Goldenvoice, the promoter of Coachella Music and Arts Festival has banned the use of selfie sticks at this year’s festival. The ban can be found on the website Info & FAQ page, in a rather nondescript manner, rather than as some large announcement by Coachella promoters. The ban has been common amongst large venues and festivals since the inception of the large stick-like apparatus. Coachella is definitely not the first to ban the use, and certainly will not be the last.
The reason for the ban of the selfie stick is that is theoretically can be used as a weapon, in that it is long as rigid. I say “theoretically” because in all my years as a criminal defense attorney, I have yet to hear of a case prosecuting a person for using a selfie stick as a weapon. Normally people using selfies sticks, in the Coachella Valley and beyond, are more concerned with snapping memorable photos of themselves rather than in engaging in violent activities.
If you are going to Coachella this year, take it from this local criminal defense attorney, leave the selfie stick at home and focus on having fun in the present moment!