Have you ever been to a show and you were afraid because of the number of people that were there? Or the fact that the crowd was really wild and you couldn’t get to the door?
My very first mosh pit, I was 15. I almost remember to the minute the lie I told my mom to go to a concert at The Rave on Wisconsin Ave. She didn’t allow me there, she thought the area is too dangerous and I wasn’t ready for it. Which of course, as the saying goes, my mother was always right. But I still went anyways.
I went with a close friend of mine from high school. She knew what she was doing because she went to a lot of shows here… or so I thought.
I remember it was a line up of five bands and Fall Out Boy was the headliner. By the third act, I was accidentally caught in a mosh pit. It was about 50 or so people that were in it. But, I was terrified, I had been pushed around and almost ended up on the ground. I almost lost my breath and became weak very fast. I somehow got out and made my way to the back to catch some air. As my friend made her way out, I remember she went home with one shoe. She didn’t think anything of it. I, on the other hand, should have listened to my mother. Long story short, I haven’t been a big crowd person since.
That was my first and last mosh pit. Big or small crowds of people can be a really dangerous situation very quickly.
Why am I talking about this?
Last week, I attended the Event Saftey Alliance (ESA) seminar, and it was about the physics and math about crowds. I wasn’t able to attend the psychology part, but I do know this. Small or large amounts of people can be ruthless, and we all need to be careful.
Without crowds, we wouldn’t have a show. That’s a fact. But there needs to be a happy medium for the artist, promoters but most importantly the fans when it comes to crowd safety. Because there could be a 15-year-old in the crowd who could be trampled.
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