COLUMBUS (WCMH) — More and more concerts and events are going phone free.

Alicia Keys is one of the most recent artists to ban cell phones at her shows. Others now banning cell phones at their events include Dave Chappelle, the Lumineers and Louis C.K, the Washington Post reports.

To make sure you don’t use your phone during the show, security teams have you place your mobile device in specially designed neoprene pouches made by the company Yondr. The pouch locks your phone inside, preventing you from using it while your watching a concert or comedy show. If you need to use your phone, you simply walk outside the event venue and use a special metal disk to break the lock.

Artists say it keeps people from recording their work and lets you enjoy the show without focusing on your phone.

“If you haven’t been to a phone-free show, you just don’t know what you’re missing,” said Graham Dugoni, 29, Yondr’s founder. “There’s something about living in real life that can’t be replicated.”

“It’s annoying when people have their phones out, lights blaring,” said Jackie Coward, 53. “They can’t stop texting. It’s disrespectful, and I like Alicia Keys. I don’t need to put out her stuff early. They should do this in more places.”

Still, not everyone likes having their phone locked up in a pouch so they can’t use it.

“In this day and age, my phone is how I keep my memory,” Gerard Little, 24, told the Washington Post. “Chris Brown. Jason Derulo. I have their footage on my phone. If you don’t want your music heard, then don’t perform it.”

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