Event Safety Alliance

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?

I have.

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.

You can check out their website here for more information:

http://eventsafetyalliance.org/