Courtesy of defendpoppunk.com, The Story So Far

Courtesy of defendpoppunk.com, The Story So Far

By Staff Writer Joe Cirilo

A viral video is circulating on the internet lately of the band The Story So Far’s Bout of Heroism at Warped Tour, where they decided to defend a fan who was apprehended for crowd surfing.

The video depicts a young audience member “crowd surfing” over the top of the barricade that was meant to separate the stage and the crowd. Upon doing so, the security guard throws him at the top of the crowd with great force, and then further pushes him away as the event-goer attempts to stand back up. In retaliation, members of the band put down their instruments and took to the crowd to assault the security force.

“Crowd surfing,” has been banned from Warped Tour, perhaps justifiably, for being unsafe. A short banner explaining the situation reads: “You mosh, you crowd surf. You get hurt, we get sued. No more Warped Tour.”

Organizers have reportedly told performers in the past, according to Oliver Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon that they are no longer allowed to use the terms “mosh pit,” or “wall of death,” due to liability issues with the parents of the festival goers. Although, an official reason for this move has not been released, it’s safe to say that “moshing” and “crowd surfing” are not readily safe actions to partake in, at large events like these.

To give you some clarity, “crowd surfing” involves being carried, usually on one’s back, across the top of a crowd, with hundreds of individuals moving the surfer around the audience. A “mosh pit” is a circular “pit”, in which patrons, for lack of better terminology, thrash and flail their bodies about, often resulting in injury for people in and around the area. Finally, a “wall of death,” involves the audience dividing evenly into two separate crowds with a visible area down the middle. When called upon to act, the two halves charge blindly into one another, also, often resulting in injury.

The question remains, in this case, who was at fault? The performer for attacking the security guard? The patron who broke the rules? Or the security guard himself for using excessive force. The answer, in this writer’s opinion, is all three.