Bon Iver or Daft Punk super fan? Get the full experience of singing your favourite songs with this auto tune karaoke app that will process and enhance your voice in real time. Bring on the robot harmonies. A must for fans of Garage Band.


Download  from iTunes and Google Play



Not strictly a karaoke app, this is nevertheless an essential, which allows you to make music vids. Most importantly, you can share them with everyone (whether or not they’re ready for your punk rendition of the Moana soundtrack).


Download from iTunes and Google Play



Smule Sing

Not only will this app let you record and share your dulcet tones with a community of over 50 million users, you can also duet with your favourite artists including Kylie Minogue, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Shawn Mendes. One of those Karaoke apps that let you sing along to Disney classics, musical soundtracks, and karaoke faves from the likes of Toni Braxton, Gloria Gaynor, and Queen and you’ll be festival-ready in no time.


Download from iTunes and Google Play

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