When you go to a festival or outdoor concert situated on a green field site you can guarantee that it will be very crowded indeed and at times you might find yourself right in the thick of it.
Wherever there are dense crowds there is potential for a disaster - this is particularly so in a music festival situation and although our festivals are remarkably safe it really is wise to be just a little bit aware of what's going on and the best way to keep yourself safe.
It really isn't the wisest decision to keep pushing yourself further and further into an already dense crowd - crowd collapses and crowd surges do happen - in certain situations people have died as a result - and there have been a number of near misses.
In these very densely crowded situations you are putting yourself at risk of compressive asphyxia (intense pressure that stops you from breathing) - the problem here is that everyone wants those few prime positions at the front and most people don't think of the potential consequences this might have if things go wrong. If you don't believe that things can and do go wrong have a look at uk crowd accidents or resources.
A few ideas to keep yourself safe in mass crowd situations (or as safe as possible - no event can be completely risk free)
If you do stay to the end try and hang back in the arena until the mass eases a little bit - it might just help you out if things look too hectic and you consider it to be an unsafe situation. For more information check out crowd safety.
Crowd Surfing/Stage Diving/Moshing
Should you or shouldn't you? - well there are so many (quite serious) risks associated with these activities that most venues are now banning it - so aside from the risk to yourself and those around you - you run the risk of being ejected from the arena - a lot of venues are operating a 'three strikes and you're out' policy.
This is a really difficult one in some ways - we're not that keen on banning things but it isn't just about the risk to yourself - it's also about the risk to those around you who don't want to do it . If you do it you need to know what risks you are running - both for yourself and those around you so check out crowd surfing in more detail here.
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