Festivalgoers will be going cashless for their on-site spending at Mysteryland USA this Memorial Day weekend as a pre-loaded electronic funds system will replace traditional cash.
An announcement from Mysteryland’s owner, SFX Entertainment, explains that all purchases will be made through a sensor-operated wristbands that can be filled beforehand or during the festival itself with cash, credit cards, debit cards, or can be programmed to refill automatically as depleted. Chips left on the account are refunded at the end. The Radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristband tech comes from Intellitix, who also supplies the scanning wristbands for events like Coachella and Electric Zoo.
The first-ever Mysteryland on US soil will also be the first major American festival to implement such a system, which SFX claims will improve security, shorten vendor lines, and reduce theft. Transactions involving non-sanctioned “vendors” will undoubtedly still occur, as cash will still be allowed into the festival.
Mysteryland goes down May 24-25 at the Bethel Woods, NY site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Check out the full lineup and get tickets here.