Mosh Pits

Tell me about your favourite mosh pit experiences.

Done a “Wall Of Death?”

Not as good as they used to be are they?

DiScuss.

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Bands at the local community centre would make 10 of us do walls of death, was fun

Not Moshed for maybe 4 years at this stage

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don’t like

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Hate hate hate

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Ok Boomers

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i hated them when i was 16 as well!

when one is happening far away from me it can add to the atmosphere of the gig in a good way but i absolutely hate being caught in one. call me old fashioned but i don’t like falling over or losing an entire pint down the front of my shirt

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Pointless

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Been to millions of metal and hardcore shows, done a wall of death etc. but my worst injuries were at incubus (got elbowed in the face and had a huge black eye) and muse (got kicked in the jaw by a fucking idiot crowdsurfer).

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I’m tall and sturdy and can hold my own but who wants to be smashed into by sweaty guys with no concept of personal space when i paid to see a band i like and not get hurt?? Not i

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I don’t like it when sweaty men mosh about with no shirt on. It’s fucking gross stop it

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I’m not tall or sturdy and cannot hold my own and don’t want to get trampled to death or get my glasses broken

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I’ve participated in the Danananaykroyd Wall Of Hugs…that was fun!

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Watching genres like hardcore with everyone stone-faced staring at the band screaming away seems little odd I think. You need a circle of angry people pushing and shoving to kind of set the tone, even if I do stand behind them arms-folded 99% of the time. Can’t say I have a favourite necessarily, I have been in a wall of death watching Sick Of It All in Reading many moons ago. Really bloody silly thing to do.

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Find the macho element of this really off putting.

Think it’s a shame that there so many sausage-fest gigs. Moshing is a contributing factor to that, and can discourage people from going.

Can jump up and down a bit without smashing into people imo

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It’s just dancing innit. Generally pretty good spririted but not a fan of the ape arm swinging bullshit.

I don’t like the micro most pits that break out on the edge of the crowd where people are just trying to stand.

Now crowd surfing and stage diving is fucking atrocious behavior and should be banned, along with farting at a gig.

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plenty of women have told me they find it really offputting and that it scares them off going to louder gigs so i think we can class them as bad for that reason

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Hmm actually saw a really terrible version of this at a gig recently where enthusiastic man was being incredibly awkward to female members of audience ugh

I know moshpits are not to everyone’s taste to say the least, and I always feel really bad when they overspill and affect the enjoyment of the gig for people who want nothing to do with them. But, I absolutely love the atmosphere and excitement of being in them myself, and have so many great gig memories attached to total chaos down the front. There is a sense of camaraderie, and an expression of unbounded joy that you rarely experience elsewhere (in British culture at least).

I remember Damian from Fucked Up jumping off the stage, charging through the crowd straight through me, and then absolute havoc. The Bronx at the Underworld in Camden with no barriers between crowd and stage, leading to stage diving all night - I was featured heavily in some MoshCam footage that was knocking about on YouTube a while back but seems to have been removed. More recently, Idles at Heaven were relentless for the first 5 or 6 songs - I turned round once and basically the whole venue was one big moshpit.

@casinobay - yes the wall of hugs was also great! :slight_smile:

Legit thought I was going to die after wandering down the front to watch Prodigy at V97. Have largely avoided them ever since.