Selfie sticks banned at Coldplay concert

Along with glow sticks, political banners and studded belts

Selfie sticks are among items banned from Coldplay‘s upcoming gig in New Zealand this weekend, according to reports.

The band play the Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland on Saturday (November 3), with The Daily Mail publishing a lengthy list of items reportedly prohibited at the venue.

Among the banned items are selfie sticks, glow sticks, political banners and studded belts, plus “any other items deemed by Stadium management or the promoter to be illegal, dangerous or a nuisance to yourself or others.”

See the full list beneath:

Selfie sticks
Branded or commercial food and drinks, including takeaways
Metal utensils/cutlery
Chilly bins
Fireworks, flares, lasers or flash lights
Glow sticks
Air horns
Furniture chairs or stools
Skateboards, rollerblades, bicycles or scooters
Animals (excluding service dogs)
Political banners and signs
Crash helmets
Large spiked/studded belts or bracelet

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Selfie sticks have long attracted ire from venues and bands alike. Last year, a number of US festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza listed selfie sticks among their “prohibited items”. The devices – elongated sticks that attach to a camera or phone to aid photo-taking – have also 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.

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor also expressed his disdain for fans taking selfie sticks to gigs and festivals, saying that he would “beat the shit out of you with a cricket bat” if you were to bring one to his concerts.

Meanwhile, Coldplay have confirmed that the band will release a new EP in 2017.

The four-piece took to Twitter to make the announcement. They wrote: “Hello everyone. We’re working on some new songs for next year. It’s called the ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP.”

They gave no further details of any tracklisting or song titles. The band released their album ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ in December 2015, reaching Number One in the UK and selling over four million copies so far.

Earlier this year, frontman Chris Martin hinted at a future EP release. “We’re comfortable with being who we are at the moment,” he said. “I think when we let go of the idea we had to try and win everyone over I think that was really liberating.”

Martin continued: “I’d be surprised if there was another conventional Coldplay album. I just feel like we’re right where we’re supposed to be right now. I meant what I said to you a couple of years ago I feel like this is a closing chapter of something. I stand by that I’m afraid.”

Coldplay play the following UK/Europe dates next year:

Munich, Olympiastadion (June 6, 2017)
Lyon, Parc Olympique Lyonnais (8)
Vienna, Ernst-Happel-Stadion (11)
Leipzig, Red Bull Arena (14)
Hannover, HDI Arena (16)
Warsaw, PGE Narodowy (18)
Brussels, Koning Boudewijnstadion (21)
Gothenburg, Ullevi (25)
Frankfurt, Commerzbank-Arena (30)
Milan, Stadio San Siro (July 3)
Dublin, Croke Park (8)
Cardiff, Principality Stadium (11, 12)
Paris, Stade de France (15)