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Music festivals at the moment are the prime place for selfie-associated narcissism, however two main US festivals are banning the newest image enabling expertise – the selfie stick – at their 2015 occasion.
Chicago’s Lollapalooza has listed “GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks and monopods” below its prohibited objects checklist on-line, whereas Coachella, the annual occasion in California, has added “Selfie sticks/Narsisstics” on its web site underneath objects disallowed on web site.
While many artists have beforehand been vocal about cell phone use at gigs, the prevention of selfie sticks seems to be a brand new and rising concern amongst gig and competition organisers. Soundwave pageant, held in main cities throughout Australia, just lately blocked its punters from bringing selfie sticks to the occasion, claiming the “wands of narcissism” have been a distraction from the music. They have additionally been banned from British music venues, such as the O2 Academy Brixton, London’s O2 Arena and the SSE Wembley Arena.
Speaking to NME about their resolution to ban the units, a spokesperson for Wembley SSE Arena mentioned that gig-goers utilizing the instrument could block the view of others on the present.
“Selfies are a giant a part of the gig expertise,” a spokesperson stated. “The sticks would possibly imply you’re refused entry to the venue so our recommendation is don’t convey them and stick to the tried and examined use of an arm.”
The selfie stick, which permits snappers to increase their camera cellphone to a metre in size to allow the proper group shot, have been a bestselling merchandise this Christmas.