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Visitors to this year's Download festival may not need to worry about having wallets stolen/dropped/lost and trampled on in a mosh pit, provided plans for cashless wristbands go through.
Promoters are currently considering issuing the device (which we're going to assume uses NFC (Near Feild Communications Wristband) to festival goers to encourage them not to carry cash, allowing purchases of food and drink with a simple flick of the wrist.
It can be topped up online (or apparently you can get your mum to do it from home, just make sure you don't ask too loudly) and there's even the possibility that a wristband could be programmed to differentiate between food and drink payments, so you don't end up spending your last few quid on a beer if you haven't eaten for 24 hours.
We think it'd a great idea, but apparently the water will be tested on fans forums before it gets the green light and there's no information on how much this thing would cost, or whether it would be covered in the festival fee. - Paul Lester
Mobile telecoms firm O2 is launching a trial of near field communications (NFC) technology at a music festival later this month that will see select guests given a crystal-studded wristband embedded with the contactless technology.
"The potential benefits of NFC technology to music festivals are enormous," says Amanda Jennings, head of sponsorship and interactive partnerships, O2 UK. "Not only in regard to mobile ticketing but also in terms of saving money through administration, and potentially even the end of cash at festivals."
Are the punters and artist alike going to voice any opposition against this?