How concert experiences have changed with the smartphone

Michael Mulvey:

In the 2010′s photo, the connection is no longer one-to-one between the audience and the performers. A middleman has been inserted between the two sides. What this means is the priority is to capture a great version of what’s happening, not to experience the performance.

Just look at those two photos. I’m guilty of doing this at recent shows too.



  • lucascott

    Couple of years ago, maybe 3 at this point, I remember Miley Cyrus getting a lot of shit for shutting down her twitter etc. her reason? She felt like she was doing things so she’d have something to post. Not simply doing things to enjoy them

  • James Baker

    The middleman, giant video screens, was inserted a long time ago. Now if everyone could just get a direct feed from that (DRM’d with additional service charges, of course), they could sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

    • Billy Razzle

      I’ve wanted this for years. It would be great for the fans, & more cash for the bands. I don’t know why it’s not commonplace by now.

  • Billy Razzle

    Ha ha ha, those people on the right don’t have cool phones!

  • gjgustav

    I call BS. It’s not like they’re watching the entire concert through their phone screens. They’re snapping a couple of pics to share with their friends. Big deal.

  • BenHuckle

    I hate people who spend more time capturing the gig then enjoying it. Why bother paying to go? A few pictures to remember the event is cool but ultimately they’re all crap.

    I once recorded Metallica playing Master Of Puppets. Such a waste, didn’t enjoy the song as much live and the video was crap. Never rewatched it.

  • Doctorossi

    Instead of a Website, this change can be expressed in a single sentence:

    “Everyone holds their phones up at concerts now.”

    … and anyone impacted by the change will understand.

  • ant1pathy

    If concert venues would record the show and make it easily available, I wouldn’t feel compelled to do so.

  • Scott K

    I’ve taken photos at concerts, but I refuse…REFUSE…to be yet another screen in the crowd.

    Also, I’ve been asked by family members why I didn’t bring a DSLR to a particular event or function. I defend my actions by saying I’d much rather be completely present and take something all in with my eyes rather than be disconnected with a lens on my face.