Edinburgh music festival to ban use of mobile phones

An Edinburgh electronic music festival will ban the use of mobile phones this summer so that people can “actually live in the moment”.

Attendees of FLY Open Air Festival, which takes place between May 18-19, will have to leave their handsets in special security boxes upon entry to the event’s Boiler Room stage.

Speaking to Metro about the bold move, festival director Tom Ketley said: “You would not go to the cinema and watch the film through your phone, so I don’t see how this is any different.

“Dance music is becoming more popular within youth culture, and more and more young people are getting addicted to their phones. It means people are watching the whole show through their screens.”

He continued: “We felt like there was no other way do this other than take quite drastic action. If you put stickers over people cameras they just take them off.”

Ketley has arranged for 8,000 cases to be shipped over from America for the festival. The cases have security tags similar to those found attached to items of clothing at shops, which you use to lock away the phone.

Nina Kravitz, Peggy Gou, Honey Dijon and Jasper James are among the names set to perform at the festival.

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