Jessica Michalik

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Jessica Anna Michalik
Born Jessica Anna Michalik
7 January 1985
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Died 26 January 2001(2001-01-26) (aged 16)
Concord, New South Wales, Australia
Education Cromer High School
Occupation Student (Tenth grade)
Parents George and Barbara

Jessica Anna Michalik (7 January 1985 – 26 January 2001) was an Australian teenage girl from Dee Why, Sydney who died as a result of asphyxiation five days after being crushed in a mosh pit during the 2001 Big Day Out music festival during a performance by nu metal band Limp Bizkit.

Incident[edit]

The Coroner's Court of New South Wales findings into her death criticized the crowd control measures in use at the time, and also criticized Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst for "alarming and inflammatory" comments during the rescue effort. Jessica's family and best friend Liza Ryan have maintained that it was a series of factors that contributed to Jessica's death and no one party was to blame.

Somewhat coincidentally, the band At the Drive-In had taken exception to the vigorous moshing during their performance earlier that day. Their lead singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, at the conclusion of their song Cosmonaut addressed the crowd saying "I think it's a very very sad day when the only way you can express yourself is through slamdancing" then after pointing at an audience member crowd surfing saying "look at that... you didn't learn that from your best friend! You learned that from the TV!," and finally stating to the crowd "You're a robot, you're a sheep" before bleating at them several times and leaving the stage around 10 minutes into their set.[1]

The band Grinspoon performed at Jessica's funeral, and moments of silence have been held at subsequent Big Day Out festivals. Performers at the Big Day Out observe the "minute of noise" each year to honour her memory.

Limp Bizkit's tribute to Jessica Michalik during Soundwave 2012 in Melbourne

Limp Bizkit paid tribute to Jessica during their Soundwave 2012 performances in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, by displaying a banner on their set with Jessica's name on it as well as talking about the serious dangers that come with mosh pits and the need for crowd control.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] At the Drive-In at Big Day Out, 2001