US festivals are now banning selfie sticks

This summer will see many festival-goers attempting to show off their selfie stick skills for the first time. But US festivals are now listing them as “prohibited items”. With only 12 days till the festival’s first weekend begins in Indio, California on April 10, Coachella organisers have stated that the devices are banned. Lollapalooza which takes place in Grant Park, Chicago on July 31 to August 2 this year has also issued a warning to those revellers looking to bring selfie sticks to the site.

Selfie sticks are very quickly being branded as a public hazard: Our culture’s “wand of idiocy” is no longer welcome in dozens of museums and attractions across the country. Now, it seems, festival goers will have to forgo the sticks, as well, and go back to taking narcissistic photos like it’s 2013.

In anticipation of their festival which stars April 10th, Coachella’s organizers have announced that “Selfie sticks / Narcissists” are now a prohibited item, along with chains, explosives, and knives. Lollapalooza, a huge summer fest that takes place in Grant Park, Chicago, has also issued a warning to any revellers looking to bring their selfie sticks this year.

According to NME:

The decisions follow previous stipulations in the UK. Selfie sticks have been banned from major British music venues, including O2 Academy Brixton, London’s O2 Arena and the SSE Wembley Arena. The devices — elongated sticks that attach to a camera or phone to aid photo-taking — were among the best-selling gifts of Christmas 2014, but have been outlawed from a number of venues on health and safety grounds.

The Academy Music Group, who own O2 Academy Brixton among others, added: “Selfie Sticks are not permitted at Academy Music Group venues. This is in keeping with our existing policy that prohibits the filming and photography during a performance with iPads and other tablet devices and includes any such obstructions for the satisfaction of other customers.”

AC/DC, Jack White and Drake will headline Coachella festival, which takes place across the weekends of April 10–12 and 17–19 on the Empire Polo Field site. The headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza are Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence + The Machine.