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Kendrick Lamar denies banning phones at gigs

The rapper says fans can film his concerts, but joins Beyonce and the Killers in excluding professional photographers

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Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar has denied rumours he is banning mobile phones at his concerts. On February 10, the Observer reported that Lamar was not permitting professional photographers into the photo pit on his European tour, allowing only his personal photographers to document the shows. His label, Top Dawg Entertainment, provide selected images to media outlets.

However, this led to assumptions that Lamar was also preventing fans from capturing his performances on their phones, which his representatives have now denied in a statement released to Pitchfork.

Neither practice is uncommon. Artists such as Beyonce and the Killers give live access only to their own photographers, while acts including Jack White and Savages have attempted to limit the use of camera phones at their shows. White’s managers recently issued a statement in advance of the musician’s forthcoming UK tour: “We think you’ll enjoy looking up from your gadgets for a little while and experience music and our shared love of it IN PERSON.”

Lamar recently curated the soundtrack for Marvel’s Black Panther, and is nominated for best international male artist at next week’s Brit awards.