Some believe filming and photography is disrespectful to the band or artist
Some believe filming and photography is disrespectful to the band or artist
Richard Bell

Should mobile phones be banned at gigs?

More than one in four young people think mobiles should be banned at live music events, according to new research.

A survey published by Preston-based event guide and ticketing outlet Skiddle found that 27% of people aged 16 to 30 believe phones should not be allowed at gigs.

The research, collecting the views of more than 1,200 music fans, found there were a host of reasons why people might like to see handsets banned during musical performances.

Of the 27% who had this opinion, 37% said phones were distracting, 34% said they detract from the experience and 20% complained that phones block your view of the stage.

Just under one in 10 (8%) believe filming and photography is disrespectful to the band or artist.

Of the 74% who aren’t bothered by mobile phones at gigs, more than half (52%) said they like capturing footage to relive the experience later, while a quarter (24%) said they enjoy sharing the experience on social media. Just over one in 10 said if they have paid for a ticket, it is their right to use their phone however they want.

Ben Sebborn, director and co-founder of Skiddle, said of the findings: “We found the results of this survey particularly interesting because of the age of respondents. Typically banning filming and photography is an opinion most commonly associated with older generations – however this survey shows that many younger people agree that live music experiences are best enjoyed without handheld technology present.

“However, despite the issue been highlighted by artists, gig-goers and venues on an almost weekly basis, it does appear that an overwhelming majority (74%) think that filming and photography should be allowed at live music events, which shows any crackdown will result in a high proportion of unsatisfied music fans.”

He added: “Whatever your opinion, it’s clear that this is a contentious issue that isn’t going to go away and it will be interesting to watch the debate unfold as opinion becomes more and more divided.”

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