Boston police declare war on mosh pits after Flogging Molly show

Boston police declare war on mosh pits after Flogging Molly show

Are moshpits bound to become a thing of the past at Boston venues? After a February Flogging Molly concert in, Boston Police cited The House Of Blues for allowing violent a mosh pit/slam dancing and promised a crackdown on what is allegedly “dangerous behavior” and a “public safety hazard.” According to police around 60 people were involved in some sort of moshing/slam dancing. Boston police spokesperson Officer Nicole Grant had this to say on the matter:

“Dancing is a First Amendment right, but the behavior itself is a violation, especially when it becomes dangerous and a public safety hazard.” (Source)

The venue has been forced to put up several illuminated signs that ban moshing. While no other clubs have been cited yet, many Boston-area hardcore, punk, and metal bands are speaking up against the crackdown, attacking the move as setting a bad precedent for city venues.

While the issue heated up as Dropkick Murphys prepared for their St. Patrick’s Day concerts, frontman Ken Casey wasn’t worried about the effect the citation would have on their weekend:

I don’t see it as a concern for us. Maybe in 1998 it would have been,” said Casey.

Many petitions are being circulated to overturn the action, but the ban currently remains intact.

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