Popular concert venues across London have taken the decision to ban selfie sticks for reasons of safety and concerns over obscured views.
Any convert-goer attending gigs at Wembley Arena, O2 Arena, and Brixton Academy will not be permitted to enter the venue with a selfie stick. The move follows reports of injuries inflicted upon attendees of live music events by mishandled selfie sticks, and complaints that the self-portrait aids impair the view and experience for other fans.
An O2 Arena spokesperson told UK music magazine NME, “the O2 do not allow selfie sticks into the arena due to safety considerations. We welcome selfies, but please leave the stick at home.”
A spokesperson for Wembley Arena concurred, saying, “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.”
A Brixton Academy representative added, “Selfie sticks are not permitted at Academy Music Group venues. This is in keeping with our existing policy that prohibits the filming and photography during a performance with iPads and other tablet devices and includes any such obstructions for the satisfaction of other customers.”