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Afraid of getting killed at a concert?

Asked by lawlipop (433 points ) April 12th, 2010

This might sound like a completely silly question, but I’m going to the Coheed and Cambria concert on the 23rd, and I’m nervous. I’m pretty small, height and weight wise (5’4, 95lbs), and I don’t know if I’ll be safe down in the pit, during the mosh.

I have the Black Card, which allows early entry to the show, so I was wondering if I’d be safer if I go up to the very front? Or maybe I should just go to the front row on the balcony?

I want to get the full experience from the concert, since it’s Coheed. But I know their shows get pretty intense, so I have my concerns. What should I do?

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slick44's avatar

If your that worried dont go!

evandad's avatar

You’re being foolish. Just go and enjoy yourself. Coheed isn’t that bad.

njnyjobs's avatar

Trust your instinct, stay at a safe place. . .unless you go in bubble wrap over body armour, helmet and an oxygen mask/tank in tow.

lawlipop's avatar

@evandad Yeah, I probably am. People just keep telling me that I’m going to get destroyed, and it’s gotten to my head.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I have a story, and I’ll try to keep it short. I went to a rock concert one time, and I found myself, unintentionally, standing in the mosh that had formed when one of the bands came onto the stage. I’m 5’8’’, but I found myself being knocked around like a rag doll. It was mostly because there was a huge guy there – 6’5’’ or taller, and large in general. He was intentionally knocking into the females, as hard as he could. In a mosh pit, that behavior is expected, but he was picking out the women like he was pissed that any were there. He started pissing other guys off, and the guards who are there to grab people out should something start to go wrong. Needless to say, the rest of the men were making it their duty to get the women out and away from the other guy, because he was insane.

There were other females that had been all the way in the front when it started, and they were actually much better off than any of the females who were in the middle of the crowd. My suggestion to you is this: If you decide to be in the mosh pit, be all the way up front, next to the guard standing on the other side of the barrier. Should you want out, all you do is get their attention and stick your arms out, and they should pull you over the barrier. If there are no guards watching for things, I don’t suggest being in the front.

jonsblond's avatar

I was in the front when I saw Ministry in 1991 (I’m 5’3”) and I was eventually squashed against the stage. I had all sorts of people trying to climb on top of me. I had to scream for someone to pull me out because I couldn’t breathe. I would avoid the very front next to the stage if I were you.

lawlipop's avatar

@jonsblond @DrasticDreamer So, I’m getting completely opposite advice here. Should I just avoid the mosh in general, and go to the balcony?

rangerr's avatar

@jonsblond is right. If you’re trying to stay safe, avoid being in the front.
When the concert starts, everyone pushes up against the barrier as far as they can. Most of the time, it’s because of people in the back trying to push their way through.

I’ve had ribs broken by being slammed into that barrier. That never stops me though.

I’ve been to a few Coheed shows.. and they can get a bit intense sometimes.
Not always, but I’ve seen people get taken out on stretchers.—But this happens at just about any concert with a pit.
I’m 5’9 and about 103 pounds, so I’m pretty small, too..

If you’re that worried about it and don’t know how to protect yourself in a pit, I’d avoid the pit and sit in the balcony.
It’d be a better view and you would feel a lot safer.

DrasticDreamer's avatar

@lawlipop Well, I don’t think you should necessarily not be in the mosh pit, I just think you should be cautious. If there aren’t any guards on the floor to pull people over the barrier, then I would suggest not going in. Not all of them are really horrible, but you do have to keep safety in mind.

Also, I should have added that the mosh pit I was in got so crazy that people starting toppling like dominoes and falling on top of each other. At that point, the band had to stop playing and tell people to calm down a little, otherwise they’d stop playing altogether. Mosh pits can have different personalities, as weird as it sounds. In the end, go with your gut and see how you feel about it the night of the show.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Mosh pits are totally ridiculous. I don’t get why anyone would enjoy slamming into people, being slammed into, etc. I avoid that shit like the plague. I also adopt a stance where I bend my arms and brace them with my extremely bony elbows pointed out, that way anyone crashing into me gets a sharp elbow jab and they eventually figure out they should avoid me.

Though, I will say that I was an at L7 concert once and managed to get all the way up front and was not bothered at all by the moshers. One guy was being super obnoxious and eventually the moshers got tired of him and dropped him on his head after he tried to crowd surf for the thousandth time. I like justice.

jonsblond's avatar

@lawlipop If you are worried, but still want the excitement of the pit, you could stand at the back of the pit. That’s what I did after what happened to me at the Ministry show. It’s easier to jump in (and out) when you want.

Captain_Fantasy's avatar

Don’t go in the mosh pit unless you really want an elbow to your face.
At your size, you’ll likely get hurt in the pit.

lawlipop's avatar

Alright, so looking at what everyone’s said, I think I’ll be staying away from the mosh. I’ll just go to the front row of the balcony, like I mentioned.

wonderingwhy's avatar

Pit’s can be great fun but the best are pretty brutal. I’ve woken up more than a little sore the next day from all the banging around. I’ve taken a couple good whacks too and had the experience of getting others off the floor.

If you’re in the pit you will get hit (probably multiple times), end of story. If you’re concerned, it’s probably for good reason on your part, avoid it because it’s only fun if you enjoy it and it has the potential to ruin the rest of your night if you take a bad lick or hit the floor. If you still really want to check it out, go with friends, stay close, and stay around the outside edges. Also, keep aware of the people around you, I’ve seen pits suddenly swell and next thing you know, you can’t get out.

Whatever you decide, most importantly, enjoy the show!

Nullo's avatar

@njnyjobs
No, no. You wear the bubblewrap under the armor.

lawlipop's avatar

Maybe I could just bring an umbrella. It can be a shield and a sword.

trailsillustrated's avatar

you lucky bumhole I am seriously jealous

squidcake's avatar

At the front of the pit, you won’t get tossed around but you’ll be squished up against the front. This is sometimes painful, but you pretty much get to keep your spot the whole show since you can’t move. But you also have the responsibility to help the occasional crow surfer.

The middle is usually the circle pit. This means running around, throwing punches, etc. I’m a girl and I usually stay out of the circle pit unless I’m really caught up in the moment.

So what I would do if I were you is stay towards the back of the pit. Once the music starts the circle pit will open up in front of you, you’ll be further from the stage but you’ll be the safest.

Or if you don’t want to take any chances, balcony might be nice. But for me anyways I can really only enjoy the concert if I’m in the pit. The experience is worth the sweat and (possible) bruises.

Seek's avatar

The problem with moshing is that the newcomers to the scene don’t know how to do it right. They get into the front and start pushing each other like a bunch of idiots.

My husband and I are in the middle of writing a Mosh-Pit Etiquette guide.

Moshing is not about being a jackass and beating the hell out of each other. In its perfect form, a mosh pit is a lot of people, effectively dancing in close quarters to some really brutal music. You’re supposed to help each other out, pick each other up, and not be a douche. You don’t ever punch anyone unless you want him and all his friends to throw you to the ground. It is a self-correcting entity.

jazmina88's avatar

Baby, start out in the balcony…..if you get bored and get adventurous, get in the mosh by front corner, by guards. Have fun. rock on, sista

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