Wireless Festival to go cashless

This year’s Barclaycard Wireless Festival will implement a contactless payment system using electronic wristbands, reports eventmagazine.co.uk.

The annual festival, which has previously used cash systems much like every other festival in the UK, will now offer festival-goers a new way to pay by handing out a Barclaycard PayBand.

The PayBand, which is a specifically designed wristband, allows the holder to pay for goods and services costing up to £20 thanks to contactless technology. Furthermore, the user doesn’t even have to enter a PIN or a name.

It’s a service that has been mooted for rock haven Download Festival in recent years and, if proven successful, could be utilised at many indoor event venues in the future.

Tom Gregory, head of digital payments at Barclaycard, spoke to t3.com about the new system: “We are immensely proud to be the first to go completely contactless and offer the choice of a cashless experience… we’re really excited by the possibilities Barclaycard PayBand offers as a wearable, secure and easy way to pay when you’re out and about at the festival.

“Alongside QuickTap and Barclaycard PayTag, we’re exploring the versatility that contactless offers as an alternative to cash,” he added.

This year’s instalment of Wireless will be headlined by dance hero Deadmau5, hip-hop artist Drake and global pop superstar Rihanna.