Placebo has asked fans not to take photos or videos with their mobile phones during their concerts.

Brian Molko and co are kicking off their UK and Irish tour in Portsmouth tonight (18.11.22), and they’ve requested giants keep their smartphones in their pockets so they can be “present in the moment” and have a transcendent experience.

A statement read: “Dear Placebo fans, we would kindly ask you NOT to film or take photos with your mobile phones during the concert.

“It makes Placebo performance so much more difficult. Harder to connect with you and to convey the emotions of the songs effectively. It’s also disrespectful to your fellow concertgoers who want to watch the show, not the back of your phone.”

They added: “Please be here and now in the present and enjoy the moment. Because this exact moment will never happen again. Our goal is to create community and transcendence. Please help us with our mission. With respect and love.”

Earlier this year, the group ‘Every You Every Me’ staged a series of phone-less concerts.

Fans were warned: “Anyone seen using a device during the performance will be politely escorted from the venue by security.”

Meanwhile, Placebo is on the bill for Download Festival’s 20th anniversary edition.

Metallica, Slipknot and Bring Me The Horizon will headline next year’s event, which will take place between 8 and 11 June in Donington Park, Leicestershire.

The spectacle will celebrate two decades in 2023, and to mark the milestone there will be four headline sets for the first time ever, with Metallica playing two no-repeat performances on June 8 and June 10.

The ‘Enter Sandman’ rockers said: “We are honored to come back once again and join the Download shenanigans at the sacred grounds of Castle Donington, which holds an unparalleled place in rock history.

“Plus, to be able to share our double show format for the first time ever in the UK with two completely unique sets with no repeat numbers is damn cool. Bring it on!”

Bring Me The Horizon will headline the musical extravaganza on June 9 and Slipknot will wrap up the event on June 11.

Evanescence, Parkway Drive, Disturbed, Pendulum, Architects, Ghost, The Distillers, Alexisonfire, Asking Alexandria, Motionless In White, I Prevail, The Blackout (reunion), Fever 333, Stray From The Path, Lorna Shore, Nova Twins and Municipal Waste will also perform on weekends.

Many more acts and surprises to be announced to celebrate Download’s 20-year legacy at Donington Park.

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