Take a second and live — at least that’s what Yondr wants from us!

There’s a tendency within the younger generation to feel like everything needs to be uploaded so people know you’re experiencing cool things. There’s that factor of validation that comes with someone swiping up on your story about a concert you’ve attended — yet, the affirmation that comes from living in the moment should outweigh that. I’ve experienced concerts through my phone and I’ve lived through concerts with my phone put away. Ultimately, I’ve found that I’ve had more fun at shows when I’m not worrying about capturing the best pictures or videos. Although I know that I prefer a phone-free experience, it’s hard for me to ignore the temptation to pull out my phone. Enter: Yondr.

Yondr is one of the most exciting new companies in the concert production world. When an artist chooses to use Yondr, all of the audience members are given a special pouch to put their phones and smartwatches in that will automatically lock for the duration of the show. This allows the audience to engage with the performance without distractions, and allows the performer to feel connected to the audience. Yondr is unique because you have your phone in your possession, allowing you to not worry about its whereabouts, but it also makes it easier for you to live in the moment and not worry about what’s going on in the virtual world.

Yondr is becoming more and more popular among legendary artists. Musicians like Jack White, Childish Gambino, and Alicia Keys are fans, along with comedian Dave Chappelle — Yondr has some influential users! Yondr allows you to release your connection to the outside world and be fully present for the event — ultimately creating a sense of community and connection among the artists and the audience. You also get to fully live inside the artist’s world by experiencing their show stress-free.

Yondr will be used at Tiffany Haddish’s stand up set at Cuse Can, which will allow for the Syracuse University community to all get the most out of Haddish’s performance. Haddish is guaranteed to keep you laughing all afternoon long, and you’ll be glad you didn’t miss any of her jokes whilst sending a text or posting on Instagram.

The Tiffany Haddish performance at the Goldstein Auditorium in Schine Student Center will be a phone-free experience. Use of cellphones, smart watches, smart accessories, cameras or recording devices will not be permitted in the performance space.

Upon arrival at the venue, all phones and smart watches will be secured in Yondr pouches that will be opened at the end of the event. Guests maintain possession of their phones at all times, and can access their phones throughout the show at designated Phone Use Areas in the venue. All phones will be resecured in Yondr pouches before returning to the performance space. Guests are encouraged to print their tickets in advance to ensure a smooth entry process.

Anyone seen using a cellphone during the performance will be escorted out of the venue. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience.

By Mackenzie Glaubitz