British Music Venues Are Banning Selfie Sticks
A handful of British music venues are asking concertgoers to leave their selfie sticks at home. The O2 Academy Brixton, O2 Arena and SSE Wembley Arena have all banned the devices from their premises. The venues offered NME several reasons for the ban, ranging from obstructing fans’ views of the stage to safety concerns.
“Selfie sticks are not permitted at Academy Music Group venues,” the group – which owns O2 Academy Brixton – said in a statement. “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 an such obstructions for the satisfaction of other customers.”
“The O2 does not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations,” the London establishment said. “We welcome selfies, but please leave the stick at home.”
As for the SSE Arena, a representative said that their customers will just have to continue stretching out their arms when taking pictures at their next concert.
“Selfies are a big part of the gig experience,” the arena said in the interview. “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.”