Portable selfie sticks may be catching on faster than Instagram addiction, but a few major U.S. festivals are banning the devices. The NME reports Coachella and Lollapalooza have already announced that the photo sticks won’t be allowed at their events.

Several festivals in the U.K. have participated in the ban in 2014. “Selfies are a big part of the gig experience,” a spokesperson for London’s Wembley SSE Arena told music-news website NME. “The sticks might mean you are refused entry to the venue so our advice is don’t bring them and stick with the tried and tested use of an arm.”

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Coachella and Lollapalooza are not alone in this: earlier this year, the camera accessory was banned from Australia’s Soundwave festival and several UK music venues including the O2 Arena, SSE Wembley Arena and O2 Academy Brixton.

And the reasoning thereof seems eminently sensible: Soundwave promoter AJ Maddah told Fairfax that selfie sticks obscured the view for other people in the crowd, noting that after 40 or 50 selfie sticks appeared in Melbourne, the festival would not tolerate their presence at Brisbane and Sydney. Meanwhile, the UK venues gave NME similar reasons — adding that filming and photographing performances violated their existing policies.


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