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Why Mosh Pits Should Be Banned At EDM Shows

Mosh pits are endangering EDM fans.

There has been a growing debate on the subject of mosh pits at various music events lately, as the EDM movement has seen a huge increase in "moshing" in recent years. For those who happen to be unaware of this trend, moshing originated in Los Angeles, California during the pivotal punk years of the 70s and 80s. Punk rock culture literally slammed into the more mainstream music scene with its rowdy show behavior, and eventually lead to the full blown cultural movement we see at music events today. Electronic dance music has been around almost as long as punk, and people have most likely been moshing in one way or another throughout our culture since its began. However, moshing is making more headway than ever into the EDM world, and it’s clear that the reactions from music fans are differring substantially on whether it should be allowed at EDM shows and festivals.

What once began as a cluster of people vigorously bouncing around and head-banging, has quickly found its way of evolving into a full-scale warzone atmosphere at times, and more and more people seem to be leaving these mosh pits with bruises, sore limbs, and even broken bones as a result. After multiple accounts of negative experiences inside the pit, I have come to question how beneficial it is to "express yourself" at the expense of another's safety.

When songs that condone the act of moshing overtake a large audience at an event, it's nearly impossible to predict how the crowd will react. Generally, the fact that there isn't enough room for people to thrash and ram into each other like a pinball machine subdues the urge for people to mosh. On the other hand, there is also a heavy belief within EDM that respect should be shown to all throughout the entire duration of an event. Few DJ's today condone these "controlled releases of aggression," but with popular artists such as Flosstradamus and Casino releasing tracks called "Mosh Pit," the movement has a way of going past the point of playful dancing and becomes a more violent and negative behavior.

For a genre like EDM to be so engulfed by the values of peace, love, unity, and respect, it almost seems shocking that mosh pits have grown to be such a popular trend. The EDM scene already faces opposition in the media, mostly due to their ignorance and subjectivity of our image, but by allowing moshing to continue we are undoubedly dissuading more people from understanding our culture and enjoying themselve at our shows. Personally speaking, I feel extremely less safe when mosh pits are taking place in the middle of a huge crowd. Not only do they impair my ability to enjoy the music and dance freely, but they also subject me to violent behavior involuntarily. It’s essential to have a secure feeling of safety at major events.

A few festivals and DJ's have already taken note of this ferocious conduct - this past year, Warped Tour placed a ban on crowd surfing and mosh pits. As with any other large-scale festivals, the sole purpose of the security and staff is to ensure the safety of all of its attendees and make sure they a good time, and this truly cannot be done with moshing allowed. Dillon Francis also notably cut his sound mid-set due to a growing mosh-turned-fight at his performance in Baltimore this past June. Mosh pits expose attendees to savage atmospheres, and continues to provide a negative connotation for our culture. Ultimately, everyone who attends a show is looking to have a fun time and be safe, but this will never happen if mosh pits continue to take place in our scene.

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