No, smartphones shouldn’t be banned at gigs
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Jack White, Alicia Keys and the late Prince have all made a stand against fans filming with phones at their gigs in order to ensure a “100% human experience” for those in attendance. But, the question now arises: is it right to tell fans they can’t use their phones at a show? In a world where smartphones are the norm, I don't think so. Yes, we’ve all been there – you’re at a show you’ve been waiting months to see, and the chances are you’ve paid an excessive amount for tickets, the lights go down and your favourite artist emerges from the darkness, only you can’t see them. Simultaneously, a sea of rectangular LED screens shoot out of the crowd and you observe this moment through someone else’s iPhone. On the one hand, I agree that phone-free concerts would make for a better experience if everyone complied and engaged with what was happening on stage. But, whilst smartphones can be the bane of the concert-going experience in the 21st century, they are a fact of life.
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