Mosh Pit and Stage Diving Etiquette
How to Mosh in a Mosh Pit
Do you think moshing looks cool, but you're not sure how to try it? Before you rush into a mosh pit for the first time, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared and know what to expect. By dressing for the occasion and following some basic mosh pit etiquette, you can have an awesome first moshing experience that you won't forget.
Dressing for a Mosh Pit
Wear clothes you don’t care about getting ruined.Wear old, worn clothes or a cheap outfit you don’t feel attached to. Clothing can get easily ripped or stained in a mosh pit, so don’t wear your favorite shirt or new white kicks.
Wear contact lenses instead of glasses, if possible.If you don’t have contact lenses, ask a friend that’s not going into the pit to hold your glasses for you while you mosh - but only if you’ll still be able to see. It’s easy for a pair of glasses to fall off in a mosh pit, and you might not get them back in one piece.
Avoid wearing loose jewelry or accessories.Just like with glasses, your loose jewelry and accessories could fall off and disappear in the mosh pit. Leave these items at home or ask a friend not going in the pit to hold onto them for you.
Make sure your shoes are tied.Double check before you go into the mosh pit; you don't want to fall on your face because somebody stepped on your untied laces.
Joining the Mosh Pit
Wait for the mosh pit to open up.Mosh pits usually form front and center of the concert crowd, so wait in that general area for the mosh pit to start. Don’t do any moshing until it’s clear that the mosh pit has started. You’ll know it’s getting ready to start when the performer announces it or other concert goers begin to make a clearing near the stage.
Finish your drink if you have one or leave it with a friend before entering.Don’t bring an open drink into the mosh pit. You could end up spilling it on yourself or other concert goers.
Enter the mosh pit once you’re ready.Make your way through the other moshers to get away from the edge of the circle. Don't be surprised if people are pushing you and bumping into you at this point.
- If you don’t want to dive right into the mosh pit, stay at the edge of the pit for a little bit and observe until you feel ready to enter.
Start moshing.Jump up and down in place or make a lap around the pit. Have both of your hands open and your arms up at about chest level. Gently push people or bump into them. It’s OK to push people around - everyone in the pit is expecting it - but remember you’re not there to hurt anyone. Avoid elbowing anyone in the chest, as for some that can be quite sensitive, if not painful.
Keep with the pace of the music and those around you.Cool off and take a breather during slow songs, and be prepared for everyone to start moshing harder once the music picks up again.
Following Mosh Pit Etiquette
Stop and help anyone up, should they fall.If you notice someone on the ground, stop moshing and help them stand up so they don’t get trampled. If they’re hurt, help them to the edge of the pit.
Pick up dropped items and hold them above your head.If you see someone’s shoe or cell phone on the ground, stop and pick it up. Raise your hand over your head and hold the item up until someone claims it.
Don’t throw things in the mosh pit.Other people may be throwing things like water bottles or empty cans, but you shouldn't join in. You could unintentionally injure someone.
Don’t try to mosh with people that aren’t in the pit.Some people at the show just want to stand and enjoy the music. Don’t pull in people from outside of the pit or continue to mosh after you exit.
Don’t bother the venue staff in the pit.Sometimes security or other staff from the venue will enter the pit to help keep things under control. Don’t try to mosh with them or give them a hard time or you could be thrown out from the show.
QuestionWill my tampon fall out if I mosh?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. It's virtually impossible for a tampon to "fall out," no matter how active you are.Thanks!
QuestionI have moderate anxiety that tends to get bad at unpredictable times. I don't mind chaos, but what would happen if I had an anxiety attack?BarroneCommunity AnswerYou'll be okay! People in a mosh pit usually look out for each other (if people fall, get injured, etc.) so if you do have an anxiety attack, it's more than likely that someone will help you out.Thanks!
QuestionAre mosh pits bad for someone who is short?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou'll have a bit of a disadvantage if you're of smaller stature. Just be careful, and bring a big friend to help you out if need be.Thanks!
QuestionI'm going to a rock concert. Do I have to mosh? Or can I just watch?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can just watch. Just stay back from the mosh pit.Thanks!
QuestionIn a mosh pit, what is the "wall of death"?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIn moshing, the Wall of Death is a move where everyone in the mosh pit lines up in two lines that are facing each other. On the signal, the two lines of moshers run toward each other until they collide.Thanks!
QuestionHow old do you have to be to mosh?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere's no defined age limit for moshing, although it's dangerous for young children to be in a mosh pit.Thanks!
QuestionCan I bring a gun into a mosh pit?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo! This is extremely dangerous. Don't bring any kind of weapon into a mosh pit.Thanks!
QuestionWhat are the best ways to get into a pit?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerGet to the walls of the mosh pit and start "studying" the situation. When there is enough space or the pit closes on itself, becoming a pogo, jump in. Just watch out for other moshers. If there is enough space in the pit to join in, do it - but try to collide with other moshers toward the center of the pit and not near the walls.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I avoid getting hurt?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere's no way to avoid the possibility of getting hurt if you're in a mosh pit. If you're concerned, it's best to stay out of the pit altogether.Thanks!
QuestionHow old should I be before I start to mosh? I am 12 years old right now, and my mom says that I'm too little.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnless you're 5'8" or taller and are fairly strong, your mom is right. If you are short, then the only way to avoid being crushed by everyone around you is if you're really strong.Thanks!
To mosh in a mosh pit, wait for the mosh pit to open up and make your way through the other moshers and away from the edge of the circle to enter the pit. Start moshing by jumping up and down in place or making a lap around the pit, just remember to keep up with the pace of the music and those around you. While you should always avoid hurting other moshers, it's okay to gently push people or bump into them, since everyone in the pit is expecting this!
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