Vantastival 'leading the way' with Bitcoin payment for tickets

"We want to embrace new ways of doing business and accepting payments."

Barry Landy

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Vantastival 'leading the way' with Bitcoin payment for tickets

Vantastival is returning for it's ninth outing in 2018.

Vantastival is to become the first music festival in Ireland to accept Bitcoin for ticket purchases. 

The popular annual festival, taking place from Friday June 1st to Sunday June 3rd at Beaulieu House in Drogheda, is recognising the growing popularity of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies and thus have decided to allow patrons attending the 2018 shindig to use the digital currency to purchase their tickets. 

For those interested in ditching the old-fashioned credit or debit card (yes, apparently that's old fashioned now!), the prodecure is a little different to usual.

As cryptocurrency is constantly fluctuating in value, a buyer must submit a request via email notifying the festival of their order and Vantastival will respond with a quote. Once this has been agreed by the two parties, Bitcoin can be transferred to an online wallet address provided by the festival. Once the transaction has been verified, e-tickets will then be sent out by email.

It's all very modern. 

"Crypto-curriencies are a new technology and we want to embrace new ways of doing business and accepting payments," festival director Mark Staunton said. "People out there have money tied up in Bitcoin and want to spend it. We have always looked to the future at Vantastival and this is just an extension of that.

Now in it's ninth year, Vantastival continues to impress visitors from near and far, being nominated every year for Irish and European Festival awards. "By adding digital currency to its list of payment options, Vantastival is leading the way in the festival payments by catering to every kind of ticket buyer," Staunton said.

Vantastival is a family-friendly festival which takes place over annually over the June Bank Holiday Weekend. A host of live musical acts will perform over the weekend, while a focus on the campervan lifestyle brings an extra dimension to the only festival of its kind in Ireland.

Other attractions include gourmet food stalls, festival traders, scheduled kids’ activities, art, craft and many other quirky additions, ensuring that Vantastival has something for everyone, with or without a campervan. 

So far, Le Galaxie, The Stunning, The Hot Sprockets and RSAG are among the 43 acts already announced and there's more to come. For more information, you can check out https://www.vantastival.com/