PlayPass to deliver fourth cashless Standon Calling

Standon Calling has appointed PlayPass for its RFID cashless payment system at this year’s event.

The Hertfordshire-based festival, which takes place this weekend (29-31 July), was the first UK festival to adopt cashless technology in 2013.

New for 2016 is the ability for festivalgoers to top-up funds on site, as well as register for automatic top-ups throughout the festival. Customers will also receive a refund of unspent credits online after the event.

“The past three years have taught us a great deal about working with cashless payments in order to give our visitors a better experience and help us manage the event,” said Alex Trenchard, Standon Calling’s festival director. “This year we wanted to take it to the next level, allowing people to top-up beforehand and reclaim their refunds afterwards online, reducing queuing on site and eliminating all need for cash management.”

Steve Jenner, in charge of UK business development at PlayPass, added: “Anyone that has followed the advancement of cashless in RFID in festivals knows that Standing Calling is the UK market’s pioneer. That they have chosen to use our system this year is obviously a huge source of pride for us and we look forward to working with them to not only take cashless payments to new heights at Standon Calling, but to also advance our pledge to make this technology a standard in the UK festival industry this year, bringing us in line with many other parts of Europe.”

Secondary ticketing site StubHub – who are selling face-value tickets for the festival – will coordinate with PlayPass and Standon’s organisers to ensure a seamless experience using the RFID technology.

Standon Calling takes place this weekend, with Suede, Jess Glynne and Kelis set to headline.