Call it justice, call it luck, or just call it about time, but it appears that venues in England are finally getting the memo that not everyone wants a huge device in their eye sight while at a concert, especially if they paid some serious cash to be there.
According to Billboard, London’s O2 Arena, O2 Academy Brixton, and SSE Wembley are just some of the music venues that are implementing a “no selfie stick” policy.
If you’re new or just oblivious to the new “trend,” someone decided to create an extended stick in which you can put your phone or camera at the end. this will allow the person to take a photo, or video, of a performance of without the issue of getting people’s heads in the shot.
“The O2 do not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations and so as not to impact the view of other fans. We welcome selfies, but leave the stick at home please,” an O2 spokesperson told the music publication about the high in demand gift that was pretty much sold out everywhere during the 2014 holiday season.
“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 such obstructions for the satisfaction of other customers.”
In other words, no one wants to see your hot pink or aquamarine colored stick while you try to take a picture of All Time Low from the pit.
“Selfies are a big part of the gig experience, the stick might mean you are refused entry to the venues” said a Wembley Arena spokesperson.
“Our advice is don’t bring them and stick with the tried-and-tested use of an arm.”
The implementation against the selfie stick in British music venues comes on the heels of British sports arenas banning the contraption on their premises. Teams such as Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal have all banned it.
In other news, the fact that a stick to take pictures of you is making someone some serious cash at the moment, makes us want to hit our head against a wall. Repeatedly.