Article: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
Articles / February 2010

Click here to download this article as a PDF file (.pdf) IS THERE AN UNWARRANTED FEAR OF LIABILITY FOR MOSHING, CROWD SURFING AND STAGE DIVING? Ben Challis JP FRSA LLB(Hons) MA MA(Law) Barrister  Visiting professor of law at Buckinghamshire New University February 2010 When I was a teenage punk rocker in the late seventies, one of the joys of going to gigs was being able to pogo in some venues – bounce around with wanton abandon and then immediately as the music stopped, look down to see what badges you could collect – to replace the ones that had fallen off in the heat of the moment. Then along came grunge and the word ‘mosh pit’ was coined and groups of (mostly) male fans would indulge in often physical, aggressive and violent mass dancing (see Upton, 2004 and Marshall, 2004). In the nineties promoters, venues, event organisers and show security all had to get used to crowd surfing and stage diving – as well as moshing – and face up to the fact that at some events the audience and sometimes the performers voluntarily took part in potentially dangerous – if not lethal  – activities. Unsurprisingly this is when the…