Travis Scott Astroworld Tragedy

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Ian Dahl

Famous rapper and song artist Travis Scott has recently been sued for the terrible tragedy that took place at the Astroworld music festival. The music festival, which was promoting one of Travis Scott’s albums, Astroworld, took place in Houston, Texas on November 5th and had an  astounding audience of around 50,000 people. 

As the concert began and Travis Scott began to perform for the audience, the horde of concert goers began to push and shove towards the front of the stage, resulting in a sudden crushing force. A concert goer, Alexis Guavin, described their experience at the concert once Travis Scott began, “Once started, all hell broke loose… All of what is to be 50,000 people ran to the front, compressing everyone together with the little air available.” As the horde kept pushing forward, more and more people began to be compacted together. The crushing feeling continued to increase as Travis performed and many concert goers began to experience the consequences. Another concert goer, Emily Munguia, described their personal experience as they were crushed by the mob of people, “The crowd was squishing me so much that I felt like I couldn’t breathe… I started screaming for help… I felt so scared, like I was going to die.” Many other concert goers felt the same way with some of them being knocked unconscious from the lack of air and space. According to Emily Munguia, a large number of people were hurt, knocked unconscious, crying,  or bleeding from the crushing force.

More than 300 concert goers had to be treated at a field hospital outside the concert as a result of the large horde of people. Many people are still being treated in hospitals and currently there are ten recorded deaths due to the Astroworld concert. According to the Houston mayor, Sylvester Turner, “The victims were 14, 16, two were 21, two were 23 and one was 27 years old, while one of the victim’s ages remains unknown.” After the concert, Travis Scott released an apology video on Twitter and Instagram, saying in the video, “I’m honestly just devastated.” Travis Scott’s apology video was heavily criticized online for being disingenuous and believed that he should have taken more precautions before the concert began and should have stopped the concert once he noticed the injured crowd members. 

This tragedy has led to families of the victims at the Travis Scott concert to sue the rap artist for $750 million. Many cases have already been filed against Travis Scott for the disaster by affected families. Overall, things are not looking very good for the rapper.

 

Sources:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59331525

https://www.cnn.com/2021/11/06/us/houston-astroworld-festival/index.html

https://abc13.com/astroworld-htx-deaths-ezra-blount-bharti-shahani-madison-dubisk/11237335/

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-59205840

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/11/10/arts/everything-we-know-about-tragedy-travis-scotts-astroworld-festival/