I've been looking for some time into the matter, but did never run into a proper conclusion: who actually invented circle pits?
I know it's a metal fans phenomenon, but I also ran into people circle pitting at non-metal, barely rock, concerts and I was wondering how widespread it was.
For those who never heard the term, it consists of freeing a circle, 10 meters (30 feet) wide, inside a crowd to then close it up by running into each other. It's a mosh-pit, but it opens up at random points into the audience and yes it's extremely annoying and probably might be even dangerous.
It certainly looks a lot like "the wall of death" a similar audience shenanigan where the crowd is instructed to part in two, like the waters of the red sea, and then mosh together at a command from the stage, at the start of a song with a long intro, or when the music gets louder. Walls of death were extremely popularized by Lamb of God and Exodus fans, though they were invented by the HC punk band Sick Of It All.
I was wondering how, when, and where they became circular and if that was bound to a specific band fanbase.
Also, yeah, as I already pointed out, those circle pits are annoying as hell because you cannot plan in advance to avoid them, and also because the people that start them work in groups like a self-appointed order service and I find people auto-investing themselves of pretend-authority pretty bothering.
Also this circle-starting group thing is interesting to look into: how do they organize, how in advance do they plan those circle starts, and do they come to the concerts with the express purpose of ruining the frution for many?
So. I'm looking into this stuff from an historical point of view. Any pointers?