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How Advances in Technology Are Changing Live Events

Adam Young | September 5, 2017
Technology is changing the game.
Technology has changed the face of today’s concerts, shows and sports events—and not just on the stage and field. From high-tech wristbands to smartphone apps and virtual entertainment, digital enhancements are bringing fun and convenience to audiences all over the country. So say goodbye to ticket stubs, paper wristbands and long lines—because live events are going digital. Here’s how.

Cashless Wristbands


In the past few years, major music festivals like Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Shaky Knees have introduced cashless ticketing in the form of RFID wristbands. These enable fans to enter the venue and purchase food and drinks with a simple swipe of the wrist(band). What does that mean? Less time standing in line for everything (getting in the gate, purchasing food and beer, and more) equals a better concert experience for all.

LED Wristbands


Fans can also now become a crucial part of a show’s design with LED wristbands, which can emit a range of light patterns in a whopping 16 million different colors. What's even cooler is that participants can also personalize the settings via the accompanying app, where details like favorite songs, colors and more can be selected. That means during the concert, certain people will light up based on their personalized choices, making for one unforgettable experience.

Festival Apps


Anyone who’s been to a festival recently should be familiar with the godsend that is the festival’s app, which guides festivalgoers every step of the way. Fans can easily locate water stations, restrooms, food vendors, first-aid stations and choose their own easily accessible itinerary by using the app—which saves precious time getting to the next performance.

Virtual Reality


Red Sox fans can now enjoy more than just baseball, peanuts and crackerjacks. Last year, Boston's Fenway Park began offering fun virtual reality experiences to visitors. By wearing a device, fans can pitch a strikeout, go to batting practice and catch ground balls without leaving the virtual reality booth.

These are just a few of the most recent tech features showing up at events. Head to your favorite venue (or app store) to find out how your favorite events are going high-tech.
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