With finals over, thousands of matrics will be looking to blow off some steam at Rage festivals in Plettenberg Bay and Durban.
Organisers have vowed to beef up security in the annual party extravaganza as the class of 2017 celebrate the end of their schooling journey.
This year, the Howler wrist bands that were introduced last year will have parents’ details so they can be reached in cases of emergency.
The armbands will also locate all attendees during the course of the jollification.
When Ragers receive their armbands, their personal profiles are linked with their pre-purchased Rage passports and synchronised with their armbands.
“We want to give mom and dad peace of mind. If something goes wrong, they will know immediately,” said Howler CEO Shai Evian. “We started testing the concept at Rage 2016 and after a successful run we decided to roll it out across the entire festival, giving thousands of students a safe and seamless, 100% cashless experience.”
Plett is expecting about 8000 people to attend this year while KwaZulu-Natal will be expecting 30000 from December 2 to 9 in Durban, Umhlanga and Ballito.
“Cashless is not new but having the armbands capture parents’ contact details – which organisers can access easily if there’s a problem – is,” Evian said.
Ragers will be able to experience the festivities with their Howler armbands functioning not only as their tickets, by giving them access to the venue over six clubs and four hotels, but also replacing their wallets and giving them cashless access to 100 taxis and an array of restaurants and other service providers, bringing new meaning to the concept of “pay with a tap”.
Rage Plettenberg Bay spokesman Ronen Klugman said: “We are lucky to have a centralised community that is supportive of the event. OurDJ boothis shaped as a lifeguard hut and the beach bar has been extended due the huge demand. We have built a stage to accommodate all our guests. We have law enforcement and security guards. It is entirely safe for everyone.”
Rage KZN spokesman Darren Sandras said: “No incidents have been reported in two years. This year we intend having an incident-free festival as well. Pupils can expect to have the best experience that will sum up their 12 years of schooling.” — firstname.lastname@example.org