Heading to a concert or comedy show? You may want to leave your cell phone at home. A number of celebrities have started to ban mobile devices at their performances.
When comedian Chris Rock performed in London last weekend as a part of his UK Total Blackout tour, he urged fans to “take one night off from being the paparazzo of your own life.”
When fans arrived at the O2 Arena, they could store their phones for free in a Yondr pouch which would be locked up during the performance. Anyone caught with a phone during the show would be asked to leave.
In the music world, Jack White has also banned cell phones from his shows. He will be playing a number of music festivals this year, including Shaky Knees in Atlanta and Jazzfest in New Orleans.
White said in a statement, ““No photos, video or audio recording devices allowed. We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”
Much like the Chris Rock show, those who do bring their cell phones to the venue can lock them in a Yondr pouch.
Other artists who have banned mobile devices from their shows include Adele, Alicia Keys, Dave Chappelle, and Stone Temple Pilots.
Fan reactions to these bans have been mixed. Some are happy they no longer have to be distracted from show by glowing screens, while others are worried they may miss important messages from their friends and family.
When artists opt to ban phones from the show, attendees can access their devices in the Yondr Phone Zone.