ASTROWORLD MUSIC FESITVAL TRAGEDY

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Allison Edwards, Staff Writer

Travis Scott, a famous American rapper, had a concert Friday, November 5, 2021, for the Astroworld Music Festival in Houston, Texas. Around 50,000 people attended thinking it would be like any other concert, but little did they know that this concert would turn into a tragedy. Around 9 P.M. when the concert started, the whole crowd started to “compress toward the front of the stage” which caused chaos, stated Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña. It caused a stampede to break out and people were pushing into each other to the point of trampling, cardiac arrest, and suffocation. “Eight people were killed and more than 300 were injured” stated Jack Morphet and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon, who work for the New York Post. A couple of concertgoers climbed the camera tower yelling “stop the show”, but the camera operator ignored them. After the event, “authorities confirmed one of the early claims that someone was injecting people with a needle during the deadly event” stated Eyewitness News. Due to this tragedy, the second day of the concert was canceled.

According to the New York Post, Scott’s concerts are notorious for “his high-energy performances in which music fans are encouraged to stage dive and crowd-surf leading to many injuries.” In 2017 at one of Scott’s concerts, fans were encouraged to jump down from balconies and told that the people beneath would catch them. One man, Kyle Green, “was pushed from a third-story balcony” and hit the floor leaving him partially paralyzed and “needing a wheelchair after the incident” stated Green. In 2015, Scott encouraged many concert attendees to go past security measures and jump barriers to join him on stage. Scott mentioned earlier to GQ(Gentlemen’s Quarterly Magazine) that “raging and having fun and expressing good feelings is something I plan on doing and spreading across the globe” not realizing that this opened the opportunity for people to get injured and killed. 

Since the accident on November 5, Scott stated “I am absolutely devastated by what happened…my prayers go out to the families and all those impacted.” Outside the arena at the Astroworld Festival, there were “ several growing memorials” that mainly members and friends have placed along with people “showing up to pay their respects to those who were killed and injured” stated Jason Miles, writer for KHOU News. The victims that were in this incident were between the ages of 14 to 27. Many families are grieving the losses of their children, parents, friends, and family members. An NRG(the festival’s location) spokesperson stated that they were “deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of life and pain experienced by all those impacted in the tragedy.”