Two of the biggest musical festivals in the U.S. force concert-goers to take selfies the old fashioned way

By Drew Mackie
Updated March 30, 2015 06:50 PM
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Bring your dancing shoes. Bring your sunscreen. But please leave those selfie sticks at home.

Selfie sticks, those divisive extenders used to take even grander photos of yourself, have been banned by two of the nation’s largest music festivals, Coachella and Lollapalooza, the Associated Press reports.

Though the reasoning behind the ban wasn’t explained by the management of either festival, the devices have earned the ire of concert-goers whose views have been blocked by inconsiderate people using them. When the Australian music festival Soundwave banned selfie sticks this year, the promoters said they did so to ensure attendees’ enjoyment.

On the official Coachella website, selfie sticks now appear on the list of forbidden items, alongside hula hoops, weapons, pets and audio-recording devices. The wording specifically says “no selfie sticks/narsisstics.” The Lollapalooza FAQ page bans “photo attachments like sticks, selfie sticks and monopods,” but allows for the narcissists.

The AP story noted that Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, which took place March 27-29, tweeted on March 5 that selfie sticks would also be banned, noting “They will be turned away and we’ll probably make fun of you.”

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