Every concert-goer as their spot in the crowd.
Of course, every band is different, every show is different. You have arenas, outdoor festivals, bars, theaters, etc. You also have people with vast opinions on seating, the floor or the pit for every show.
My question is, where’s your spot in the crowd? Do you live and die in the moshpit every show? Are you afraid of the pit? Are you up against the barricade the entire concert? Are you just looking to see a good show, and happy with a seat? Does it depend on the concert?
Let the discussion commence!
For me, personally, I’m just satisfied if I’m there, seeing a good show. Sure, it depends on the venue; If I’m at an arena-type show, I generally pick a seat. If I’m at an outdoor show or festival, I tend to stay in the midst of the crowd, but I haven’t really ever tested my luck in the pit. I’ve only seen a couple shows in a club, one of them being an acoustic show (10 Years), so that was a really calm, peaceful night. The other show I saw in that bar come a few months prior (Silverstein), and I stood on the back, behind all the moshing people in the front.
When I got thinking about this topic, I started thinking about my own experiences at shows, and why I’m so leary in terms of being in a pit. The only real “moshpit” experience I had came at Projekt Revolution 2008. Sure, I was placed in between two seperate pits, and I came away with a bent camera lens (which I managed to knock back into place), and I even earned a spot in an episode of LPTV (Projekt Revolution Week 2)
I’m holding the “Happy Birthday” sign.
But, back to my point. As I thinking about why I tend to stray away from mosh pits (and I’ve surely seen my share of them from a distance, and they’re always so intense, as they should be), at first, I was unsure of how to answer that question, but after giving the matter some thought, I realized that, because of my near-death experience, and the resulting brain injury, I’m fearful that one more hit could potentially put me out, so-to-speak. Sure it looks like fun, but I can ill-afford to put my life at risk like that.
But like I said before, I’m just happy to be in a concert-atmosphere and seeing a great show, no matter where I am in the crowd!