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Old 17-12-2009, 03:07 PM   #166
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Just a couple of things to add. If you are in the second row, please, please do not reach forward to grab the barrier. It is really painful being on the barrier with somones bony elbow digging into your ribs! On the same note, try to keep your elbows tucked in as much as possible because bony parts of bodies digging into backs is also very painful!

And, I think someone already mentioned, please be careful when putting your fist in the air not to hit the person in front in the head, the same when taking photos, make sure your arm is not in the person in front's face.

Always try to get to know the people around you too so you can look out for each other and if you see someone else having a bad time of it, look out for them.

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Old 17-12-2009, 05:24 PM   #167
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I think it should be mentioned that even if you're in the pit, it doesn't mean that you have to stand in the very front where you get beat up and groped etc.

I've seen Muse from the very front (one person behind barrier) and from the middle of the floor (with minimal pushing and showing), and from seats, and though I truly enjoyed each time, my best memories are probably from the time I was in the middle of the floor where I got to really enjoy the music and the jumping without worrying about being hurt by the crowd around me, and the view was still good.

That being said, I still plan on switching it around, depending on who goes to the shows with me.
I agree about being in the middle. You don't seem to get pushed around as much and normally have a little more space to move around, jump up and down without hurting anyone.

I've never been to a gig where I've been seated before. While it might be safe I would feel like I'm missing out of the fun of being on the floor.
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Old 17-12-2009, 06:29 PM   #168
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I agree about being in the middle. You don't seem to get pushed around as much and normally have a little more space to move around, jump up and down without hurting anyone.

I've never been to a gig where I've been seated before. While it might be safe I would feel like I'm missing out of the fun of being on the floor.
Its not bad. Because the seats pretty much help define personal space. I'm pretty clumsy so honestly, its the safest thing for all concerned that I go for seats.
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Old 17-12-2009, 06:43 PM   #169
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Just a couple of things to add. If you are in the second row, please, please do not reach forward to grab the barrier. It is really painful being on the barrier with somones bony elbow digging into your ribs! On the same note, try to keep your elbows tucked in as much as possible because bony parts of bodies digging into backs is also very painful!

And, I think someone already mentioned, please be careful when putting your fist in the air not to hit the person in front in the head, the same when taking photos, make sure your arm is not in the person in front's face.

Always try to get to know the people around you too so you can look out for each other and if you see someone else having a bad time of it, look out for them.

Oh and above all else, HAVE FUN!!!
I agree with everything you said, Helen, except the first part, and that only sometimes. You and I are fairly tall sturdy gals, but if it's a tiny person on the barrier, it can be really helpful to have someone standing just behind them bracing their arms on the barrier to form a physical shield. A few times I have been in the 2nd row in the pit, behind fairly small people and with a strong surge from behind, where my strong biceps were the only thing keeping both of us from being crushed!

My general rule is, I ask before the headliner to see if the person minds if I brace on the barrier for both of us.
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Old 17-12-2009, 06:58 PM   #170
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The only thing I would add is if you can find a comfortable pair, wear steel toe shoes. I was in the pit at Vegas last weekend about four people back directly in front of Matt and I didn't feel anyone stepping/jumping on me. I had a blast and the shoes definitely helped. The last concert I was at- Mayhem Festival in Chicago in 08- was brutal. During Machinehead I had a huge guy literally standing on my foot and I kept asking him to get off me and he ignored me. I finally shoved him really hard and he moved. I don't like to resort to violence, but I will if I've exhausted all other means. I was limping for a week afterwards. Not fun.
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The pit is a very large area. The way it was described sounds like how it is much closer to the stage (I know this because I got stuck in it once and wasn't prepared for it). I've been in the pit for half of the Muse performances I went too but learned to stand in the back. The whole entire pit isn't a mob from what I remember. There was ample room for the people that didn't want to be mobbed in the back.

