If you’re thinking about investing in a “Seflie Stick” to take to one of the many music festivals that are coming our way this Summer, you might want to take a look at the “prohibited items” list before you do so.
Over the weekend, Brooklyn Vegan reported that two of the biggest festivals of the year, Coachella and Lollapalooza, have added the picture-taking contraption to the list of prohibited items for this year’s musical gatherings.
In Lollapalooza’s FAQ’s, they have listed that “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods” are not allowed at the Grant Park, Chicago venue.
Coachella, on the other hand, have claimed that their reason behind banning the selfie stick is to combat narcissism in attendees. “Selfie sticks / Narcisists,” the FAQ bullet point says.
We’re not so sure how that’s going to work since a lot of people and “celebrities” pay (get paid) to pretend to be interested in the artists playing and be seen at the event.
As of now, other big festivals like the Governors Ball and Bonnaroo have yet to comment about the selfie stick and its future at their festivals, but it might be a good idea to keep it at home as well.
These selfie stick bans come on the heels of several European venues prohibiting the device. Music venues like O2 Arena and Wembley Stadium as well as historical landmarks like France’s Palace of Versailles and Rome’s Colosseum have also banned last Christmas’ hottest selling item.
In other words, don’t buy it if you think you’ll be able to get into venue with something the length of a baseball bat.