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What is Stage Diving?

Tricia Christensen
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Updated May 23, 2024
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Stage diving is the act of climbing onto the stage at a rock concert and jumping straight into the crowd, or falling backward into the crowd, usually into a mosh pit or slam dance pit, where hopefully folks will be receptive to your jump and catch you. The practice of stage diving became especially popular during the punk rock period when mosh pits were commonly found. Musician Iggy Pop is credited as being one of the first musicians to stage dive, where his audience would catch him. A similar or related practice is crowd surfing, where the crowd passes a person back and forth over their heads. If the musician is crowd surfing, he eventually is passed back to the front of the crowd so he can climb back on stage.

It can certainly be argued that stage diving is a fairly aggressive and pretty risky act, especially if you’re not a band member. First off, if you jump off a high stage and people do not catch you, broken bones and concussions can be the result. In a highly energized mosh pit, you might very well get trampled under the feet of head bangers or slam dancers, or just the enthusiastic crowds at the front.

Second, with large concerts in large venues, security may be tight. Many bands specify having a barrier erected between the band and the stage. It is usually several feet away from the stage and may be patrolled by security members. Trying to get over or under this barrier might result in your eviction from a concert.

Lastly, not all concerts are suited to stage diving. It is typically done in concerns that are either heavy metal or hardcore rock of other sorts. Don’t attempt stage diving at a Celine Dion concert. There is no mosh pit to catch you, and you’re likely instead to be caught by security, or if you do get on stage fall quite flat on your head.

There are plenty of Internet discussions on the appropriate venues to try stage diving. Many suggest smaller venues with minimal security. Some also recommend diving off of stages that are fairly low, so chance of injury is minimal, if you aren’t caught by moshers. For the hardcore practitioners of stage diving, higher stages, and higher security may be part of the challenge, and they insist that even though the risk is greater, the rewards of a successful stage dive are much greater too.

Though it is a practice that you’ll see in many concerts, it certainly cannot be recommended as an activity of choice. The potential for injury is too great. Despite this warning, or perhaps because of it, stage divers continue to practice what can only be described as an extreme activity. If you want to avoid being leaped upon at a concert where stage divers are likely to try jumping into the crowd, avoid the front and middle of the mosh pit.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a Musical Expert contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

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