A member of our newsroom wanted to see how the “new” Riverbend Festival wristbands worked, so she slipped one on and pulled the fabric through the locking mechanism until it was fairly tight against her wrist.

“How do I get it off?”

“You don’t. That’s the idea.”

Well, sort of.

In addition to making a number of changes regarding this year’s festival, Riverbend officials decided to utilize the same cloth radio frequency identification bracelets used at most other large festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, and the Moon River Festival in Chattanooga.

Riverbend began using a plastic, easily reusable and sharable snap-on bracelet with a bar code in 2014, but switched to the cloth RFID ones this year as part of its plan to bring the 38-year-old festival in line with other music festivals.

Armed with a computer chip, they are designed…

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