Visa payWave will replace drink tokens at Splendour in the Grass

Sally McMullen 30 March 2017

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We'll drink to that! Lining up for drink tokens at Splendour is now a thing of the past.

Festival punters rejoice! A killer lineup including the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Queens of the Stone Age, Tash Sultana and Haim isn’t the only good news Splendour in the Grass dropped yesterday.

With the annual all-ages camping festival due to take place from Friday 21 July to Sunday 23 July at North Byron Parklands in Byron Bay, SITG blessed us with the news that it would be dropping its drink ticket system that it has adopted over the last few years.

Instead, Splendour has teamed up with Visa payWave to offer contactless payment facilities at all bars throughout the festival. So, rather than having to line up to exchange your cash for drink tokens only to have to line up again to use those tokens to purchase a drink, cardholders merely have to tap and go to buy their bevvies.

This also means no more coming home from the festival only to find that those tokens you thought you lost were actually stuffed at the bottom of your bag, meaning your $10 worth of tokens (or one can of Smirnoff Ice in Splendour currency) has completely gone to waste.

Splendour in the Grass veterans will probably all agree that drink tokens are one of the downfalls of any music festival (up there with dignity-destroying toilet facilities and $5 bottles of water), so this is a definite upgrade.

The only downside to the demise of drink tokens is the threat to your budget. While once upon a time you would ration your drink tokens to avoid the excruciatingly long lines to buy more, you’ll no longer have this buffer for your budget with the convenience of contactless payments. If you’re worried about keeping your spending in check, you could always set up a daily spending limit on your debit or credit card before you head to the festival.

So, as long as you don’t lose your card or blow your budget on bevvies, you can look forward to spending more of Splendour watching the bands than waiting in lines.

Visa is also hosting a pre-sale for this year’s Splendour tickets. While tickets are on sale to the general public as of 9am AEST Thursday 6 April, Visa Checkout members can snatch up their tickets early from 9am AEST Wednesday 5 April.

See our tips for organising your travel, accommodation and, just as importantly, your festival outfit on a budget with our guides to going to Splendour.

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