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Selfie Sticks: Concerts Banning Selfie-Taking Paraphernalia

Selfie Sticks: Concerts Banning Selfie-Taking Paraphernalia
Tourists use a 'selfie stick' to take their photograph in front of the White House in Washington, DC, February 18, 2015. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 30 March 2015 07:39 PM EDT

Two major music festivals have banned selfie sticks from their concerts, but not selfies altogether.

Both Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Lollapalooza have put selfie sticks, which attach to a smartphone or camera and allow an extended "arm" with which to take a picture of oneself or a group of friends, on their lists of disallowed items.

Both concert festivals are still allowing camera phones and nonprofessional cameras.

Last month, selfie sticks were bounced from Australia's Soundwave festival as well as United Kingdom venues O2 Arena, SSE Wembley Arena, and O2 Academy Brixton.

Some U.S. and U.K museums also don't allow the gadget, including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, New York's Museum of Modern Art, Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

In announcing the ban at Wembley SSE Arena, a spokesperson told NME.com: "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."

While opinions on the gadget are divided, music promoters note that selfie sticks can obstruct the view for other people in the crowd, and can be dangerous.

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