Three Festivals in One Weekend

Following an unforgettable delivery last weekend at Paraíso festival, Glownet continues to digitalize the events industry this June. At three different festivals on three different continents, this weekend the Glownet team is travelling to all corners of the globe to deliver our advanced technology platform. In South Africa, Spain and Singapore, #Glownet3in1 is taking over the world.


This year Sónar Barcelona celebrates its 25th anniversary, and fourth year with Glownet. After introducing cashless payment solutions to the festival in 2015, Sónar has continued to add more solutions from the Glownet package each year to optimize the live event experience. Our access control tools, check-in systems and staff accreditations have significantly benefited the organization and operation of the festival by reducing queues, maximising revenue and eliminating theft and ticketing fraud by 100%. Last year the event welcomed a record-breaking 123,000 people over the weekend. Will they exceed this in 2018? Read more about Glownet’s journey with Sónar so far here.

SingaporeUltra Singapore

Glownet continues to set new milestones in the Eastern Hemisphere as this weekend we deliver our first ever cashless event in Singapore. Ultra Singapore is part of the Ultra worldwide phenomenon, celebrating the highest quality EDM music at unique festivals in over 20 different countries. Having already successfully delivered cashless payment solutions at Ultra Miami (600 attendees), Cape Town (12,500 attendees) and Johannesburg (21,000 attendees), Glownet are thrilled to continue their journey with the experts in electronic music on the other side of the globe.


LYFESouth Africa

In South Africa, Glownet’s partners Howler will deliver RFID cashless solutions to LYFE made brighter MTN. Organized by South Africa’s leading youth radio station, YFN, the event takes place on June 16th, coinciding with one of the nation’s most celebrated holidays, Youth Day. The intimate event expects roughly 1500 attendees and will showcase music, fashion, gaming and arts from talented local creatives. Glownet are delighted to provide LYFE with the tools necessary to maximise the event’s potential.




With summer only just beginning, Glownet have made a promising start to the festival season. We are so proud of what we have accomplished already this year, and are excited to see what is in store for us next!


To share your Glownet experience this weekend, use the hashtag #Glownet3in1 and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram for all the latest updates on our cashless journeys around the globe.


Sónar shoots for the stars

SónarLike an electric charge running through the city, electronic music festival Sónar descends on Barcelona every June. A futuristic fusion of music, technology and digital arts, in 2018 the festival will host four days of live music, conferences and light shows. Furthermore, for the first time in history, the festival will even attempt to make extraterrestrial contact. Featuring star-aligning performances from over 150 artists including Thom York, Gorillaz and Diplo, this year the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary, and fourth year embracing cashless payment and advanced event technology with Glownet.

Founded in 1994 by Ricard Robles, Enric Palau and Sergi Caballero, the first edition of Sónar Barcelona attracted 6,000 attendees. In over 20 years the festival’s capacity has increased to over 20 times the number of its first edition. Last year Sónar welcomed over 123,000 people, the most the festival has ever experienced.

In a unique and definitive set up, the festival is divided into three parts: Sónar by Day, Sónar by Night and Sónar +D. The day programme hosts live performances and DJ sets, whilst the evening activities carry Barcelona’s ravers on into the early hours. Sónar +D, the festival’s exhibitionary counterpart, runs alongside the daytime events, hosting workshops, conferences and artistic and technological displays.

Partnership with Glownet

Glownet Technology

Sónar’s philosophy is built on embracing new technology, which is why in 2015 the festival decided to partner with Glownet. Since then, Glownet’s smart technology has helped Sónar to cultivate the ultimate event experience, ensuring the smooth operation of the festival. In 2015, Glownet delivered RFID cashless payment systems to the festival for the first time. This enabled consumers to load money onto their wristbands and pay for refreshments and merchandise onsite. Without the faff or danger of handling large amounts of cash, Sónar has been able to significantly reduce queues, transaction speed and theft. In 2016 Sónar added Glownet’s access control tool and check-in systems. This allowed the festival to regulate and restrict attendance for certain areas, which tackled problems such as overcrowding. Last year, Sónar added staff accreditations, the final part of the Glownet package, allowing the festival full usage of all that Glownet has to offer.


