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PopWrapped | Music

Music Festivals Ban The Scourge Of Selfie Sticks

Margie Patton | PopWrapped Author

Margie Patton

Updated 04/7/2015 6:35pm
Music Festivals Ban The Scourge Of Selfie Sticks | selfie stick
 

People using cell phones at concerts has become the bane of music lovers everywhere. It's impossible to go to any show these days without having your view blocked at some point by a sea of cell phones held high all in order to capture dozens of blurry photos or a few minutes of grainy footage no one will ever watch on YouTube.

Even worse offenders are people who don't even use their phones to document the performances. We've all seen "that guy" texting or checking his Facebook page during a kick-ass concert. We've all also wanted to take that guy's phone and enjoy the sound of it crunching under our heels.

But the absolute worst cell phone related concert criminals have got to be the selfie takers. The people and their posse of equally self-absorbed friends who insist on making themselves the center of attention in their own awkwardly created group huddle. With the invention of the selfie stick, the problem reached a whole new level, with selfish egomaniacs doing even more to ruin everyone's view and overall good vibes.

Now, finally, someone is taking a stand against the stick. Organizers of the major music festivals Coachella and Lollapalooza have officially banned the extending poles loved so much by those who love themselves so much. The festivals are following the lead of Miami's Ultra Music Festival and Australian festival Soundwave, who both banned the devices for their events this year.

Ultra Music Festival even went so far as to tweet:

https://twitter.com/ultra/status/573517572567535617

So if you know anyone planning to take a selfie stick to a show, advise them to leave it at home. They may end up having that pole shoved up somewhere where the resulting photos would only be of use for a colonoscopy.

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