Over the more recent years, I have found myself attending The Vans Warped Tour(will be attending my 4th this upcoming summer), and various rock/alternative stand alone rock shows. One thing that consistently bothers me is the mosh pits. I understand that they have a home in this scene of music, and are not going away anytime soon... but I always question... are they really necessary? I know that the Vans Warped Tour had a problem with it and had to post signs saying enter at your own risk (because you will probably leave with some scratches and bruises).
Let me start with this: Mosh pit is defined by Google as: n. "an area where moshing occurs, esp. in front of the stage at a rock concert."
When I purchase the ticket to a show, and sometimes drive a couple of hours to attend the show, I buy it to hear the music and see it performed live -- not get pushed down and leave the show with a black eye. This concept is a double edged sword for me. Like I said before, I guess I get it... but I don't understand why you would buy an expensive ticket to not even make it past the second song before your nose is bleeding and you broke an arm and end up at the medical tent for the rest of the show?
Kids in the crowd get upset if you don't mosh, but they also get upset if you do mosh (sorry moshers -- that's me). When I am at the show, I love to jump around and dance to the music, which is why everyone there (for the most part) bought the ticket in the first place. I get upset because I want to SEE the band in front of me performing, not to get pushed to the ground because I was innocently watching one of my favorite bands. I just don't get it... but I also know that I put myself at risk by entering the pit at the show. But why do we as a ticket purchaser have to put our selves at risk like that? I purchased the ticket to see the group up close, not stand in the back and not be able to see them just because I don't want to get hit. Show goers will also say then just stand on the side -- and that doesn't even matter more than half the time... because if a pit opens up next to you, it's pretty game over (or so I like to think).
When I attended the House Party Tour back in October of 2013, I was fine through the whole show.. but when All Time Low came on, I was pushed down, stepped on and left with bruises and cuts on my body by the time I got back from the show. I have seen All Time Low numerous times -- and that has never happened. A group of guys had to push everyone out of the way because there was two of us stuck on the ground.
Maybe this post makes me sound like an old and bitter woman, but it is just so upsetting to spend the money and then not enjoy half of the show because some of the violent acts happening around you. Another problem I sometimes have is the bands PROMOTING it... again double edged sword for me. I get that various types of metal/alternative rock/pop punk music promote this and fans feel the need to get up and punch, but why? When I listen to heavier bands, I never feel the need to punch someone in the face for the fun of it.
I would love to see for example Bring Me The Horizon at their own show, but I would never be able to watch the show and listen in comfort. I was able to watch them from the Buzznet tent this past summer while helping out, but I was safe in the tent.. and just watched the rest of the crowd punch and push down each other.
Those that get mad that fans do not like to mosh are "uptight" or "not a true fan," or that "they shouldn't listen to this music then," and that makes me frustrated sometimes. Why can I not be a fan because I don't want to get hurt? How does this have any say of me not being a fan? Why can't we all just watch the band, dance and jump with eachother. I wish we could all get along like we used to in middle school... I wish we could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy. Or make a 'Wall of Hugs' as suggested by Sleeping With Sirens, instead of a 'Wall of Death.'
Hopefully someone out there feels the same way.. or perhaps I am the only one. So Buzznet.. what are your thoughts and opinions on this? Am I crazy for writing this?
Is moshing necessary?
I'd love to hear your opinions on this topic and chat!