Selfie sticks will not be banned at Glastonbury Festival, confirms organiser Emily Eavis

Eavis says she's 'going to walk around and see if they're getting in the way or not' at this year's festival

Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis has confirmed that selfie sticks will not be banned at this year’s event, although fans may be discouraged from bringing them to the festival in the future.

Earlier this year, a number of US festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza listed selfie sticks among their “prohibited items”. While the devices – elongated sticks that attach to a camera or phone to aid photo-taking – have been banned from major British music venues, including O2 Academy Brixton, London’s O2 Arena and the SSE Wembley Arena, due to health and safety reasons, Eavis has stated that they are not technically banned at Worthy Farm.

Speaking to NME in this week’s issue, available digitally and on newsstands now, Eavis said: “A lot of festivals have banned selfie sticks, but we’re not really in the business of banning stuff. We haven’t really decided where we stand on them. I’m going to walk around and see if they’re getting in the way or not!”

Emily Eavis also told NME about the new aspects of this year’s event, which will include a new woodland glade area. She revealed: “That’s where Strummerville will be located this year. It’s going to have a quiet, kind of campfire vibe.”

The Other Stage has also experienced a facelift, Eavis confirmed. She elaborated: “We’ve got a new structure for the Other Stage. Currently it’s the standard dome stage, which you see everywhere. The new one is a rectangular stage, which hasn’t been seen anywhere, and then on the front of it, Joe Rush has done an amazing installation. My project is to try give the Other Stage its own identity because it’s an amazing stage with so much incredible music on it.”

Eavis also stated that the secret sets this year are worth getting excited about. She admitted: “We’ve got all sorts of things popping up that are unprogrammed. You’ll see lots of special guests up at The Park this year, but you’ll just have to stumble on them.” She continued to warn punters from believing rumours. She added: “Don’t listen to the rumours. Any kind of hysteria that’s started on Twitter is normally not true… Every year people say Prince is playing. He’s not.”

Glastonbury Festival runs from June 24-28 at its traditional home of Worthy Farm, Somerset. This year’s headline acts include Kanye West, Foo Fighters and The Who. Watch Emily Eavis discuss Foo Fighters’ booking in a video interview with NME below.