Stage diving is the act of leaping from a concert stage onto the crowd below, a stage antic whose origin is variously credited to Iggy Pop or Peter Gabriel. It is often the precursor to crowd surfing.
Initially seen as confrontational and extreme, stage diving has become common at rock music performances. Many musicians have made stage diving a part of their stage act.
Stage diving can cause serious injuries, as the stage diver can fail to be caught by the audience below and hit the floor with some force, sometimes head first. Stage divers can also injure the people on whom they land, or knock them over to be trampled by the dancing crowd. One of the most bizarre dives once happened to Slipknot turntablist Sid Wilson who climbed 6 m up a stage awning and jumped; unable to be caught by the audience, he suffered multiple injuries and concussions.