Eight people died and hundreds were injured at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston due to a mixture of mismanagement, negligence, and an unwavering focus on profitability over human life.
Eight people and hundreds more were injured in a crowd crush at Astroworld Festival over the weekend.
Launched in 2018 by producer and rapper Travis Scott, the annual event is intended to be a large-scale, psychedelic experience that takes place on the former site of a now-closed theme park of the same name.
While it had historically been a popular festival with Houston’s citizens and hip-hop goers alike, the news of eight deaths – all under the age of 30 and one as young as 14 – has sent shock waves across the music industry, and it is currently unclear what will happen next.
In an Instagram video response, Travis said he was ‘working with local authorities’ and was ‘devastated’. An investigation has been launched and one of likely many lawsuits has now begun. The following day of Astroworld Festival was cancelled and GoFundMe pages have been setup for the families of victims. A subreddit also appeared on Saturday titled r/fucktravisscott.
Various accounts from witnesses and victims indicate that fans attempted to alert security and organisers of overcrowding from the moment Travis appeared on stage. Earlier in the day, gate rushers were filmed flooding into the venue without tickets and TikToks from the night show an absurdly packed standing area.
According to reports, a surge in pushing and crowd movement began once the music started and did not let up for the entirety of the show. This became more intense when Drake made a surprise appearance and fans attempted to scream for help.
Travis appears to disregard some of these pleas and continues the show regardless, only stopping occasionally for fans he believes to be passed out in the crowd. One girl’s lengthy Instagram post details how she attempted to tell a cameraman providing a feed for an Apple Music stream that ‘there is someone dead’ – but she was ultimately ignored.
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Ambulances also tried to get to those who needed help, but both security and medical staff were underfunded and overwhelmed. Clips were shared over the weekend of fans jumping on top of an ambulance that was near the scene, while Travis himself says ‘what the fuck is that?’ as he looks on from the stage.