Well today’s the day. You’re excited to be here! You’ve worked your way to the front of the crowd, the band you’ve been waiting for starts playing their banging tunes but suddenly, you’re caught in the eye of the maelstrom; how exactly do you survive the moshpit? Well…………………Don’t panic! We’ve been in a few moshpits and have some survival and escape strategies that can work for anyone.
Preparation is key to surviving a moshpit and it begins before you even leave your home. Make sure you wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty or even ripping up; designer jeans and a nice jacket are pretty much a no-no if you’re going to an outdoor festival or expect to be in the floor area of an indoor concert. If you wear glasses, consider leaving your glasses at home or if you can opt for contact lenses instead. Don’t bring a watch, a bracelet or anything else of value that can potentially be lost or damaged, especially if you’re expecting to enter the pit. Tie your shoelaces, keep your mobile phone safe and keep well hydrated.
Avoiding The Pit
If you want nothing to do with the pit, it only makes sense to avoid it entirely before it even forms. The safest area in a concert is the halfway mark between the stage and the opposite end of the venue. We’re just going to assume that you want to be as close as possible to the band, so head to either the left or right areas of the crowd. If the band is playing it down, and there’s still a bunch of people waving their arms and jumping around, it only makes sense to move away from them as they’re the most likely to start pushing and shoving when the heavy songs begin again. One last thing, if you’re five-foot-five and weight 8 stone; don’t even consider entering a moshpit.
Moshpit Do’s and Dont’s
When in the pit, elbows down. You don’t want to hand out black eyes especially since others will likely return the favour. Pushing and shoving is part of the moshpit party, but don’t try to injure someone on purpose. Violent behaviour is never acceptable and will lead to you being escorted out of the venue by Security if you are caught. Don’t forget CCTV cameras will be watching you!!!! If someone is trying to get out of the pit, don’t push them back in, move to the side, let them out, then quickly close the circle again. Watch out for the bloke with the shirt off running around. HE maybe the one who “kicks off” if pushed.
If someone falls, give them a hand and help them up. If you fall down try to get up safely as soon as possible. If you can’t, get your arms and legs in and curl up. It will save your feet or hands being trampled on. Always brace yourself and be alert, the potential of getting hurt is really high. If someone gets injured, get people around you to form a protective barrier around the person and help them out to a steward or moshpit security. Don’t be the idiot who tries to crowd surf; that is so last year! Your feet will likely hit someone in the head and there’s no way to ensure that you’ll even have a safe landing as people might simply let go of you. Finally, keep in mind that moshpits vary depending on music genre; it’s best to observe what others are doing and follow the crowd.
Have a look at this video from the moshpit! Apologies for the brief bad language. It’s what happens………….
Surviving The Pit
If you can’t handle the current mosh because it’s out of control, go with the flow and make for the center of the pit, this is actually a safe haven where you’re less likely to get hurt, be warned, it’s also denser and is filled with sweaty bodies! If you can’t get to the center, then simply continue going in circles, stay behind someone who’s bigger than you (they’re the least likely to fall back) and don’t fight the pit. The song will eventually end and people will calm down. When that happens, quickly work your way out of the pit and head towards the outer edges of the crowded area for some rest.
Moshpits can be dangerous and they’re not meant for the faint hearted or for anyone not willing to get a bit battered and bruised; it might be embarrassing to explain the next day why you have a black eye!
However……….don’t forget to enjoy the show!