How Social Media is Deciding What Concerts Will Look Like

Is it time to just ban phones entirely?

October 2, 2018
Silhouette of hands using camera phone to take pictures and videos at pop concert, festival

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When Drake is in town, you’re almost guaranteed to wake up to an Instagram timeline full of pictures of him the next morning.

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Millions of people are seeing live shows every week, both in person and from the comfort of their own homes. The masterminds behind the shows are now having to take that into account by considering what the show will look like after it’s captured from our phone cameras.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, PrinceLady Gaga, Paul McCartney, and Nine Inch Nails concert designer LeRoy Bennett explained how social media has become his new boss.

From Drake’s flying Ferrari prop to massive LED screens, concert production is reaching all new heights. “If it’s iconic like that, it will be a good Instagram moment,” explains Bennett.  Artists are more concerned about people taking bad pictures, which often leads to more pressure on the designers. It’s not their fault someone took a low quality flip phone photo!

“We should just ban phones from any show, that’s my theory,” jokes Bennet. Some artists already have...