New electronic wristbands to be considered for use at Glastonbury 2013 and other UK festivals after trial at Wakestock festival in North Wales

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Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Evais is considering using electronic wristbands for Glastonbury 2013 after the oyster-card like system was used at the Wakestock festival in North Wales last weekend.

The wristbands, which allow the wearer to pre-load it with money, can use it to pay for food, be scanned in and out of turnstiles and check into social networks.

Organisers say the wristbands help monitor how many people are on site.

Melvin Benn, Reading and Leeds festival’s boss, has also declared interest in the system.

“It is the way forward that’s for sure. I’ve got a cashless festival in Norway similar to Reading And Leeds and people don’t bat an eyelid there, they think it’s normal.”

However, on a scale of Glastonbury with over 70’000 people, how will the price of the wristband differ from the standard paper ticket? Presumably the cost will be higher, but the benefit of having to not use cash is certainly worth the extra money.

Benn also may be ready to use the system in this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, which has Foo Fighters, Kasabian and The Cure headlining over the weekend 24th-26th August.

Dylan Burns

2 comments

  • Bullshit. Higher cost is NOT worth it, the price of these festivals is already WAY to high. “Benn” is making TONS of cash on these festivals, if you are already in major profit how can you justify adding extra cost on top to add something that is going to save you more money. Monitoring people gives you market research data to sell and more control over stopping intruders/ fake ticket users.

  • Bullshit. Higher cost is NOT worth it, the price of these festivals is already WAY to high. “Benn” is making TONS of cash on these festivals, if you are already in major profit how can you justify adding extra cost on top to add something that is going to save you more money. Monitoring people gives you market research data to sell and more control over stopping intruders/ fake ticket users.

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