Warped Tour tells bands not to encourage moshing for fear of lawsuits
by Tyler Munro
June 25, 2013
image via AUX.tv’s own Riley Taylor
Bring Me the Horizon singer Oli Sykes stirred the piss pot of controversy this weekend when he alleged on Twitter that he’d been told to stop encourage moshing on Vans Warped Tour dates. From there, rumours spiralled, eventually webbing themselves into speculation that the travelling brigade had banned slam dancing altogether.
Curiously, one of the people Lyman replied to on Twitter said that this was a result of “aiming towards kids” ruining the festival experience. To him, we say: that’s always been the point.
Warped Tour exists for those who can’t go to club shows. It exists for the younger crowd who, without many all ages experiences, can shell out a modest price to see a whack of their favourite bands in one shot. That the demographic has changed musically or aesthetically says as much about you as it does the festival, and that Lyman’s taken to protecting his ass financially and legally isn’t anything we can take issue with.
Vans Warped Tour hasn’t banned moshing, they’ve just asked bands to stop explicitly supporting it. It’s a fine line, but in an era where parents sue over the smallest of incidents (ignoring the liabilities waived by purchasing a ticket), it’s hard to blame them for playing it safe.
And for what it’s worth, the first time I went to Warped Tour as a 14-year-old turd, the line-up was filled with jerks whipping bottles of piss towards the front. That, we hear, is something Oli Sykes can get behind.