The Swiss festival landscape

What takes place when and where - and how can you actually pay on site? An interesting look at the Swiss festival landscape for visitors and event organizers. A whitepaper, event calendar and map from wallee & Discover® Global Network.

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The Swiss festival landscape
July 21, 2023

The Swiss festival landscape

What takes place when and where - and how can you actually pay on site? An interesting look at the Swiss festival landscape. Exciting for visitors as an event calendar, map and overview of payment options. For organizers, a decision-making aid with lots of information on payment systems and options. A whitepaper, event calendar and map from wallee & Discover Global Network.

It's summer 2023, the pandemic is over, the weather is perfect: the Swiss are going out. All over the country, people are partying and dancing at the moment... the festival season is in full swing. Switzerland is home to first-class events. As many as in hardly any other country. From popular city festivals, to local raves, to mega events that are among the biggest festivals in the world, there are events for every (music) taste.

The Swiss payment provider wallee, together with Discover Global Network, wanted to know: Which popular and large (music) festivals are there, where and when do they take place? And also what payment options are actually offered, whether festivals already count as a "cashless society" and what opportunities and challenges visitors and organizers face when paying.

There is much on offer

wallee, the #homeofpayments and the global payment brand Discover Global Network have taken a look at the Swiss festival landscape. The result is an event calendar with an overview of 29 major and popular festivals, including a descriptive map. Important events from April to September can be seen at a glance. What, when and where... but also whether "cash" or "cashless" applies. An interesting look at the Swiss festival landscape for visitors and organizers.

Event calendar - What, when, where... and how can pay on the spot?

Festivals - a "cashless society"?

The pandemic of the last few years has changed a lot. It has definitely strengthened one trend: cashless payment. Globally, for example, the share of transactions carried out on site (POS) with cash fell from 27% in 2018 to 16% in 2022 and is likely to fall to below 10% as early as 20261. In Switzerland, the use of cash has halved from 70% share for everyday or irregular payments from 2017 to about 33% in 20222. In terms of transaction value, debit card payments have already overtaken cash in recent years3. According to the Swiss National Bank's Payment Survey 2022, 93% of respondents own a debit card, and in terms of ownership of a payment app, the proportion has increased more than sixfold in just a few years. Among 15- to 34-year-olds, this share is already over 80%3. In addition, 75% state that they always or usually use the contactless function when paying by card.

So it's clear that Switzerland is already predominantly cashless. But what about at events and festivals? Have the organizers responded to the preferences of the population?

Payment options at events

Of the 29 festivals surveyed, 18 communicate on their websites that they also offer cashless payment options (as of 05/31/2023). 11 festivals even state that they are "cashless only", i.e. that they only accept card payments or other digital payment methods4. So let's keep in mind: Almost two thirds of the festivals already offer "Cashless" as an option, almost 40% even offer cashless payment options only.

For visitors, the question is how to pay at the festival of choice, and organizers have to decide on a suitable system. Is there even a "perfect" system? In the whitepaper "Swiss festival landscape", wallee and Discover Global Network show the different options. From using cash, to prepaid systems, such as own festival currencies, "festival wristbands" or prepaid cards, to the different options of offering "cashless". For organizers, the choice of which system is ideal depends on the many respective advantages and disadvantages. For visitors, on the other hand, the key is to quickly see how payment can be made. In the whitepaper from wallee and Discover Global Network, you'll find both: weighing the factors for organizers and an overview of events for festival-goers.

Whitepaper, event calendar, map... download now

Download the whole whitepaper. This is possible per click without providing any data. Now available in English and German.

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Please contact by mail:
Wallee Group AG, Matteo Kleiber-Wurm, Head of Marketing

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Sources: 1) Worldpay from FIS®, The Global Payments Report 2023. 2) Swiss Payment Monitor 2023, How does Switzerland pay, Issue 1/2023 3) Swiss National Bank, Payment Survey 2022 4) Wallee Group AG, Meta-analysis on the mention of payment options on operator websites, as of 05/2023. Image credits: Wallee Group AG, Discover® Global Network

Disclaimer: The contents of this document are for informational purposes only. We have compiled the information with care, but accept no responsibility for any loss or damage, including loss or damage, including loss of profits, indirect, special or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with the use of or reliance on any information reliance thereon. This material may contain information about third parties and their services contained herein. Mention of these third parties is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of the third parties or their services. Other Trademarks, logos and trademarks are the property of their respective owners. respective owners. The information on mentioned events/festivals/concerts is researched from publicly available information and does not claim to be complete. completeness. The naming does not give any statement about whether a connection of any kind connection of any kind or business relationship to the Wallee Group AG and/or Discover® Global Network exists and is also for informational purposes only. Misprints, Errors and omissions excepted. Status 31.05.2023

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