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I went to a concert recently, the first one for quite some time and it was quite an eye opener because although I managed to get quite close to the front of the stage, I didn't actually have a particularly good view of the band I had come to see! For once it wasn't because of the tall man stood in front me.
The problem was that I couldn't see anything due to the fact that everyone in front of me had their arms raised and they were all holding up their flaming mobile phones and cameras! This happened literally within the first few notes that got played, suddenly everyone stuck their camera phones in the air.
I didn't pay forty quid for a ticket just so I could look at your bl***y mobile phone!"
It was absolutely ridiculous and to me this is quite a selfish thing to do. I've paid good money, and in my opinion quite a lot of hard earned money to watch live music, but I have to dodge back and forward to catch the odd glimpse of anything on the stage.
Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. I heard a woman not that far from me yelling out something along the lines of "I didn't pay forty quid for a ticket just so I could look at your bl***y mobile phone!".
Why do people do this? What's the point of recording a gig, or even worse little snippets of one on a mobile phone? The sound is at best crappy and the video quality even on the decent Android phones is never going to equal the quality of the professional recordings. Why don't people just enjoy the live music music with their eyes and ears instead of through a 3 or 4 inch LCD screen? They'd have a much better memory to take away at the end of the evening after all.
I'd go as far as to say that these devices should be banned from auditoriums but I'd imagine trying to do that would be a logistical nightmare.