The new Howler armbands not only allows festivalgoers the conveniece of paying with their armbands, but by capturing personal information it offers parents peace of mind. Picture: supplied

Johannesburg - As the countdown to the highly-anticipated matric #Rage2017 officially begins, the festival organisers have released key details around the upcoming event. 

The music festival attracts thousands of young people from across South Africa – and other parts of the world – to a week-long day- and night-time festival taking place in KwaZulu-Natal. 

The festival will see international and local artists play across across multiple venues, with hundreds of hours of live music, seamless technology, world-class production as well as art installations by renowned festival artist Danny Popper.

International and local artists expected to perform include the likes of Brynny, Teddy Cream, Sevenn, Stimming, Township Rebellion, Vini Vici, Cat Dealers, Stephan Bodzin and Black Coffee. A powerhouse local line features names like Austin Cassim, Crazy White Boy, Chunda Munki, DJ Speedsta, Capital, J Molley, Kyle Watson, Kyle Cassim, LA Cruz, Master Simz, Mogey, Nasty C, Pop Art Live, PH Fat, Rikay, Ryan Murgatroyd, Stab Virus, TiMO ODV, Vimo, Vin Groovin, Yeti, Apple Gule, Da L.E.S, Pascal & Pearce and Trancemicsoul.

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Cashless system

Another plus for the festival this year is the introduction of a cashless system for the Rage Festival’s own transport network Rage Rides.

Ragers will have Rage credits loaded onto their armband, known as Howlers, which they will simply tap to get on to a Rage Rides Shuttle.

A dedicated Rage Festival representative will be on all shuttles to ensure a smooth tap and ride journey and shuttles to and from King Shaka International Airport will also use the cashless system.

Safety remains key priority

Another priority for festival organisers is the commitment to maintaining safety and security for festival goers. 

A comprehensive safety team will be deployed to the festival and this includes medics from The Red Frogs, led by event-technology platform, Howler, Rage’s NFC partner. 

Each attendee will receive a Howler armband that will double up as an information source in the event of an emergency.

If something goes wrong, parents will know immediately as all personal details and emergency contact information is loaded onto the armband. 

This technology was tested at Rage 2016, and after a very successful run it is being rolled out across the entire festival this year.

The #Rage2017 will take place in Durban, Umhlanga and Ballito from December 2 - 9.

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