Selfie Sticks Banned at Coachella and Lollapalooza
The "FAQs" page on Lollapalooza's website includes "GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods" in its list of items that are "NOT ALLOWED" at the festival. Coachella states it more simply on their "Rules & Policies" page: "NO Selfie sticks / Narsisstics."
Other U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo and Sasquatch have not yet taken a stance on the issue, but a spokesperson for Wembley SSE Arena, one of the U.K. venues to ban selfie sticks, acknowledges that "selfies are a big part of the gig experience."
"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," the spokesperson told NME. The same seems to be true for Coachella and Lollapalooza, although the latter festival notes on its "FAQs" page that its list of contraband items is "subject to change"
The ban may make it more difficult for journalists to cover these festivals, however, as selfie sticks have recently proven to be a valuable reporting tool. Earlier this month at the annual meeting of China's National People's Congress, many reporters ditched their crews in favor of small cameras on the collapsible metal poles.