Last night was a crazy night of bar fights and punk rock. I drum in a comedy/punk band called The 3Tards. We played at the Crab Shack in Barrie, Ontario. During the first opening band, a 250 pound shirtless man crashed a beer bottle on the ground, spit in a bouncers face, and head butted someone.
I have performed at hundreds of punk shows, and it is very rare to see fighting. Now given, there is usually a mosh pit of some kind, but this was completely out of the ordinary. There were 3 fights during the evening which lead to roughly 30 people leaving before we appeared on stage.
The shirtless punk rocker who was head butting people drove all the way from North Bay, which was close to an 8 hour drive. He had with him 20 other people. They all had to leave because of his selfish acts. Music is meant to be enjoyed. Everyone releases tension in their own ways. Mosh pits can be tame, or hurtful. It all depends on its participants. If people are punching, pushing, and smashing bottles like last night, it is harmful.
Express yourself yes, but never at the costs of other peoples well being. Mosh and have a great time to punk music, yes, but never swinging your arms around in fury and pushing to allow anger to arise.
There is a difference between releasing energy, and building up rage. You ultimately make the choice. Enjoy yourself, but never at the expense of others.