Ventura Barba, Executive Director of Sónar

“The implementation of cashless solutions and access control is undoubtedly one of the factors that has made Sónar Barcelona 2015 -2017 a great success. Glownet has great technology, excellent implementation in the field, and a continued focus on innovation. We are really happy to continue partnering with them for our 25th anniversary and have full trust and confidence in their platform and industry experience.”

Stars align for Sónar


But this year Sónar is going beyond the boundaries of implementing advanced event technology. Sónar is taking techno to the stars. Sónar Calling GJ273b is the festival’s cosmic project to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The festival will send music from 38 artists to star GJ273b, a star which could potentially hold extraterrestrial life. The star is conveniently situated 12.5 light years away from Earth. Therefore, if alien life receives Sónar’s message and emits a response, the reply will be received 12.5 years later. This will coincide perfectly with the festival’s 50th anniversary in 2043. Contributing musicians include popular British artist Kate Tempest, Modeselektor and The Black Madonna.

The future of all festivals?

With less than a month to go, the multi-dimensional festival is paving the way for all festivals in the future. Whilst not all festivals are set to send music into space, more and more are adopting smart technology. The undeniable benefits that Sónar has seen from working with Glownet prove that festivals need to embrace new technology in order to keep up with the market.

Alongside all that encompasses their quarter-century celebrations, Glownet are proud to be partnering with Sónar this year. Once again, Glownet’s technology will ensure the optimum event experience for organisers and attendees alike. With a truly stunning set up for 2018, Sónar promises to be quite literally, out of this world.


By Poppy McAlister

Sonar 2017: Welcome to the 3rd cashless edition.

Sonar and Glownet are partnering for the 3rd consecutive year to offer the audience the best experience. We always aim to give festival goers an amazing experience where they don’t have to think about queues, tokens or cash, but can instead focus on having an amazing time with friends and the best bands. Therefore we completely agree with Metro’s assessment:

Sonar Festival 2017: The line-up, the weather and Barcelona made this the perfect festival

Missed it this year? Hope to see you @ Sonar 2018!

Sonar 2016 Opens for Cashless Fun with Glownet

There’s an amazing energy in the air here in Barcelona today! Music and all round creative legend Brian Eno opened the Sonar+D digital and creative tech event, to a packed room of enthusiasts and fans. Perhaps the best person to open such a brilliant event as Sonar, with it’s awe inspiring blend of technology, creativity and business. After all, as Mr Eno says himself ” is the most important thing we can do right now…” and we completely agree!

“Ticketing in the past was about purchases, now it’s about experiences… The continuing meaningful personalization of the mass experience.”

At Glownet we’re super excited to be the official cashless payment provider for Sonar, their first and proudest partner, building on last year’s implementation. With our wristbands the whole event will serve around 160,000 visitors over Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night venues across the city of Barcelona over the mammoth three day festival.


With a hospitality team of hundreds, Sonar is using 700 of our NFC (Near Field Communication) enabled devices at its bars, cafes, food trucks and restaurants. With our devices, we will decrease former old cash queues by around 40-50%, with no delays nor cash being lost and moreover no loose change. We want everyone to have a completely hassle free time and that’s why we’re super excited about it, now Sonar 2016 is official open. What a brilliant three days and nights ahead!

We will also host an exciting panel talk at Sonar+D on Friday at 13:00, where will will brainstorm and discuss the exciting fan-centric opportunities in for innovative event experiences, ranging from cashless payments to VIP and even health, safety and event licensing itself, with the CEOs of Yumiwi and Stubhub, as well as our own Scott, our Glownet CEO as well. Please feel free to join us at the workshop, right in the middle of the incredible Sonar+D area. All delegates are most welcome!


Demo Workshop Friday 17 (12.30) 13:00 – 15.00

Sónar by Day Workshops (P4 – Level 0)

TOPIC: How RFID technology can improve the productivity of events and festivals

  • German Coppola, Yumiwi CEO
  • Estanis Martin de Nicolás, General Manager, StubHub International
  • Scott Witters, Glownet CEO, and
  • Moderator:  Hubert Grealish, brand marketing & tech.

It’s going to be a great week and we’re super excited about all the ideas and energy already here. We will be sharing pictures and stories from the event and talks so keep an eye on our Twitter feed too for more updates @GlownetHQ.