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Bringin’ cashless back

At the last year’s festival, Roots N Blues took a step into the future of music festivals; we went cashless. Throughout the weekend, fans used their wristbands as both their ticket and digital wallet. Let’s be real: before the festival, there was a minor panic in response to the new system. Many festival-goers were hesitant to the change, and there were questions behind how it all worked.

After the festival though, the consensus was clear — the cashless system made the festival exponentially easier. There were barely any lines for food or beer, fewer wallets in the lost and found & more time for watching the killer bands perform. In the reviews of the festival, tens of fans admitted to being initially adverse to the system before the festival, but they completely repudiated their claims after. So, we’re going to stick with the cashless system.

So we’re going to break it down for everyone this year. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Your RFID wristband is your digital wallet. When you go to get a beer, you will pay by just tapping your wristband on a tiny monitor.

2. You do, however, need to add money onto your wristband. You can do this a few ways. You can either load money onto it online before or during the festival, or you can go to one of the many top-up stations spread throughout the festival. There, you can use your credit/debit card or cash to load money on your wristband. So, you may not want to leave your wallet completely at home. 

3. At the end of the festival, you can get back whatever money you didn’t spend (minus a $5 refund fee that goes to the bank.) OR you could donate the remainder of your balance to The Roots N Blues Foundation to support music education in mid-Missouri schools! 

If you still have questions, don’t worry. There’s an entire page on our website with more details & a detailed instruction packet will come with your wristband. We wholeheartedly believe that this makes the festival smoother, and we’re excited for you to experience it, too!


Learn more about The Roots N Blues Foundation’s Blues in the Schools Program here!

photo via Ellise Verheyen at the Columbia Missourian