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There’s Now Scientific Proof That Festival Wristbands are Disgusting


New study says that it's probably time to take off your festival wristband.

Really, it will be okay. You can keep it, even. Just don't let it near people.

This article originally appeared on Chart Attack

You know that wristband you've been wearing nonstop for three days while sleeping in the mud, shitting in porta potties, spilling beer all over yourself, maybe even using to pay for said beer? It's not a badge of honour. It's a disgusting cesspool of germs and you're a disgusting person for leaving it on for one more minute than you have to.

In a recent study conducted by Dr. Alison Cottell, a microbiologist at the University of Surrey, the cloth of festival wristbands was found to contain more than 20 times the bacteria of other clothes.

As Science Dump reports, the doctor studied two festival wristbands that one person had been wearing for two years and found there was a concentration of around 9,000 micrococci and 2,000 staphylococci. Those bacteria are normally found on people's skin anyway, but this is an extremely high amount. "They can cause boils and infections of cuts and grazes," says Dr. Cotell, "and can also cause a form of acute food poisoning if they are ingested."


Read the full story by Richard Trapunski at Chart Attack

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