Jack White Banning Cell Phones During Show

Will require phones to be put in Yondr pouches

Richard Root
January 26, 2018 - 5:17 am
Yondr pouch



Lewiston, NY (WBEN) - Jack White's tour will bring him to Artpark this summer, and if you're going to the show, it might be the first time you are forced to use a Yondr pouch.

You might be asking "what's a Yondr pouch?" A Yondr pouch is like a canvas phone sleeve with an extra flap and a lock on it. The lock can only be unlocked by a special device, not unlike the security tag removal device at clothing stores.

They came onto the scene in late 2014 when the inventor was demoing them at small California music venues.  They quickly caught the attention of artists who are tired of cell phones being a distraction at their shows.

That's the entire point, as the Yondr website states: "Yondr uses a patented system to create phone-free spaces for artists, educators, organizations and individuals."

"Better to be in the moment, I think," Jack White told Conan O'Brien when asked about cell phone use at his shows, "I think it's distracting for the people in the back who ar really trying to watch."

The list of artists who agree with White seems to be growing. Alicia Keys, The Lumineers, Guns N’ Roses, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle have already enforced Yondr pouches at their shows.

The device to unlock your phone is placed at the entrances and exits of the venue, plus at specially designated phone-use areas inside the venues.

Check out how the Yondr works at their website.

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