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In what may become the norm at Irish gigs, Chris Rock banned the use of mobile phone at his 3Arena Dublin show on September 30.

Wanting fans to “live in the moment”, Rock insisted on mobile devices being placed in a Yondr case, an American device which, triggered by an electronic signal, locks when gig-goers enter the designated “phone-free zone.”

If a call needs to be made during the gig, punters can return to the foyer or bar area where their phones will unlock.

“For any touring artist, the use of mobile phones at their live shows is becoming a major intrusion with the ringing, flashing lights, tweets, selfies etc. affecting the quality of the performanc­e,” Rock’s people said.

There was a similar zero tolerance towards phones when Kraftwerk visited the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in June when they virtually flew a 3D flying saucer down the Liffey, took a sharp right at the Samuel Beckett Bridge and, after a bit more hovering, landed outside the venue.

Talking to Hot Press, Tom Meighan bemoaned that Kasabian can no longer try out material on crowds because the songs are immediatel­y shared on social media.

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