Bluedot competition goes utterly cashless this yr – and you’ll pay along with your wristband – Manchester Night Information

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It is one of many north west’s most revolutionary festivals, with a boundary-pushing invoice of music, artwork and science.

Now a pioneering fee system is becoming a member of the road up at Bluedot, staged within the shadow of the Lovell Telescope at Cheshire observatory Jodrell Financial institution.

Pageant-goers will have the ability to pay with their wristbands because the occasion goes utterly cashless for the primary time this yr. All merchants, bars and merchandise stalls will likely be utilizing the brand new BluedotConnect system, and won’t be accepting various fee choices together with credit score or debit playing cards.

Organisers say it is going to supply a ‘quicker, smoother expertise’ – however some ticket holders have raised issues in regards to the transfer, questioning their information privateness.

Responding to the announcement on the occasion’s official Fb web page, Jessica Learn wrote: “I would love this if it was non-obligatory alongside different money or cashless choices however not eager on it being obligatory. The organisers would possibly get extra goodwill and get folks to belief the system in future years in the event that they ran it alongside different choices when first introducing it. What if the system goes down and leaves hundreds of individuals caught in a subject with no again up method of shopping for the stuff they want?”

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Sue Longden posted: “I’m actually sad about this. If I might identified this is able to be launched I WOULD NOT have purchased a ticket. I wish to select whether or not I exploit contactless and select whether or not my information is harvested. This a change to the phrases and situations when tickets had been offered and I will likely be searching for a refund.”

Gareth Boiling added: “What a damned imposition. This has already put a damaging vibe on my, and a few of my pals, Bluedot expertise. I used to be actually wanting ahead to this years’ competition however you’ve got layed [sic] this on me on the 11th hour. No session, no fore-warning, simply a mark in the best hand so I could also be purchased and offered, information and habits harvested, and for whose comfort? Who’s supplying the know-how? Who has entry to the information? What is going to occur to the odd kilos and pence which might be left over and can it price to retrieve it or are you simply going to quietly financial institution it? I am extraordinarily sad about this. Are you able to inform?”

Others have welcomed the change and its potential advantages for festival-goers.

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Janet Model wrote: “For what it is value Bluedot competition at all times do one thing upfront that could be a bit off and it rattles folks. Me included. But it surely’s evolving and normally works out simply effective. The excitement I get from the weekend lasts for weeks afterwards. These cashless bands are being seen increasingly at occasions, and it will be unusual if a venue like Bluedot weren’t early adopters. Simply get saving up (£5 drink, £eight meal final yr), smile and embrace it. A minimum of the competition thieves will not prefer it.”

Suzie Knight posted: “Not undermining folks’s issues in any respect, many of the stuff requested listed below are affordable questions. But it surely appears a bit harsh folks do not understand there may be any likelihood this has been performed to BENEFIT punters. Think about if their total reasoning is that they’re sick to demise of individuals being robbed and like the very fact this can instantly finish that. Or they labored out it is going to half bar queues making that higher for everybody. It’s solely attainable their motives are nothing however constructive and each competition will likely be cashless and haven’t any actual theft throughout the subsequent 5 years. When folks design new developments like this for shoppers their motives are vastly not often something apart from person profit. If bits of it are s*** and unwell suggested we must always ABSOLUTELY grumble again and they’re going to tweak it, however the idea really is not sinister”

Emma Zillmann added: “Cannot imagine extra UK festivals do not do that already, a lot easier than carrying money (and dropping it in my case).”

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Bluedot organisers say no new information will likely be collected that was not already already provided when festival-goers purchased their tickets.

Ticket-holders might want to arrange a cashless account on-line utilizing their ticket barcode quantity after which load it up with cash. Those that high up with £100 by July 10 will obtain £10 further credit score.

On arrival on the competition, tickets will likely be exchanged for wristbands with the cash already loaded on to them. Any credit score left after the competition might be refunded till August 24, minus a £1 transaction price.

Pageant-goers who don’t wish to hyperlink their tickets to their wristbands can load funds on to them at top-up factors dotted across the competition web site as an alternative.

Watch: How the BluedotConnect system works


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A Bluedot spokesman stated: “Every year we try to innovate and develop the competition expertise. After learning many different occasions internationally that use RFID (radio-frequency identification) know-how, for 2019 we’ve got developed the same distinctive and user-friendly providing within the type of BluedotConnect. We now have partnered with PlayPass who’ve delivered this platform efficiently at many award-winning festivals together with Standon Calling and 2000 Timber.

“Permitting our visitors to make cashless purchases will supply them a better expertise on-site to benefit from the music and festivities at bluedot, with out worrying in regards to the security or safety of their funds, or lengthy queuing and wait instances. Attendees can use the system with none information being handed over, and their use of their wristband is safe and nameless.

“General the response to BluedotConnect’s launch has been constructive, with attendees wanting ahead to a quicker, smoother expertise, nevertheless, we’re presently liaising with some clients who’ve questioned this new course of and offering additional clarification on particular areas of confusion.”

Click on or swipe by way of the gallery beneath to see photos from final yr’s Bluedot competition

The BluedotConnect system may even let festival-goers verify in at talks and performances to create a ‘Mission Log’ of their weekend, which will likely be despatched to them after the competition.

“Bluedot is an experience-led competition and BluedotConnect is an revolutionary new method so as to add to our visitors’ competition expertise not solely in the course of the occasion, but additionally publish occasion with our Mission Log characteristic which provides all attendees entry to unique content material and details about talks, performances and extra. This service is non-obligatory, and all clients have the selection to choose out if they like to not obtain unique updates, publish occasion,” the spokesman added.

Bluedot returns to Jodrell Financial institution from July 18 to 21, with a particular programme commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings.

Extra details about the BluedotConnect cashless system might be discovered at discoverthebluedot.com/join .

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