How to Take Card Payments at Festivals

How to Take Card Payments at Festivals
Cashless payments for festivals now made easier! Learn why Square is the go-to payment processor for festivals and events.
by Square Nov 19, 2020 — 2 min read
How to Take Card Payments at Festivals

The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for the festival industry, with music, food and film festivals across the globe put on hold as a result of the pandemic. But, as the vaccine rollout ramps up and lockdown restrictions continue to lift, festivals may start coming back with a bang.

As a stall holder, festivals aren’t just about having fun. They’re about business. So you want to make sure you get the most out of it when festivals open back up. How can you do that?

Worrying about wallets? Don’t.

The risk of festival punters losing their cash in a mosh pit, in between stalls, or mislaying wallets while wrestling with tent poles is very much a reality of festival-going. Festival stalls offering an alternative to cash can save their customers from such a fate by making payments simple. How? Contactless.

Tempting as it may seem to create your own contactless system with pre-loaded cards or other seemingly simple methods, it’s not that easy without the know-how and experience to back it up. That’s where Square comes in, ready to save your festival celebrations. With millions of happy customers around the world, including market stall and food stall merchants who love Square’s portability, we’re ready to bring security, ease of use and a little bit of style to your festivals.

A Headline Act

What do the wonders of Square actually mean for you and your festival trading? For one, it means you can take every sort of payment your customers want to use. The Square Reader accepts contactless and Chip + PIN card payments, and if you have international punters coming at you with magnetic strip cards, our back-up reader plugs right into your phone and makes international card payments a breeze. If your customers are using Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay, even better. All they need to make a purchase is their phone! Basically, if your customers want to pay, Square makes sure they can.

Combine that with our POS System (completely free as an app, by the way) and you have stock tracking, employee management, digital receipts and customer feedback all in the palm of your hand. If you have multiple stalls, employees out among the masses plying their trade or special offers going, no worries, our powerful little app makes managing your sales a breeze – who knows, you might even find time to enjoy the festival yourself.

Let’s Get Festive

Whether you’re selling festival foods, holding up the beer tent or flogging merchandise, contactless is the perfect solution to your sales-processing needs. Bid farewell to long queues, packed stalls and being a stressed-out stallholder reluctantly calculating change. Contactless is all you need.

COVID-19, in particular, has changed the way businesses operate and contactless has certainly become more prevalent across the country. In fact, contactless payments rose an incredible amount in 2020, with 1 in 4 Australian businesses now using the system, compared to 1 in 12 in 2019. While the show must go on for festivals, ensuring they are COVID-safe is imperative and as such, contactless payments are almost a necessity.

If you haven’t yet jumped on the contactless band wagon, it’s time to do so. And it’s so simple – anyone can do it.

The Bottom Line is brought to you by a global team of collaborators who believe that anyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy.


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