More than a quarter of young people (27 per cent) think mobile phones should be banned at live music events because filming and photography is distracting and takes away from the experience.

In a new survey by the event guide and ticketing outlet, Skiddle, more than 1,200 young people between the ages of 16-30 were questioned about the use of mobile phones at gigs and festivals.

Of the 27 per cent who thought mobile phones should be banned for filming and photography purposes:

  • 37 per cent said they were distracting
  • 34 per cent said they take away from the experience
  • One fifth (20 per cent) said they block your view of the artist or band
  • 8 per cent said filming and photography was disrespectful to the artist or band

Of the 74 per cent who said mobile phones shouldn’t be banned; over half (52 per cent) of young people said they capture footage because they like to relive the experience once they have left the event. Nearly a quarter (24 per cent) said they like to share the music experience on social media and 13 per cent said if they have bought a ticket it is their right to use their phones as they wish.

Ben Sebborn, director and co-founder of Skiddle, commented: “The issue of banning mobile phones at gigs is one that has been hotly debated in recent months and it’s certainly a subject which almost everyone has a strong opinion on. We found the results of this survey particularly interesting because of the age of respondents. Typically banning filming and photography is an opinion most commonly associated with older generations – however this survey shows that many younger people agree that live music experiences are best enjoyed without handheld technology present.

“However, despite the issue been highlighted by artists, gig-goers and venues on an almost weekly basis, it does appear that an overwhelming majority (74 per cent) think that filming and photography should be allowed at live music events, which shows any crackdown will result in a high proportion of unsatisfied music fans.

“Whatever your opinion, it’s clear that this is a contentious issue that isn’t going to go away and it will be interesting to watch the debate unfold as opinion becomes more and more divided.”