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Damon Albarn opposes Bob Dylan’s phone ban at gigs: “Where does it end?”

Blur’s Damon Albarn has shared that he does not agree with Bob Dylan’s mobile phone ban from his upcoming tour.The discussion arose following the folk-rock icon announcing details of an upcoming UK tour, which will see him play a total of 10 shows across the country this winter.It was also confirmed that a phone ban would be implemented on all dates, and attendees would be made to switch off their phones and place them into a Yondr pouch that would be locked by staff at the venue.Visitors then keep the pouch throughout the gig, however, it can only be re-opened either at the end of the show or if they try to leave the building beforehand.Now, in a new interview with BBC, Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn has shared his opposition to the approach, and said that he thinks fans having phones adds to the atmosphere of live performances.“If you start banning things where does it end? I think you’ve just got to turn up and do your thing,” he told the outlet. “People won’t want to be on their phone if you’re engaging with them correctly.”He also went on to reflect on his huge summer shows at Wembley Stadium with Blur last year, and said that the Sunday gig was their favourite-ever performance.
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The Mary Wallopers play Glastonbury’s Park Stage for the first time
The Mary Wallopers played Glastonbury for the second year in a row this afternoon, moving up to the Park Stage from the Crows Nest and Acoustic Stage.The six-piece brought their energetic mix of Celtic folk and punk to one of the main stages for the first time, charming festivalgoers with their anti-capitalist lyrics and liberal use of innuendo. They began with ‘Bold O’Donogue’ and ‘Love Will Never Conquer Me’, before ‘The Rich Man and The Poor Man’, during which they thrilled the crowd with the lyric: “The rich are fucking cuntions”.The band then went on to express support for Palestine amid the ongoing Israel-Gaza war before the start of the anti-war track ‘Lots of Little Soldiers’.They were witty too: “What, did you think you were coming to see professionals?” quipped Charles Hendy as his bandmates had to quickly retune between tracks.Peter Hooton, frontman of 1990s indie dance band The Farm, was among those in attendance as The Wallopers worked their way through renditions of folk classics, tweeting: “Absolutely packed at the Park stage for the brilliant @MaryWallopers.”Absolutely packed at the Park stage for the brilliant @marywallopers @glastonbury pic.twitter.com/KMww5P43Oe— TheFarm/PeterHooton (@TheFarm_Peter) June 28, 2024It looks as though the band may have found themselves some new fans with their set, one telling them on Twitter/X that they’d “never heard of you before today but absolutely loving it, pure happiness,” while another described them as “unreal”.Earlier this week (June 24) the Mary Wallopers shared their latest EP, ‘Home Boys Home’, and announced a UK tour for 2025.
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