Travis Scott made a statement. at least eight people diedMany more people were hurt in the crowd surge that followed his performance at Houston’s Astroworld Music Festival.
“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” the rapper, who launched the annual Astroworld Festival in 2018, posted on social media. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”
Scott thanked first responders and added that he is “committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.”
It all began on Friday at 9 p.m.
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said at a news conference. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”
Over 300 people received treatment at the field hospital located near the festival. Twenty-three people had to be transferred to another area hospital, with eight of them dying. CNN reported
Witnesses told CNN that they began to feel crushed by the packed crowd before Scott’s performance began.
“The crowd was squishing me so much that I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” Emily Munguia, 22, told the outlet. “I started screaming for help … I felt so scared, like I was going to die.”
Jarring video posted on social mediaShows people climbing up the stage, shouting that they need assistance as the show continues. Scott stopped the show several times in order to request security assistance for fans. However, he was criticized on social media because he didn’t intervene more.
Joey Guerra (Houston Chronicle music critic) attended the festival. told the BBC that Scott did stop the performance “several times” to direct security to help fansThis is. Guerra said he didn’t think Scott “was aware of the extent of what was going on.”
Scott’s shows have a history of chaos and injuries, The New York Times reported. He’s currently being sued by a concertgoer who was paralyzed after being pushed from a balcony and dragged onstage in 2017, and Scott pleaded to a recklessness charge after encouraging Lollapalooza attendees to climb over barricades.