Chris Rock plays Dublin this month in what could be a sign of things to come as it’s going to be a phone-free gig.
Those attending the US comedian’s sold-out gig at the 3Arena on Saturday, September 30th will have to place their phones in a bespoke Yonder pouch (pictured below) for the duration of the gig which means no head wreckers blocking your view while recording or taking loads of pictures.
Yondr is a new system that has been used at gigs in the States but this will be the first time it’s being used in Ireland.
You’ll have to check your phone into a special Yondr pouch, which is then locked for the duration of the gig.
However, the pouch allows phone signals to get through, so someone can feel a phone vibrate when a message arrives.
Anyone who needs access during a show may leave the room, have the device unlocked and use the phone in the lobby or outside similar to the way smokers light up outside a non-smoking theatre.
The company say both performers and crowds benefit from a phone free auditorium:
“For any touring comedian, the increasing use of cell-phones at their live shows is becoming a major intrusion with the ringing, flashing lights, tweets, selfies etc affecting the quality of the performance.
“Some people spend the show posting the clips they record to You Tube rather than enjoying the actual live show they are attending.
“There is also the added problem for comedians who spend months polishing their performances to a high state of hilarity only to have their punchlines shared in advance by illegal recordings of their show.”