Nine people died as a result of the overcrowding at the iconic Astroworld Festival, which resulted in a number of lawsuits and a plethora of unsolved questions about what went wrong.
One main issue was the lack of security within the festival which was supported through CNN’s article, “Deadly Astroworld Festival spiraled out of control for hours, Houston FD logs show“. Spectators had already infiltrated the main gate shortly after the event began at 9 a.m. on November 5, according to handwritten records acquired by CNN on Friday. According to the logs, at least eight further breaches were detected during the day, with 3,000 to 5,000 concertgoers who were “not scanned” entering the arena by 5:05 p.m..
After Travis Scott started performing, however, people were out of hand by pushing the crowd to the front, making it hard to breathe or move. People started passing out and falling, yet the performers, Scott and Drake, did not stop the show.
So why wasn’t the show stopped? Although it is not agreed upon, people believe that the reason why Scott did not stop the show was because of the already chaotic environment. With almost 50,000 young audience, there could have been a risk for riots against stopping an anticipated show for injured people, not understanding the severity of it.
“It is unclear what Scott saw from the stage and whether he was aware of the crowd conditions, but he continued to perform until about 10:10 p.m. That was after officials declared the concert a “mass casualty event,” according to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña last Saturday”(Sanchez, Flores, Lavandera).CNN article, “Deadly Astroworld Festival spiraled out of control for hours, Houston FD logs show“
Scott and Drake, who joined Scott onstage during his set, are the two musicians that have received the most attention from the concert. The celebrities have taken to social media to express their grief over the incident. However, while there could have been good intentions, the execution seemed ingenuine and therefore resulted in further backlash. While Drake voiced his thoughts on Instagram, Scott has issued refunds and canceled his next gig, teamed with mental health care providers to provide assistance to those impacted, and promised to pay for the victims’ memorial services.