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© Paula Dredge
An evolution - of sorts - from the mosh pit which traces its roots back to punk rock shows. If moshing involves a kind of organised jostling in the crowd then the circle pit structures it further.
Just as playing aggressive metal is a release for the musicians, this is a release for the fans.
Bumper cars with people is one way of looking at it but the circle pit involves those people running in a - you guessed it - circle rather than random directions.
However, in recent years, circle pits have become so efficient and expected that participants rarely collide.