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.