Glastonbury to Allow Selfie Sticks

Long live the selfie sticks at music festivals, we guess.

After several North American music festivals decided to ban the distracting device, English festival Glastonbury has revealed that they will be letting the contraption into their event.

In an interview with NME, festival organizer Emily Eavis confirmed that they do not have a set rule about the elongated stick, unlike other festivals (and venues), who have it listed on their prohibited items category.

“A lot of festivals have banned selfie sticks, but we’re not really in the business of banning stuff. We haven’t really decided where we stand on them,” she said.

“I’m going to walk around and see if they’re getting in the way or not!”

The banning of the seflie sticks isn’t just contained to North American venues. Surprisingly, the banning began across the pond at several European locations. Music venues like O2 Academy Brixton, London’s O2 Arena and the SSE Wembley Arena as well as historical landmarks like France’s Palace of Versailles and Rome’s Colosseum have banned the elongated sticks from their premises.

They have cited safety and health concerns as the reason, but we can probably assume that the real issue is.

If you’re thinking about taking the selfie stick to any music festivals this Summer, tread carefully because you never know who you might be blocking just to take a gazillion pictures to show off you were at a festival. The person you’re blocking might just be planning your demise using said stick.

You never know.

Glastonbury Festival will take place from June 24-28 at Worthy Farm, Somerset. This year’s headliners include Kanye West, the Foo Fighters, and The Who.

Seflie Sticks Banned in British Music Venues

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.