Old footage of Linkin Park ensuring their moshpit is safe goes viral

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Old footage of Linkin Park ensuring their moshpit is safe goes viral

Right now, we’re not gonna go on too much about the AstroWorld incident. Obviously, there’s tonnes of conjecture and speculation around, and plenty of it’s being whipped up by the media, but what we know for a fact is that people have died in a crush during Travis Scott’s performance. In the wake of that, people have started sharing stories about moshpit etiquette online, and one video in particular is resonating on social media: it features Linkin Park stopping a show to make safety paramount. Check it out…

Yeah, rightio, we’ll be honest. This is possibly naïve, but we honestly didn’t know moshpits were a big thing outside of metal, punk and rock crowds. Don’t get us wrong, lots of people crowded into one space and trying to watch live music means it makes sense, but, hey, you learn something every day.

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Before we go on, the other thing we’ll mention is that while we might be splitting hairs, there’s a difference between a mosh and crush. They’re not the same thing, and while we lack sufficient knowledge to comment on the Travis Scott incident, we’d be surprised if that amount of people could ‘mosh’ in the traditional sense.

Having said that, what we know is that in the hard-rocking crowd, there’s long been a tradition of ‘safe’ moshing. That’s particularly well demonstrated in this Linkin Park video, and we’d hate to see it demonised by people who don’t understand it.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we know Linkin Park aren’t exactly the hardest hitting heavy band doing the rounds, and someone would question whether or not that tag even fits. But, the point is, it doesn’t matter. People moshed like f**k at Linkin Park shows, but the band always made sure their s**t was safe.

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So give this a watch, and pay particular attention to Chester Bennington as he explains the whole thing to people: right after the band has stopped the show and had fans pick up some fallen moshers, Chester busts out Dad-mode.

“We know we’ve been stressing all night about being cool, and this is the reason why. Let’s go over it one more time…”

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He then leads the audience in a call and respond chant:

“When someone falls, what do you do?”

“Pick them up!”

“When someone falls, what do you do?”

“Pick them up!”

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It’s not f**ken rocket science, and if you haven’t been in a pit before, don’t be that dickhead who doesn’t understand it. It’s not the place to run and steamroll someone – even if that’s what the media tells you. The s**t doesn’t work like that.

It really f**ken doesn’t.

The moshpit is your place to let off some steam while enjoying a little shoulder-to-shoulder roughhousing with others who consent to the experience and want to do the same. It’s that f**ken simple.

Final thought: So yeah, here in Oz, festival season is approaching. If you’re going in the pit, do it safely. Do it with kindness and compassion and a willingness to look out for people who are sometimes just like you and sometimes different to you. Most importantly, though, remember Bennington’s words. If someone falls, pick them up.

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