In a first for Irish festival goers, AIB will be on site at Kaleidoscope this weekend with an innovative cashless solution for those who are attending the debut event from the team behind Electric Picnic.

The AIB ‘Tappy’ wristbands have been developed in partnership with Tappit, global leaders in the field of contactless who have supplied the technology to festivals around the world.

Using the latest RFID (radio frequency identification) technology, the pilot programme will see a limited run of 5,000 AIB Tappy wristbands made available for festival attendees and their children.

The wristbands use RFID technology to securely store the user’s money. While cash, card, contactless and mobile payments will all still be accepted on-site, wearers of the AIB Tappy wristbands can simply tap their band at over 90 vendor points on site to pay for food, drink, entertainment and donations to a range of charity partners across the event.

There will be 3 convenient locations where customers can top up their AIB Tappy wristbands on site at Kaleidoscope.

Giving people the chance to try out their AIB Tappy wristband on site, AIB will be bringing the ‘AIB Tappy Ice Cream Van’ to Kaleidoscope.

Festival goers will be able to buy a soft serve ice cream for just one cent when paying with their AIB Tappy wristband. The wristbands will be made abailable on a first come, first served basis at

The ‘AIB Tappy Ice Cream Van’ will be open from 11am-5pm, Friday to Sunday, located on the back lawn.

“We are always looking for new, creative ways to ensure our customers can bank less and do more when it comes to payments,” said AIB Chief Marketing Officer Mark Doyle.

“At a festival – and especially one with your children – the last thing someone wants to do is miss a performance while queueing for an ATM or constantly be trying to make sure the kids don’t lose their pocket money.”

“These AIB Tappy wristbands are a secure, convenient, simple way to manage your money over the weekend. While similar cashless payment wristbands have been used at festivals across the globe before, we’re excited to be the first bank offering this choice to the Irish festival scene.”

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