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Mosh Pit - Tips on How to Mosh and Prepare to Mosh

Updated on October 3, 2016
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Moshing is Fun

Moshing can be a joyful, rewarding experience. Moshing allows the music to enter your very being so that you become part of the total musical experience. A mass passion enters the crowd so that the crowd becomes as one in a highly energized yet transcendent state.

If you decide you are going to mosh, be prepared. Understand that you will probably get hurt, usually bruised. Someone will bump or crash into you. Someone may step on your foot.

Moshing in an intense aerobic workout. If you are a couch potato, you may not enjoy the experience. Jumping around like a maniac for an hour and a half takes a lot of energy so you want to be in shape. Don't forget to hydrate before hand as you will sweat copiously.

Maybe they wore those skimpy outfits that I warned you about.


Crowd surfing


Mosh - Dress for Success

If you are going to a concert with the intention of entering a mosh pit, if there is even the slimmest chance you might enter the mosh pit, there a few things you can to to make your mosh a safe and enjoyable event. Dress for success - dress to mosh.

  • Don't wear skimpy clothing - you don't want to get arrested for indecent exposure when the little strappy thing rips.
  • Don't wear your absolute favorite outfit. Damage is possible even among the nicest and most fun-loving crowd.
  • Do not wear expensive or open-backed shoes, sandals, high heels, clogs,flip-flops, or bedroom slippers. If you kick out your foot in unbridled enthusiasm, your shoe could fly off into the crowd never to be seen again. You can't expect the mob to all stop because you've just lost your favorite shoes.
  • Do wear sturdy footwear. A good pair of running shoes helps you get a good bounce going. You might want to wear a pair of sturdy work boots for protection. Someone might step on your foot. If a fight breaks out, sturdy boots are great for kicking people. I'd advise you to steer clear of potentially violent mosh pits, and am not actually suggesting that you do kick people.
  • Do not wear loose or long dresses or robe-like garments. You can become entangled in your own clothing, tear or rip the outfit, or fall down.
  • Do not carry a purse or wear a long scarf or necklace around your neck. Think about it.
  • Do not wear large or dangly earrings. Torn earlobes are not cool and head wounds bleed copiously, making a mess of your outfit. Plus blood stains.
  • Remove your rings. Jumping around and dancing for an hour and a half makes you sweat like crazy. Sweat slicked fingers can cause rings to sail off into the crowd.
  • Wear a good belt. Don't wear pants that are too large or loose at the waist. If your pants fall down, you may become entangled and fall. Plus you'll look like a jackass.
  • Don't have a lot of loose stuff in your pocket. Wear pants with a pocket that zips or snaps shut - you don't want to lose your keys.
  • Tie up long hair, you'll be more comfortable and your sweaty locks won't whip around and hit that big drunk guy in the face. If a fight breaks out, long hair gives them something to grab onto so they can whip you up over their head and spin you like a lariat.

Hydrate - Make Sure You Drink Water Before Moshing


Mosh Prep - Prepare Ahead of Time

Moshing is quite the workout. Your heart rate rises dramatically, you sweat copiously and your muscles will get used. Get yourself in good physical shape ahead of time. Dance wildly at home to your favorite music turned up real loud. You can fast-walk, jog, or run at your local track. You want your muscles to be conditioned for an extreme work out.

If you are not in shape, you may run out of energy early on in an intense mosh pit. You can pull a muscle or suffer muscle cramps. Or, the next morning, you may find yourself in considerable pain. Torn muscles can torment you for quite some time.

Think about it. You would not enter a foot race without first getting in shape.

Hydrate - Drink plenty of fluid before moshing starting from the moment you get up in the morning. A little Gatorade wouldn't hurt. Eat some bananas for potassium. Drink some fruit juice. You will sweat a lot a lose a lot of fluid so you want to be hydrated.

