Wakestock Festival 2012 trials electronic wristbands

Welsh festival makes every fan wear microchip devices for the first time

Electronic wristbands have been used at a UK festival for the first time

The devices, which are fitted with microchips similar to London’s Oyster card system, were worn by everyone at the Wakestock festival in North Wales over the weekend, reports BBC Newsbeat.

The system has been used on a small pocket of festival goers at the Isle Of Wight and the recent Red Hot Chili Peppers gig at Knebworth. But this is the first time every fan has had to wear one in the UK.

Revellers, who are scanned in and out of areas at the site through turnstiles or hand-held devices, can pre-load the wristbands with money to pay for food and drink, and check into social networks.

Organisers at the event, which this year was headlined by Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal and Ed Sheeran, are also able to monitor how many festival-goers are onsite.

Glastonbury festival organiser Michael Eavis has previously expressed an interest in introducing electronic wristbands at future events and Reading And Leeds Festivals boss Melvin Benn also told NME earlier this year that he is keen to introduce the system at some stage.

He said:

I’m certainly going to look at the electronic wristband there is no doubt about that at all.

Benn added: “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 its normal.”

Foo Fighters, The Cure and Kasabian will headline this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals over the weekend of August 24-26.