ROSKILDE TRAGEDY PROMPTS UK GOVERNMENT ACTION ON MOSHING

In the wake of the Roskilde tragedy, new guidelines on safety are being drawn up...

The British Government’s Health And Safety Executive is to advise UK festival organisers on how to tackle moshing in the wake of the ROSKILDE tragedy.

New guidelines on safety at festivals are being drawn up which will give guidance on how audiences behave in certain situations. The H&SE’s policy adviser Mark Hitchen told Music Week magazine: “They can be influenced by the actions of others around them, if they’ve been queuing a long time or if there are sudden surges when the doors open. We also want to look at moshing to see if there is anything we can do about that.”

An event safety guide was first published in 1993 and was updated last October. The new guidelines are expected to be released this October, which one festival promoter suggested was too late, coming after the season had finished for the year.