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Radiohead encourage use of phones at concerts, ask fans to Periscope performance

on June 22, 2016, 3:45pm

Photo by Nina Corcoran

The surge of social media has led several artists to ask that their fans’ phones remain tucked away in their pockets during a performance — Jack White being one of the most vocal. There’s even a company built entirely around the concept of “no-phone zones”. However, Radiohead, in true Radiohead fashion, are taking a far different approach to the use of cellular devices during shows: Thom Yorke & co. are actually encouraging their concertgoers to film and share their experiences.

As Pitchfork points out, prior to the band’s performance at Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival last weekend, WiFi codes were made available to those in the audience. The codes were obtained through Twitter by direct messaging the account @doorisnowclosed. The codes were also shared on Radiohead’s W.A.S.T.E. Central site. Attendees were then actually asked to Periscope portions of the show so that it could be instantly shared and viewed by fans around the world.

Several of the Periscope streams are still active (like this one and this one), and many concertgoers also shared their streams on Twitter, some of which can be viewed below.