No cash needed at the Gympie Muster this year
THE Gympie Muster will this year provide more than 12,000 festival-goers with high tech RFID wristbands, access to a dedicated Muster app and increased wireless connectivity at the Amamoor State Forest site.
Muster executive director David Gibson said this would make the Muster experience more user friendly and possibly even Pokémon Go friendly.
The RFID chip wristbands will be given to each patron, making the Muster a "cashless experience' with instant access to make quick purchases at any bar or stall at the festival by scanning their wrist.
"No longer will patrons wait in long drink ticket queues to redeem coupons, instead they'll spend less time waiting and more time enjoying the festival,” Mr Gibson said.
The wristbands also eliminate the need to worry about carrying or losing valuables and allow Muster goers to leave their wallets behind. Patrons will be conveniently able to top-up or refund their wristband deposits any time during festival hours with leftover funds collected upon departure.
"We're constantly in search of ways to make the Muster experience a little bit more enjoyable for our Muster mates and bring down the barrier of logistics so everyone can really just enjoy the artists and the atmosphere we create, and not be burdened by drink tickets and all of those bottlenecks.”
Also this year, new customised app will also be launched to enhance the Muster experience by providing a wealth of useful info including: maps, performance schedules, artist profiles and songs, festival news, weather and FAQ's.
"Whether you want to get lost at the Muster in a euphoria of musical discovery, plan to see your favourite acts or organise your whole muster experience, the app gives new found accessibility to choose the perfect Muster adventure,” Mr Gibson said.
While this year's 35th anniversary is nestled once again in the remotely picturesque Amamoor Creek State Forest, the 12,000 Muster festival patrons are promised rapid internet connectivity. Wi-fi vans will visit the site to boost local connections over the weekend.
The rising user demand of technological accessibility for convenience and safety at public events is making festivals around the world think more carefully about how to bring technology to life in remote areas, and the Muster is no exception.
With a stunning country music line up and more than 300 performances across six stages, fans at this year's tech-savvy 35th Muster anniversary won't miss a thing.