Hasn't there always been a "mosh pit" element at concerts and festivals?
Some of us are old enough to remember Fred Woods' mag Folk Review...I seem to remember a heated discussion in the letters page about the problems of so called "idiot dancing" or "jigging" which was particularly evident at Steeleye gigs. I seem to remember there was no one answer then. And yes, "mosh pit" is an unfortunate term...but irony and the internet were ever strangers. FWIW Ray, our bass player, refers to the set nearest to the band at ceilidhs as the mosh pit. It isn't.
Not that Alan, Sandra and team need my faint praise,but I've attended festivals as punter, morris dancer and musician, children/yoof entertainer and played for loads of ceilidhs for 32 years, and IMHO Shrewsbury is up there with the best. I got my teeth knocked out at Bromyard. That didn't happen at Shrewsbury. Friends of mine had a load of gear nicked at Towersey. As far as I know that didn't happen at Shrewsbury. For heaven's sake, we were driven from the campsite at Chippenham one year by a swarm of bees Unlikely, but true:-)). That didn't happen at Shrewsbury.
If you don't like it, don't go, but don't slag off a load of people
who work bloody hard to ensure a load more people have a good time...but I'm sure you'll be able to tell us why where you were was so much better.