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Avoid death and hatred in the mosh pit

There are certain things we all take as gospel where big concerts are concerned. Like the need to stay hydrated and wear closed-toed shoes. And yet, it seems more-important things are consistently overlooked by many of the attendees.

I’m not trying to single anyone out here but it certainly seems that it is usually us girls who make the mistake of thinking it is going to be somehow different from any other mosh pit we’ve ever been in, heard of or seen.

With a number of music venues going on and the Fall Ball coming up early next month, it seems like the right time to review a few of the cornerstones of mosh pit etiquette.

People are going to push. Hard. If you complain, those near you will ensure the crowd is directed your way so that you’ll leave and they will no longer have to listen to your voice.

Ladies, do not trust that the men around you will shield you from the mania. Sometimes you’ll come across those who are determined to maintain some semblance of chivalry even in this unconventional setting, but many are willing to throw equality in your face and manhandle you just as they would another dude.

The perception many have of being in the front row is generally misguided. If there is any kind of metal barrier, it is going to bruise the hell out of your torso when the crowd surges forward. If you find yourself in the front row, offer your spot to the most zealous-looking fan you can find. They won’t realise what you’ve done and will pass water specifically to you once the security guards start handing it out.

Mosh pits are not for cuddling with your partner. Ever. If for some reason you can’t wait until you get home, don’t go to concerts together. Alternatively, break up. You are likely in an unhealthy co-dependent relationship.

Don’t wear earrings or anything else that is going to cause pain if it is accidentally but forcefully removed from you. This may include scarves and facial jewelry.

You will get kicked and you will get punched. Do not go in if you are not prepared to kick and punch back. Moshing is not for the meek.

And finally, remember that you do not have to be near the front to enjoy a band. Many injuries, even occasional fatalities, occur in mosh pits and you need to know what you’re getting yourself into, and be aware of your limits. You may initially feel like a geriatric extracting yourself from the swarm, but the view is usually just as good a few yards back and you’ll be able to hear the music properly without constantly getting punched in the ear.

— Dunja Nedic is an Australian Exchange Student. She can be reached at letters@wildcat.arizona.edu.

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