CHEERS: Splendour Is Finally Killing Off The Dreaded Drink Tokens This Year

So the mind-bogglingly enormous Splendour in the Grass lineup is here for another year, and if you haven’t already wrapped your eyes squarely around it, fix that immediately.

LCD Soundsystem (holy shit), The xx, and Queens of the Stone Age head up a bonkers huge roster of acts that also features internationals like HAIM, Future Islands, Royal Blood, Sigur Ros, alongside local legends such as Vance Joy, Paul Kelly, Tash Sultana, The Smith Street Band, Luca Brasi, King Gizzard and my god so much more.
But in amongst all the dack-shatting and group chat smashing and frantic bank account juggling that’s been going on since the lineup dropped, Splendour have also very sneakily dropped another piece of choice info that’ll significantly effect punters’ experience at the festival:
They’re getting rid of drink tokens altogether.
Every festival known to man has previously run with the agonising split-line system where you had to firstly endure a line that stretched all the way back to Sydney to exchange money for drink tokens; the line being long enough to deter you from ever wanting to stand in it again, meaning you’d have to make a judgment call on how many precious bevingtons you’d be consuming that weekend. Then, you’d migrate to a second line where you’d exchange said tokens for frothies.
This year at Splendour? It’s gonna be better.
Tucked away in the press release issued this morning was the tiny wee announcement that the festival will be teaming up with Visa PayWave to install terminals at all bar facilities across the festival grounds.

“This year we’ve scrapped the token system and have joined forces with Visa to bring you Visa payWave at all bars! That means less time waiting in lines. Yay for that!”

Not only does this mean the bastard token line is gone forever, but you’ll also be able to more accurately pay for your party; you won’t be trekking home this year with a pocket full of expensive tokens that become utterly worthless and useless the instant you leave North Byron.

The tap-and-go facilities will be available at all bars across Splendour. So as long as you manage to not lose yr card, you’re gonna be fine.
Rejoice, friends! The festival of Not Quite As Many Heartbreaking Lines is upon us.

Source: Splendour in the Grass.
Photo: Mark Metcalfe/Getty.