If you want to drink alcohol before moshing, don't overdo it. You don't want to puke all over your fellow moshers. Vomiting is not cool.There may be repercussions. Drink a cocktail with fruit juice. The fruit is nutritious and will give you a carbo boost. Chase it with a glass of water even if it costs $4.00. Beer causes you to blow up with gas. You don't want to be all bloated when you mosh. Don't add to the general stench with your beer belches and farts.

Protein - Get some protein into your system. Protein strengthens muscle tone and promotes endurance. Eat good, nutritional food for several days before moshing. Of course, you should always eat properly. Have a couple of nice, big, green salads. Spinach has iron for strength and endurance. Salads provide the fiber that eliminates bulky waste material from your system.

Don't eat a heavy meal within 5 or 6 hours of moshing. 2 - 3 hours before moshing, eat a light meal with carbohydrates and fruit for energy.

In the pit at a Flogging Molly Concert, Coachella '08

In the Mosh Pit

  • When you are in the mosh pit, before it becomes packed like sardines, take a good look around. Locate the nearest exit.
  • Avoid standing beside very large people.
  • Avoid the big drunk guy who is pinwheeling his arms or spinning like a whirling dervish. If you stand next to that guy, you will be punched in the head. He can't help it.
  • Keep an eye out for the little people. Small people can get into trouble in a mosh pit. There's just less air down there. If you see a little person, or any person for that matter, who seems to be in trouble, give her a boost up high. She can crowd surf to safety.
  • If someone near you falls down, make a big noise to attract attention, bend down and quickly grab them under the arm pits and yank them back to their feet. You will probably have help. If you fall, helpful hand should set you back on your feet.
  • If you can't take it - if black spots appear before your eyes, if you develop tunnel vision or feel faint - crowd surf your way to the edges where a very large man will lift you free of the crowd. Go get yourself a drink of water. Drink slowly and calm down. Fond a spot when you can safely bend, lower your head and rise again very slowly.
  • If you don't want to crowd surf your way out, bend your arms at the elbow, hands in front of your face, and wiggle your way out to the closest edge.
  • Do not climb up on the stage. This time, the big man might become a bit rough. You may be thrown out.
  • Mosh with a buddy or a group of friends, especially if you've never moshed before.
  • Do not drink or smoke. Your cigarette could burn someone. You could spill your drink and create a dangerous, slippery surface.
  • If you accidentally hit someone, apologize immediately with a handshake or a shoulder pat.
  • If you are targeted by an obnoxious or aggressive mosher, do not indulge his violent tendencies. Move away.
  • Do not maul or lay inappropriate hands on females. Or males, for that matter. It is not proper mosh etiquette. Plus that big drunk guy might be her boyfriend and knock your block off. If you are molested by a mosher masher, inform your biddies or the large bouncers - let them take care of the creep. Or you can kick him in the groin with your Doc Martins.
  • Keep your arms up, bent at the elbow so taht they don't get pinned to your side in a crush. Free arms come in handy for facial protection and in case of a fall.

Mosh Pit of Antiquity


Go With the Push

Moshing can be a thrill and a great way to get into the music. Remember that moshing can be dangerous. Smashing Pumpkins took a firm stance against moshing when 17 year old Bernadette O'Brien was crushed during a 1996 show in Dublin, Ireland and later died of her injuries. Other deaths and serious injuries have occurred.

Moshing is not for the feint of heart and some mosh pits do get violent. Consider the music. Hardcore metal and bands that use the word 'death' in their titles may produce violent outbursts.

Keep your eye out for trouble. That can be hard to do when you are deeply involved in the scene - so avoid potentially hazardous mosh pits altogether.

Head banging is not a good idea. Hitting and kicking is not real popular with the people you hit or kick.

Jumping up and down, bouncing is pretty cool to do and watch. The bounce is sometimes referred to as pogo, though some folks call moshing pogo. Slam-dancing means that you throw yourself around willy-nilly, crashing into people. Or you hope to crash into people. Either that or you fall on your face.

