Mobile Phones Have Been Banned By An Edinburgh Music Festival

David Layde
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A Scottish music festival has become the first to set a trend and ban the use of mobile phones at concert events. The organisers claim the ban would help festival goers to get a better experience of living more in the moment.

The open Air Festival called FLY, took place in Edinburgh May 18 to 19. Honey Dijon, Jasper James, Nina Kravitz, Peggy Gou, Kornel Kovacs and many more performed at the electronic music festival.

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Gig goers were given a special secure case to lock away their phones when they entered the festival’s Boiler Room stage.

According to the NME festival director Tom Ketley revealed via Metro his thoughts, “You would not go to the cinema and watch the film through your phone, so I don’t see how this is any different,” he said.

“Dance music is becoming more popular within youth culture, and more and more young people are getting addicted to their phones. It means people are watching the whole show through their screens.”

Ketley can see no easy way around this and if such a move seems extreme he suggested putting stickers over people’s camera’s but couldn’t see it having any effect as the people would just take them off.

In expectation of this plan Ketley ordered  8,000 cases over from America for the festival. Each  case had a security tag similar to ones found attached to items of clothing at shops. If emergency access from a festival goers is necessary at anytime, they can free their phone at an unlocking base in the lobby.

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