Metal fans in the mosh pit during the set of Neara at Wacken Open Air 2013.

The Pit

October 31, 2015

Those who have been to a punk, metal or hardcore show before know what they are getting themselves into. When the music on stage is accelerating, so is everything else around it. Welcome to the moshpit! The ultimate place to exhibit passion for loud and brutal music. Here, music and rhythm are used as a projection platform for aggression which finds expression in wild, artistic movements. The pit is a dynamic space that arises from the movements of the densely packed concert audience and is constantly being reshaped by coexistence and conflict. It is an integral part of the subculture where headbanging, crowdsurfing and aggressive or even violent dancing is not just permitted, but expected.

Metal fan making a backflip in the mosh pit during the set of Walls of Jericho at Wacken Open Air 2009.

Walls of Jericho (Wacken Open Air 2009)

Metal fans in the mosh pit during the set of Walls of Jericho at Wacken Open Air 2009.

Walls of Jericho (Wacken Open Air 2009).

Metal fans in the mosh pit during the set of Job for a Cowboy at Wacken Open Air 2010.

Job for a Cowboy (Wacken Open Air 2010)

Metal fans in the mosh pit at Wacken Open Air 2010.

Job for a Cowboy (Wacken Open Air 2010)

Metal fans in the dusty mosh pit at Wacken Open Air.

Metal fans in the dusty mosh pit at Wacken Open Air.

Metal fan with dreadlocks in the mosh pit at Wacken Open Air 2013.

Metal fan with dreadlocks in the mosh pit at Wacken Open Air 2013.

Metal fans in the circle pit at Wacken Open Air.

Metal fans in the circle pit at Wacken Open Air.

Metal fans in the mosh pit during the rainy set of Lamb of God at Wacken Open Air 2013.

Lamb of God (Wacken Open Air 2013)

Metal fans in the mosh pit during the set of Neara at Wacken Open Air 2013.

Neara (Wacken Open Air 2013)

Metal fans in the mosh pit during the set of Bring Me The Horizon at Wacken Open Air 2014.

Bring Me The Horizon (Wacken Open Air 2014)

Metal fans in the mosh pit during the set of August Burns Red at Wacken Open Air 2014.

August Burns Red (Wacken Open Air 2014)

Metal fans in the muddy mosh pit at Wacken Open Air 2015.

Muddy mosh pit at Wacken Open Air 2015.

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