A new study confirms what we have long been known: 70% of the ravers show discomfort for those who use the mobile phone during concerts to capture images or record videos for posterity. However, the study notes that some of this percentage that is against the use of mobile devices by third parties … also ends up doing it for their own benefit, since, as a rule, there are almost no nightclubs or festivals that prevent it.
According to a survey by ComRes, a London-based market research consultancy, more than two-thirds of British adults find annoying to see other people taking pictures or recording videos during live performances. 69% are in favour of more effective measures to avoid this problem.
However, about half of the respondents admitted that they also use the mobile phone to photograph and record at festivals and nightclubs, and that number rises to 62% in the ages of 18-24 and 35-44. The incoherence is compounded when we realize that 65% feel that by using the mobile phone for these purposes, they are losing some of the experience and musical pleasure.
Individually some clubs in the UK have already tried to solve or minimize the problem. The FOLD venue in London, since its foundation, has a no-photo policy, similar to some nightclubs in Berlin, which have adopted this position for a long time.
Greg Marshall, general manager of the Association for Electronic Music, proposes a solution that will appeal to both parties, not by proposing a ban on the phone, but for its responsible use: “Capturing a video or picture moment from a show is clearly important to a lot of event attendees, but it can also cause annoyance to others particularly if phones are held up excessively. We should look to strike a balance to ensure that both viewpoints are respected.”
Anja Schneider, the influential and sought-after German DJ, goes further, being against the use of mobile phones, considering a lack of consideration for her work:
“As a DJ I want to entertain people. I build a set, maybe it’s an all-nighter, or an after-party slot. […] You can’t then condense that down into a little piece of video filmed on a phone— three minutes or twenty seconds or whatever. Do I find myself playing to a forest of phones waving in the air? Of course, and for me that’s a problem because you can’t see the people, you can’t see the vibe. You can’t see people’s faces.”
In Portugal, there are no surveys in this regard, so it is not easy to conclude whether the scenario is like this. It is known that, for example, Miguel Guedes, lead singer of the rock band Blind Zero, is annoyed by the use of mobile phones, although he considers that it is difficult to prohibit its use, especially in festivals with several artists and for several days. Last summer, at the NOS Alive festival, the American Jack White reiterated that he did not want phones during his concert, and in general, the audience respected the musician’s position. This is a difficult debate because, on the one hand, it is legitimate for artists to feel that their work is not being recognized and respected, as, on the other hand, any raver feels tempted to use his mobile phone to remember the moment forever. As far as we know, there is no festival or nightclub that forbids it, and the testimonies of spectators who have rebelled against others for using the mobile phone are rare. It is a movement of awareness that artists, in general, claim, but for now, does not seem to have been understood by the fans.