It is reported that flag ship festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza have banned the famous selfie stick from their upcoming festivals this year. It appears they have outlawed all form of monopods and selfie sticks to put a stop to recordings of live performances that are against the wills of the artists and promoters.
The selfie stick ban will likely be hard to enforce as they can fit easily in a bag or pocket as well as being disguised as flags and camping equipment. Although these two leaders in the festival world have banned the selfie sticks there is no sign that other festivals are following their lead. Glastonbury and other large festivals around the world have not taken a stance on this issue yet but we expect to hear something either way soon.
Earlier in the year many football clubs banned the famous selfie stick for fear that it can be used as a weapon. This is understandable considering footballs history but then again pretty much anything can be used as a weapon in the wrong hands. Many concert venues around the UK have also banned the selfie stick and reserve the right to refuse entry upon detection of a selfie stick.
Museums and other historic sites have also ran into the problem of too many selfie sticks gracing their halls. Many of Europes top destinations have also banned selfie sticks but again we fail to see how this will be enforced fully.
Hear at nacd we love the selfie stick but we can understand how it can become a nuisance for many venues but hope that they are not banned at every festival as that would be a bummer all round.