Edit: My experience is for Muse headlining concerts only, I'm not talking about festivals where multiple bands take turns on stage.
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Old 17-12-2009, 07:17 PM   #172
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So if you've got a good pair of arms, you'll be relatively comfortable at the barrier?
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Old 17-12-2009, 07:24 PM   #173
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So if you've got a good pair of arms, you'll be relatively comfortable at the barrier?
If you don't mind some bruises! And people trying to mash you from behind... It really helps if you make friends with those around/behind you so you can all work together to hold your ground and be able to actually enjoy the concert!

Experiencing the energy of Muse from a few feet away is an incomparable experience!
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Old 17-12-2009, 07:26 PM   #174
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I think it should be mentioned that even if you're in the pit, it doesn't mean that you have to stand in the very front where you get beat up and groped etc.

I've seen Muse from the very front (one person behind barrier) and from the middle of the floor (with minimal pushing and showing), and from seats, and though I truly enjoyed each time, my best memories are probably from the time I was in the middle of the floor where I got to really enjoy the music and the jumping without worrying about being hurt by the crowd around me, and the view was still good.

That being said, I still plan on switching it around, depending on who goes to the shows with me.
lol I'm glad you said that because I was starting to doubt my past experiences reading all these post. I've been in GA plenty of times and I was only mauled once. That was because I wanted to be up at the front and didn't realize how people were going to act. In the middle/back of the GA is a lot more tame
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Old 17-12-2009, 07:43 PM   #175
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lol I'm glad you said that because I was starting to doubt my past experiences reading all these post. I've been in GA plenty of times and I was only mauled once. That was because I wanted to be up at the front and didn't realize how people were going to act. In the middle/back of the GA is a lot more tame
Yeah, things only tend to get crazy in the the front, or if some morons try to actually mosh somewhere. If you are lucky enough to be tall, you may want to consider staying back a bit, and leaving the rail to us vertically challenged midgets
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If you don't mind some bruises! And people trying to mash you from behind... It really helps if you make friends with those around/behind you so you can all work together to hold your ground and be able to actually enjoy the concert!

Experiencing the energy of Muse from a few feet away is an incomparable experience!
Now I'm afraid I will miss out a big part of the concert if I don't go in the pit
But I am a weak, calm, 5' 4 glass-wearing opera-goer and I am too scared and shy to deal with the crowd of a pit
I am no longer sure what to do
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Yeah, things only tend to get crazy in the the front, or if some morons try to actually mosh somewhere. If you are lucky enough to be tall, you may want to consider staying back a bit, and leaving the rail to us vertically challenged midgets
I'm not that tall, but I'm not short. I'm 5'8'' and I'll be wearing my boots which will give me another 2 inches probably. I'm stickin towards the back anyways because I really hated being stuck in the front. You can't enjoy the music when you can't breathe and are worried about getting hurt.
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Now I'm afraid I will miss out a big part of the concert if I don't go in the pit
But I am a weak, calm, 5' 4 glass-wearing opera-goer and I am too scared and shy to deal with the crowd of a pit
I am no longer sure what to do
chill out at the side or back of the pit

from what i've been reading it's only intense at the front - mid and on matts side.. anyone in the pit will be closer to muse than seated people so regardless of where you are in the pit it should be awesome

kind of a dumb questino but the back is going to be a lot easier to breathe and it probably won't be as sweaty right?
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Now I'm afraid I will miss out a big part of the concert if I don't go in the pit
But I am a weak, calm, 5' 4 glass-wearing opera-goer and I am too scared and shy to deal with the crowd of a pit
I am no longer sure what to do
Personally, if its not for you then you are only missing out on ruining your own concert experience.
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Now I'm afraid I will miss out a big part of the concert if I don't go in the pit
But I am a weak, calm, 5' 4 glass-wearing opera-goer and I am too scared and shy to deal with the crowd of a pit
I am no longer sure what to do
Hang out in the back of the pit
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