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Edinburgh music festival bans mobile phones

Organisers of FLY Open Air Festival, a music event taking place in Edinburgh, has announced their major plans to ban mobile phones during the show.

Taking place in Edinburgh between May 18-19, FLY Open Air have revealed the installation of special security cases upon entry to the festival which will ask attendees to turn over their devices.

“You would not go to the cinema and watch the film through your phone, so I don’t see how this is any different,” festival director Tom Ketley told Metro about their rule. “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.”

Organisers have shipped over 8,000 security cases from America for the event and attendees will be given security tags after they turn over their phone.

Peggy Gou, Honey Dijon, Jasper James, Nina Kravitz are some of the headline names confirmed for the festival.