Shawn Mendes: Don't ban phones at gigs — they’re my favourite thing

alistair foster

Jack White has asked his fans to lock their phones up in special pouches at his gigs, while Adele has told concertgoers to stop filming.

But Shawn Mendes has defended smartphones — saying moments when his fans raise their devices in unison to film him make him feel “present” with the crowd.

The Canadian singer, 19, said he also liked how his fans relived the show by sharing clips on social media.

He said: “My favourite thing about performing live is you know especially nowadays everyone’s extremely connected to their phones and stuff like that. There is a moment in every single set that is just a moment that you find yourself completely being present with the crowd.”

Loved up: Shawn Mendes with Hailey Baldwin (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Mendes will play two nights at the O2 Arena next April, following two gigs at the venue during his world tour last year. He said: “I’m sure it will be one of the best shows on the tour. Performing at the O2 was a complete dream of mine.

“I was lucky enough to be able to do two nights there. A lot of people who I really love came and saw the show — Niall Horan, who’s a good friend of mine, came and watched me, and that was a very special moment.

“London has some of the most incredible fans in the world. They’re super loud and super supporting, so it was a really awesome gig.”

One thing would make the concerts even better — working with Alicia Keys. He said: “She is one of the best people in the entire world. If I got to collaborate with her it would be a dream.”

O2 customers can buy tickets for Mendes’s gigs at the O2 Arena through the Priority app from today, before they go on general release on Friday.