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Becky 12-17-2017 04:14 PM

Yondr: Disables phones at concerts, movies, etc.

I heard an interview with the creator of this device that will disable phones. They focused on the concert application. If this happens ( and some bands are using it), there will be no concert videos, photos, selfies, Snapchat, real time set list updates, etc...

On the other hand, people will actually pay attention to the show instead of their phones.


I think I would actually be okay with it. The phone can be very distracting during a show. My only real concern is finding friends easily if you’re in different sections or if you miss an actual emergency text or call.

rocknation 12-19-2017 04:50 AM

While it's certainly pleasurable to think of not having to visually wind your way through a forest of arms holding phones at concerts, what if a bomb went off or someone became ill or a babysitter needed to get through?

If there's money in the budget for furnishing and managing anti-phone pouches, there's money in the budget for ensuring that phones are placed on silent and vibrate, or ejecting phone photographers/texters who ignore signage prohibiting it during the performance.

Foo Fighters Generate Concert Photo Controversy

rocknation 12-24-2017 05:56 AM


National Public Radio:...As Beyonce herself told fans at a recent show, "Y'all gotta put the camera phones down for one second and actually enjoy this moment." Adele, too: "Yeah, I want to tell that lady as well, can you stop filming me with a video camera? Because I'm really here in real life — you can enjoy it in real life."

...Yondr has found fans of its own in (other) artists like Alicia Keys, and comedians like Dave Chappelle, Louis C.K. and Hannibal Buress...
Hannibal Buress? That name rings a bell...

Becky 02-03-2018 11:27 PM

Jack White is banning phones at all shows on his upcoming tour. He wants the audience to experience the show through their own senses and not their screens.

Kathleen 02-06-2018 03:08 AM

Well it wasn't that long ago that I went to concerts and the babysitter couldn't get in touch with me. I would be fine with EVERYONE not having internet access - not just me but the VIPs too.

I use a different device and I do record concerts. There is no bright screen involved and nothing held up over my head. No one near me has any idea that I am recording (or that my husband is recording). I don't take pictures, nor do I take video - that takes me out of the moment.

I would be fine with a disabled phone since I always shut my phone off when I am recording in any case, the phone searching for a network causes interference in the recording.

rocknation 11-11-2019 05:24 PM Fans planning to attend...(a Tool) gig at The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, got from the venue before the show:
“We respectfully request that you please watch and listen to the show, not your phone. You will be ejected from the show without the opportunity to return and without a refund if you violate this simple request and elect to take photos during the performance. In the event of a personal emergency, phone use may occur on the concourse away from the performance area.”

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