The infamous selfie sticks are getting a no-go to many UK venues. The venues are banning the sticks as a “health and safety” measure, though we here at DHA would ban them as complete idiocy. I mean, a selfie stick on a gig? Seriously?

Mixmag reported that at least the 02 Academy Brixton, 02 Arena and Wembley Arena will be banning the selfie stick from any future shows. This can mean denial of access to ticket holders found in possession of this dreadful sword of the lone social media warrior.

A noteworthy detail of the whole ordeal is that only the selfie sticks are banned, not selfies per se as they are seen as “a big part of the gig experience” according to the spokesperson of the Wembley SSE Arena. Be it as it may, that hasn’t stopped many of the worlds best clubs from banning photos completely. One well known example of this is of course Berghain, which has always had a strict no-photos policy. Also, the now passed Trouw in Amsterdam asked party goers to keep phone use to a minimum in their house rules. Similar policies are becoming more and more common as venues and audiences alike are becoming tired of the constant glare of iPhones.

In our book, this goes down as a positive policy. After all, clubs and venues exist for the music played inside and enjoying the vibe with the people present, not for enhancing Instagram accounts with selfies from last night. Especially if this enhancing requires a selfie stick.

About The Author

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Axel is a music writer, a DJ, and a radio host. Since stepping on the 1’s and 2’s in 2008 it’s been one helluva ride for this house music lover. Gathering full momentum in the Finnish scene with his SMOOD duo, this northern dweller packed his bags and re-located in A’dam in 2014. Axel is known for a wide spanning view on everything with a 4/4 beat. His Dj-sets have been heard both in clubs and on the semi-national radio station Basso in FIN. With interests on both the current state of dance music as well as where it all came from, it was only natural for him to jump on the DHA bandwagon. Axel has a knack for discussing everything house, but also enjoys letting the music speak for itself. His writings are known to be as provocative as the cheeky house tunes that he plays whenever given the chance.

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