And remember, when the crowd surges, go with the push. You are the music.

Halfway through this video, the crowd goes into a great bounce

Ode to a Mosh Pit

music alive

mass united

anticipation tunes the strings of your spirit

and from that first strum

the sound you love

that speaks to you as

it speaks to all pressed in

around you then

the crowd moves as one

in rhythm and the

floor reverberates with it

your chest is a percussive instrument

and the drumbeat is your heart

all hearts beat as one

bodies slick with sweat

the hypnotic trance of bounce and stink and

jump and sway and push flows

through the crowd in currents

and song wells up



unrefined barbaric chant

crowd seethes, it ripples

undulating, exhilarating

mass movement then

one lifts up to

the surface of the music

gently passed from hand to hand

floats above the crowd who moves on

you are the music

Is this a mosh pit or a riot?

People at a Rage Concert


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    • Frieda Babbley profile image

      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Hah! So there was a mosh pit! lol.

      Loved this to pieces. I'm going to say I have never moshed before and don't know that I ever will. But this is the best information on moshing and mosh pits I've ever seen or heard of. I like really totally get it now. And your poem is so fantastic. Do you have any poetry hubs? I'm going ot have to check. This was awesome, Dolores.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      This is a fantastic hub! I have witnessed a couple of mosh pits and it's definitely NOT for me, but these are great tips on how to attempt to safely participate. I allowed my 16 yr old daughter to go to a rock concert with a large group of friends (older brothers and plenty of guys to look out for the girls) and I warned her about most of the things you mentioned above. Boy, was she glad she listened to me about having good shoes and watching who you're around. She found the experience both frightening and exhilerating all at the same time. I think she learned a lot from the experience. I'll have to share this hub with her. She's actually a hubber now too. I'll have to let her reveal herself in her own time.

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      Laughing Mom 8 years ago

      Oh, I am entirely too old to try that again, hydrated or not!! It is fun, but I think you have to still be in that 'immortality' mode to really enjoy it. If you think about the fact that you are completely out of control of what happens to you, it can get a little spooky.

      Come on Frieda and KCC--I know you've done it before!!

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      goldentoad 8 years ago from Free and running....

      I have never moshed at a big concert, but plenty of club venues and backyard parties left me hurtin' but in a good way.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Hell no, LM! I watched from a second floor balcony in a really nasty one. I like keeping all my body parts unbruised. You are much more the daring type!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Backyard moshing (is that a word?) sounds interesting. I would think that might end up in some mud wrestlin'.

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      I was hard in the pit at the Evanescence concert.  That was a ball.  But, once was enough.

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      Think I will give moshing a miss, lol, thanks for the warning.

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      CajunCavern 8 years ago

      I once moshed at my sister's crawfish boil, but it was only because one of the crawfish got away pre-boil and crawled up my pant leg. Yes, there was music so I sort of blended in, but how much mosh pit slamming can you really get away with to George Strait?

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I remember when wild and unrestrained dancing was known as "idiot dancing" and I confess to having done loads of it but I always liked space to move about freely in so have never been a proper mosher! I have often been the first person to start dancing though and have ended up on stage with several bands.

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      fortunerep 8 years ago from North Carolina

      My little brother has a band and plays quite frequently whre they have mosh pits. I will let him continue to get broken bones (as he has) and I will just watch but it does seem fun. He would never let me in the pit for fear of getting hurt. Having brothers can sometimes take the fun out of things!


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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Frieda, thank you so much (I blush). Moshing is not just about shoving people. I am so glad you liked the poem, this is first poem I have put up. It's so great to have such a lovely comment from one of my all time favorite hubbers.

      KCC, thank you for visiting and am gratefull for your comment. My mother used to be very happy if I went out with a bunch of guys - it's great protection. Apparently, mosh pits differ with the music. Seems like bad music creates violent mosh pits.

