Forget flipping through the pages of the Sydney Morning Herald to get updates on the latest party scene or even surfing the web for hours on what to do for the weekend. Information is now instantaneous and at your fingertips if you have an iPhone. I shamelessly admit that I am an application junkie with over 50 useless apps just waiting to be used at some point in time.
What I also am is a regular Saturday after-hours kind of girl who loves to be part of the scene. Combining these two great loves was easy and Sydney Party People and Bescene were downloaded.
Bescene On the most basic level, I like Bescene. Its name is catchy and makes a play on the words 'be', 'scene' and 'seen'. The application is free, which is always good news. The interface is clean and in black and white with minimal design. So far so good.
The menu at the bottom features a 'MyScene' section which allows you to save your favorite clubs, a 'Tonight' section for events happening that night, a 'Search' and a 'Vade Mecum' section which ideally is supposed to function as some sort of handbook or guidebook but in this case, I am not entirely sure. The application has a nice way of presenting the events. Event posters are pre-loaded and you can select the ones you want. Selecting the poster immediately gives the viewer more information about the party.
The best part about this application is that it also has the Melbourne party scene included, so if you can use one handy application for both cities. The application is free. Overall - 9/10
Sydney Party People
This is a decent application with a very vibrant interface and its bright pink icon will make sure that you find it very quickly on the phone. The application is divided into 'Party News', 'Events', 'Tuneage' and 'Sydney Venues'. I hardly ever read the section on Party News, mainly because I'll save the news reading for next morning when I have a cup of tea in one hand and the SMH in the other. Other than that, I like the Events page which is a good list of all the upcoming events around the city. My only gripe is the regularity of content updates.
The application has a general list of venues and their contact details around the city which I found immensely helpful. However, I got the feeling that the developers had tried to cram too much into one application, not to mention its gaudy design. Despite these minor setbacks, I will still keep using it. The application is free.
I gave Bescene a better rating mainly because I like the minimalist tone to it as well as its easy navigation, unless you like heaps of information, constant news streams and add-ons, then I would suggest the latter.