Jan 30

by Admin

Event Wristband Trends 2024

When it comes to event organisation, access and security are high on the list of priorities, and event wristbands remain one of the most cost-effective and functional options. These innovative wristbands keep evolving, bringing exciting new features that enhance the event-going experience.


Wristband options

There are four basic wristband types to choose from – before we look at the trends around these in 2024!

  • Tyvek Wristbands: These are also referred to as ‘paper’ wristbands and are the most cost-effective option. These are incredibly durable and tear-resistant, making them ideal for 1 to 3-day events.
  • Vinyl Wristbands: These are somewhat more durable than Tyvek, ideal for concerts, exhibitions, and festivals up to 10 days.
  • Fabric Wristbands: Also ideal for access control, fabric wristbands are a trendy and secure option which can be used for well over a week.
  • Promotional Wristbands: While not tamper-proof, as they can be removed, these silicone wristbands are great for sports events, charities, and more.


What are the wristbands trends for 2024?

If you’re planning an event this year, wristbands are undoubtedly the way to go for access control, marketing, and more! Here are some of the interesting new trends emerging in this sector in 2024.


1.     Rise of RFID Technology

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) wristbands will become a lot more mainstream this year with technological features on the rise. RFID wristbands have an embedded chip that uses radio waves to verify user identity. This can also be used for cashless payments – set to become a regular feature at live events, as well as gaming and more.


2.     NFC Technology Increases

Near-field communication (NFC) technology is another smart technology feature that you will notice with event wristbands. This also allows quick and easy transactions such as paying for food and drinks, and can keep tabs on the user wherever they are.


3.     Customisable Designs

Another event wristband trend for 2024 is the customisable wristband design which allows organisers and sponsors to make their mark. Event wristbands are a great marketing tool, and when customised, the messaging can go that much further. Colours, styles, images, and design can all be completely unique to the event.


4.     Eco-Friendly Wristbands

Conscious consumers are demanding environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions which is why we’re likely to see more eco-friendly wristbands emerging. Expect to see more biodegradable and compostable wristbands that reduce the carbon footprint of any event.


5.     Holographic Wristbands

These are eye-catching metallic and glitter wristbands that can be used for access control. These are becoming much more popular for parties, festivals, nightclubs, and more. The metallic sparkles are most effective when catching the light which makes them ideal for both daytime and nighttime functions.


6.     AR Elements

Artificial Reality (AR) is going to dominate most sectors in 2024, and event wristbands are no different. AR-enabled wristbands will provide event-goers with additional content and experiences. The wristband can be scanned with a smartphone so that event-goers can enjoy another level of interaction, whether it’s a new product or an experience.


7.     Glow-in-the-Dark Wristbands

If you’re organising a night event, and LED wristbands are a stretch, then you might want to consider the latest glow-in-the-dark wristband variety which is available in luminous neon colours. These are manufactured using a special, glow-in-the-dark silicone which can be printed using embossing or debossing.


Don’t miss out on the 2024 wristband trends, simply get in touch with IDC Band today! The Joburg-based company delivers the best quality wristbands and the most competitive prices, nationwide.