      Lauging Mom, a short visit to a 'nice' mosh pit is fine if you're in shape. You absorb the energy of the crowd. I'm 56 years old for cryin' out loud. Maybe the other moshers were just carefull around 'granny.'

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thanks for visting and saying hello, goldentoad, I appreciate your interest and am just so thrilled that so many of the truly fantastic hubbers have read this. It's better than moshing! haha

      KCC, I spent most of my concert (Gogul Bordello) up in a high spot til I saw how actually beautiful the most pit was - the crowd moved like water, if water moved to music. I love water, so I jumped in for a short moment. One can not possibly resist Mishtu.

      James, I agree, moshing is for the young. Or the spirit of the moment. Your comment is much appreciated especially after I spent so much time arguing with you on your private jet hub. You're nice.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Alison, I would not recommend moshing for a nice lady like you. You do not deserve to have your foot stepped on like most of us do.

      Cajun, I am picturing your crawfish dance and laughing, you are so funny, you may have started a new fad dance. Thanks for commenting.

      Bard, when I was young, I hated sitting there at concerts, you had to just sit in those stupid was like torture...if you love music and are a bit energetic, you just gotta move. Thanks for popping in!

      Fortune, I cringe when I look at some of the violent stuff. You are lucky to have brothers to look out for you. My son has promised to go to a concert with me and we will mosh. Once, we were dancing rather energetically at a Dick Dale show (Father of Surf Music) and Dick Dale was wandering the floor playing his fantastic guitar and stopped to play right by us! My big moment! Me and sonny boy! I guess he's too old to think I'm an idiot.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Perhaps twenty years ago lol. Enjoyed the read and videos though.

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      Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thank you for stopping by, ethel, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub andI appreciate your comment.

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      Sonjadar 7 years ago

      LOVE THIS!!!!! VIVA LA MOSH :-)

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Thank you, Sonjadar, I appreciate your stopping by!

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      tyler 7 years ago

      thankyou so much for this, really helped me alot. I'm going to soundwave 2010 with a group of friends and none of us have ever moshed before or had any idea what to expect, so this really helped, thanks a bunch (:

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      tyler - thank you so much for leaving a comment. I am so glad that you enjoyed my hub. Have a great time, be careful, and don't forget to bounce!

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      SoftCornHippo 7 years ago

      Looks like fun! the reality may be brutal! like 5000 4 yearolds all just jumpin! SOOOOFUN!!!! Wish I was young enough to love bein' mashed. Alas. But how great to see crowds from above, always fascinating, the great unwashed masses doing a mass f*(k

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Softcornhippo - I wish they had done that sort of thing when I was young, now, it's a brief visit then out of there, better viewed from above. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      david  6 years ago

      hi went to a korn concert had some fat guy hit me in the face i lost two teeth

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      David - OMG that's awful! I hope that you have great dental insurance. But the real question is - at the end of the concert, how did the fat guy look?

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      Daníel Guðmundsson 4 years ago from Iceland Höfn í Hornafirði.

      I´m going to try and stay out of the mosh pits I´m a small guy and i´m going with my friends to download festival next summer. It will be my first rock music festival and i do not want to get to badly banged up. any hints you can give me about how to avoid mosh pits would be well appreciated. Slipknot is playing there and i herd there mosh pits are very brutal i don't want to get caught in them.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Darkmetaly - hi! Usually a mosh pit forms near the stage. It's pretty obvious when people start pushing and shoving. Some venues feature a cordoned off area for moshing. Young folks best pay attention to instinct. You can almost smell trouble. When you begin to feel uncomfortable, move away before it gets out of hand. But many mosh pits can be fun, not all are violent. (I didn't realize that Slipknot was still around)

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      Darth Mosher 4 years ago

      Another tip, do not wear glasses. My buddy got hit in the face and his glasses jammed his nose pretty good before they broke, fell to the ground and got stomped repeatedly.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Darth Mosher - oh how did I not think of that! How awful! Thanks for the tip.

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