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How to survive a mosh pit

entertainment Updated: Aug 22, 2010 02:07 IST

Know what you’re doing: Although the idea is not to hurt someone, it usually does get aggressive inside mosh pits. Observe from the sidelines first.

Wear the right gear: Don’t carry a bag inside a mosh pit, or you might lose it. Make sure your shoelaces are tied right, and if you can do without spectacles, leave them home. Avoid wearing spiky wristbands and wear clothes that you won’t mind getting torn.

Behave: Remember, it’s not a fight. Even with all the pushing and shoving, the idea is not to hurt someone. If you see a fellow rocker on the ground, or get hurt, try and help out. If you hurt someone unintentionally, just wave an apology.

Ready your hands: Place your arms in a way that it does not seem violent. Brace yourself, but try and avoid looking like you’re about to strike someone.

Know when to get out: If a mosh pit gets too violent, pull out. But don’t rush since it’s the worst place to fall. Bring your hands up to your face and walk slowly towards the edge of the pit. It’s always a good idea to have a friend around, who can help you get out if things get too crazy.