Bob Dylan has banned mobile phones from his concerts after he announced his first UK tour in five years.
A press release states “the shows are non-phone events”, which means concertgoers will have to keep their phones in a Yondr bag during Dylan’s performance.
They can keep these pouches with them but if they want to use their devices during the concert, they can only do so at specific phone access zones and must unlock the pouch at designated ‘lock and unlock’ stations.
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The singer-songwriter will head to the UK as part of his Rough and Rowdy Ways Worldwide Tour, which started in the US at the end of last year.
Dylan is not the first performer to mandate a phone ban at his concerts.
In 2016 Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, forced fans to lock their phones away during his PHAROS festival concert to prevent music leaks and encourage an immersive concert experience.
A concert attendee claimed this wasn’t the only phone-deterrent and that the rapper had also decided to use midnight blue lighting to wash out any “conventionally pretty skin tones” and disincentivise any photography.
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Alicia Keys and Jack White also implement Yondr pouches during their performances.
In 2018, White spoke about their use in the lead up to his tour and claimed he chose to do this to, “give spectators ‘a phone-free, 100 per cent human experience.'”
These pouches are also used at advance industry screenings in the film industry and the founder is considering expanding the product to schools and educational environments.
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