Scottish music festival bans phones, urges fans to “live in the moment”
No Instagram Stories allowed.May 20, 2019
A Scottish music festival wants attendees to live in the moment, whether they like it or not.
Fighting 200-second concert Snapchats in a whole new way, the festival banned phones from their Boiler Room stage over the weekend, urging festival-goers to truly soak in the performance.
FLY Open Air Festival in Edinburgh, U.K. shipped over 8,000 special cases for the two-day festival. Guests were required to store cellular devices in said cases, which unlocked after the show’s completion.
Our covered @boilerroomtv stage opens up at 3pm ?
NAE PHONES, they’ll be locked up in a wee pouch so you can enjoy the moment ? pic.twitter.com/JyzYy12yEo
— FLY Open Air (@openairfly) May 18, 2019
While many may cringe at the idea of a concert without Instagram, festival director Tom Ketley tells Metro that a show can’t be truly enjoyed through a screen.
“You would not go to the cinema and watch the film through your phone, so I don’t see how this is any different,” Ketley says. “Dance music is becoming more popular within youth culture, and more and more young people are getting addicted to their phones.”
While some may feel the measure is too controlling, Ketley saw it as the only solution to a growing problem.
“We felt like there was no other way [to] do this other than take quite drastic action,” he says. “If you put stickers over people’s cameras, they just take them off.”
This marks the first time a United Kingdom festival has banned phones to any extent. Ketley says the ban isn’t just for phone users but those around them as well.
“When you’re out dancing, the last thing you want is a flashlight shined in your face,” he says. “I want people to live in the moment and enjoy the music.”
Halsey recently followed suit, urging fans to keep their phones pocketed during an intimate show tonight in Minneapolis. The singer will perform “Nightmare” live for the first time and broadcast the full set on YouTube.
I saw u guys were upset about the phones tonight. I’m gonna let u guys keep em but u gotta promise me you aren’t gonna have em out during the show. The whole point of this was to create a once in a lifetime moment for us. I only get 1 chance to sing Nightmare for the 1st time ?
— h (@halsey) May 20, 2019
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