Over the past couple of years we've seen a few high-profile instances of a growing backlash against people whipping out their smartphones to snap pictures of gigs. Any dedicated showgoer will be no stranger to the sight of glowing iPhone screens jutting into view, and you may have some pretty strong opinions yourself – whether you're a keen snapper or a more in-the-moment kind of person.
The smartphone issue is such a big deal because, well, everyone has one now! For some, they're an essential part of the gig experience – snapping some shots for Instagram, a selfie with your mates in the crowd, a Snapchat video to tease friends who couldn't get tickets. For others, they're annoying, produce rubbish photos and videos, and get in the way – how can you enjoy the gig if you're watching it through a tiny screen?
Bands themselves are divided – Kate Bush, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Neutral Milk Hotel are among high-profile acts who have banned smartphones from their gigs, while others like Fall Out Boy and Weezer encourage loyal fans to upload their gig photos to Crowd Album.
As lovers of music and sellers of phones, we felt compelled to get involved in the debate, and surveyed the UK's gig-goers to find out their views. We also chatted to a few of our favourite up-and-coming acts – the bands and artists for whom social media exposure is the most useful – to hear their side.