Sacramento Concert Banning Cellphones During Show

Sacramento fans of Cage the Elephant may be unhappy to hear that they won’t be able to take photos of the band when they perform at the Crest Theatre next month.

According to The Sacramento Bee, all cellphones and smart devices that can record will be locked up in high tech pouches to prevent their use during the show. In an emergency, they automatically unlock when an audience member enters the lobby.

The pouches are made by the company Yondr, and they are intended to make concerts distraction free and more enjoyable for both the artist and the audience.

These types of devices have been used over the past few years by Kevin Hart, Guns N’ Roses, Alicia Keys, and Dave Chappelle.

While Yondr’s devices have been praised by some, they’ve also been viewed skeptically by others. In fact, Crest Thratre manager Yulya Borroum wasn’t sure how well their use during Cage the Elephant’s show would go, saying:

“There’s a positive and negative to the technology. The positive is that you’re not getting a bright screen in front of you, and I think people will enjoy that. But I think for getting people in and out, it’s likely to create slowdown and frustration and that might be directed at Crest staff even though it’s not our policy. I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised.”

Do you think prohibiting cellphones from concerts is a good idea? Let us know in the comments!

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