Summer is right around the corner and you can easily tell because the Vans Warped Tour has just kicked off their annual trek around the country. Sadly, like last year, festival organizers have revealed that moshing and crowdsurfing are no longer allowed at any of their stops.
If this decree sounds oddly familiar, it is because last year the traveling rock show tried to implement the same kind of policy during their 2013 journey. At Friday’s launch show, a picture was taken of a sign hanging from one of the many stages which reads, “No Moshing/Crowdsurfing. You Mosh, You Crowdsurf—You Get Hurt—We Get Sued—No More Warped Tour.”
For many new comers to the festival and those who appreciate doing the newly outlawed things at a show, they have begun crying foul play. For veterans, it looks like the consensus was unanimous; they would be OK with moshing and crowdsurfing being outlawed in an effort to reduce the stupidity that gets encountered when all you want to do is see a band.
Last year, the news broke about the similar policy when Bring Me the Horizon’s Oli Sykes revealed that he had been told that he was not allowed to mention the terms “mosh pit” or “wall of death” during his performances. The rule that Sykes had made reference to is part of the insurance policy that the festival has depending on each individual festival stop and its venue. In it, the  policy stated that bands must refrain from using any of those terms that way it made it easier for the insurance companies to cover those who were injured during the show.
Check out the picture of the sign and let us know how you feel about the new implementation. Good, bad, or indifferent?