In the past few years, there’s been a lot of talk about the cadre of artists who are asking audiences to put their cell phones down during live shows. That request raises plenty of questions: Aren’t paying fans free to do what they want? Or are those omnipresent screens changing the live-show atmosphere for the worst? But when someone like Kate Bush asks you to keep the cameras out of her show, it seems pretty clear, and uncontroversial, that you should just fucking do it.
Bush is about to return to the stage for the first time in 35 years, playing a series of shows this fall at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. And on her website, she’s just posted a note requesting, in kind and clear ways, that audience members “please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows.” Here’s the full text:
Many thanks to everyone who sent such lovely wishes for my birthday. I had a wonderful day.
We’re all very excited about the upcoming shows and are working very hard in preparation. It’s going very well indeed.
I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows :
We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
If you are going to be at one of these shows, you are a lucky person, and you should let the lady create the atmosphere she wants. After all, we don’t want to chase her away from the stage for another 35 years. Don’t fuck it up for the rest of us.