Debut implementation of ez-link card payment system at Singapore’s hottest annual dance music festival to give partygoers new levels of convenience
SINGAPORE, 25 November 2013 – ZoukOut 2013 will be a cashless affair this year. EZ-Link Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest issuer of CEPAS-compliant cards, will implement the ez-link cashless payment system on-site, making it the first time in ZoukOut’s 13-year history that partygoers can simply “tap and go” for their drink purchases at the party, with an ez-link card.
To commemorate the collaboration, EZ-Link and Zouk are also launching ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link cards, exclusively designed by Zouk, as a ZoukOut 2013 memento. These limited edition design cards will be made available for purchase prior to the event from TransitLink Ticket Offices at City Hall, Orchard, Bugis, Changi Airport, Chinatown, Lavendar, Farrer Park, Woodlands and Somerset MRT stations. The cards will be available from 25th November to 11th December, after that, they will be available at the event grounds on 13th and 14th December. The cost of this card is S$10.00 (excluding stored value). These limited edition cards are fully functional ez-link cards that can also be accepted at more than 30,000 ez-link card acceptance points across the island, for public transport, dining and shopping.
The ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link card
At the event, night revelers can tap any ez-link card*, easily identifiable by the ez-link logo positioned at the back of the card (refer to the image below), for drink purchases at the bar stations. They can also buy the ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link cards at the on-site sales booths if they do not have one with them, and reload their cards at the top-up stations via credit card or cash. Prior to the event, partyers can also purchase or top-up ez-link cards from locations all over the island**.
Any ez-link card, recognisable by an ez-link logo at the back of the card, such as the above, will be accepted at ZoukOut 2013.
As Citibank is ZoukOut’s official credit card sponsor, ez-link cardholders who top up their ez-link card using a Citibank credit card will be entitled to one free alcoholic drink. This is valid for top up amounts of $50 and above; between 8pm to 9pm at the ZoukOut festival grounds on both festival nights. In addition, holders of the Citibank SMRT Platinum Visa Card, which also carries an ez-link function, can also tap their cards for payments at the venue.
This new ez-link payment system complements Citibank credit cards, ZoukOut’s official credit card and preferred payment choice; as it gives customers who do not own a credit card another payment mode.
“We are excited about the collaboration with EZ-Link as its ez-link card payment system boasts cutting-edge cashless technologies and is widely embraced in Singapore,” said Timothy Chia, Zouk’s Head of Marketing and Events. “It is the perfect solution to push ZoukOut forward in our perpetual mission to improve the visitor experience, and together with our A-list line-up and programming, it will elevate ZoukOut’s status as a world-class music festival and set a cashless trend for outdoor dance parties.”
“It is very exciting for EZ-Link to be part of ZoukOut, Singapore’s most anticipated premium annual outdoor music festival,” said Mr Nicholas Lee, CEO of EZ-Link Pte Ltd. “Instead of having to fumble with cash for purchases at the event, with the ez-link card, partygoers can focus on having a great time. For overseas visitors, they can use the same ez-link card beyond the event for commuting around Singapore, shopping and dining.”
ZoukOut 2013 will take place on the 13th and 14th of December 2013 at the Siloso Beach, Sentosa. For more information, go to www.zoukout.com.
* Any ez-link card issued by EZ-Link Pte Ltd is accepted and can be topped up at ZoukOut 2013. Concession cards issued by the Land Transport Authority are also accepted but cannot be topped up at the event.
**For more information on ez-link card sales and top-up locations, please visit www.ezlink.com.sg
About EZ-Link Pte Ltd
EZ-Link Pte Ltd was formed on 8 January 2002. Its core business is the clearing and settlement of all EZ-Link card transactions generated in transit and non-transit (retail/merchant) environments, as well as the sale, distribution and overall management of EZ-Link cards. To date, more than 17 million new CEPAS-compliant EZ-Link cards have been issued. This is in tandem with the government’s plan to promote cashless payments in Singapore. In line with this vision, the new EZ-Link card is now also accepted as a mode of payment for Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) and at carparks fitted with the Electronic Payment System (EPS) when used in the dual-mode in-vehicle unit.
About Citibank Singapore Limited
Locally incorporated in Singapore, Citibank Singapore Limited is a distinct market leader in the consumer banking business. In the past few years, Citibank has extended its distribution network to more than 1,500 touch points to reach out to more Singaporeans and provide them innovative, global and value-added products and services. A leading credit card issuer in Singapore, Citibank offers the widest range of credit card propositions.
About Zouk Management Pte Ltd
Launched in March 1991, Zouk has grown into a club like no other in Asia. With the central aim of propelling Asia’s dance music culture forward and leading Singapore to the forefront of global clubbing by continuously pushing boundaries, Zouk has managed to not only put Singapore on the world dance map (Zouk is currently ranked #5 in the DJ Mag Top 100 Clubs 2013 Poll) but has also evolved into a subculture of its own.
Frequently Asked Questions
About the ez-link card
1) What is the minimum/maximum top-up value of the ez-link card?
The minimum top-up value of any ez-link card is $10.00, and the maximum value is $500.00.
2) Where can I top my ez-link card up?
Besides being able to top-up your ez-link card at the top-up stations via cash or credit cards at ZoukOut 2013, card holders can also top up their cards at all General Ticketing Machines at all SMRT stations and SBST stations on the North East Line, TransitLink Ticket Offices, Passenger Service Centres at all SMRT Stations, TransitLink Add Value Machines,7-Eleven Convenience Stores, Singapore Post Offices, DBS/POSB ATMs, OCBC ATMs, AXS Stations, top-up machines at PA Community Clubs and Water Venture Outlets and at car parks that accept ez-link card payments for Electronic Parking System.
Acceptance of ez-link cards at ZoukOut 2013
3) Will concession cards be accepted at ZoukOut?
All concession cards, which are cards issued by the Land Transport Authority, will be accepted at ZoukOut. However, they cannot be topped up at the venue as ez-link machines are unable to perform top up transactions on LTA issued cards.
4) Will there be a top-up fee for topping up ez-link cards at ZoukOut 2013?
No, it will just be like topping up an ez-link card at the existing permanent ez-link top-up points, with no additional fee.
5) Can a person buy entrance tickets to ZoukOut with the ez-link card?
No, ZoukOut tickets can be purchased at http://ticketing.zoukclub.com and collected on the day of the event at the main festival entrance.
ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link cards
6) Where can I purchase the ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link cards?
Besides being able to purchase the ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link cards at the sales booth on the festival grounds during the two festival nights, you can also purchase these cards at TransitLink Ticket Offices at the following nine MRT stations: City Hall Orchard, Bugis, Changi Airport, Chinatown, Lavendar, Farrer Park, Woodlands and Somerset from 25th November to 11th December, after that, they will be available at the event grounds on the 13th and 14th of December.
7) How much do I have to pay to get the ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link cards? Does it come with any stored value?
The ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link card will be sold at $10.00 across all channels. It does not come with a stored value.
8) How long can I use the ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link card for?
As the ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link card is like any other ez-link card, it has a lifespan of five years from the date of encoding.
9) How many ZoukOut Limited Edition ez-link cards can I buy?
Each person is limited to purchasing a maximum of five cards.