At least eight people were killed and around two dozen injured when a high-octane Travis Scott show ― typically a sold-out event replete with mosh pits and stage diving ― descended into scenes of total chaosFriday night
Authorities have yet to determine whether any safety protocols had been ignored at Houston’s Astroworld music festival or whether anyone may be to blame. Among the few details they’ve provided so far, officials said the “mass casualty event” was set in motion when “the crowd began to compress toward the front of the stage,” and people panicked. Witnesses described what happened. extraordinary physical pressureOthers caught in the crush might exert some influence.
People panicked in tight groups can turn fatally dangerous, as was the case with 1979. a concert by The WhoOne minute’s notice, eleven people were left trampled on the sidewalk outside a Cincinnati venue.
Scott’s live shows are notorious for being loud and causing legal problems. He’s been arrested at least twice over accusations that he encouraged fans to rush past security barriers. One young fan sustained injuries in a performance in Manhattan four years back that resulted to paralysis.
GQ 2015 interview with artist likened his live performances to professional wrestling, saying, “I always want to make it feel like it’s the WWF or some shit. You know, raging and having fun and expressing good feelings is something I plan on doing and spreading across the globe.”
“We don’t like people who just stand,” he added. “This is a no-stand zone.”
The rapper expressed disbelief on Saturday at the violence in Texas.
“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” Scott said Saturday in a statementYou have sworn to fully cooperate with law enforcement.
“My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival,” he said, signing off: “Love You All.”
Scott cemented his reputation for rowdy shows during 2015′s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, when he took the stage for a packed crowd ― albeit briefly. Scott was arrested by police charged him with disorderly conductHe said, after only few minutes that he encouraged fans to climb barriers and sprint the stage in disobedience of festival security.
“Middle finger up to security right now!” Scott shouted into the microphone, Rolling Stone reportedIt was at that time.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced for one year probation. according to The Associated Press
Scott was also arrested on an identical charge in 2017. police accused himInciting a riot at a Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion show. Scott was seen on stage encouraging people to get involved, and several were injured, including a guard. Scott had been encouraging people to follow him. pleaded guilty to disorderly conductIn exchange for dropping other serious charges, the prosecutors agreed to a settlement.
The New York City show, which took place weeks later, changed Kyle Green’s life. He was only 23 years old at the time. Green claims he was shoved from a third story balcony by Scott and then drag on the stage to watch Scott perform. Green had encouraged those on the balcony at the second floor to get down in the crowd. according to The New York TimesCiting a video of the event,
“Don’t be scared,” Scott can be heard telling his fans in the video. “They’re going to catch you.” After Green’s fall, Scott ordered bystanders to scoop Green up and bring him to the stage to put a ring on his finger, the Times said. Green later sued the rapper ― along with his manager, a concert promoter and a security company that covered the event ― in a still ongoing case alleging that they all engaged in “recklessness” that left Green partially paralyzed and in need of a wheelchair.
But the sky-high energy of Scott’s performances have continued to enthrall many people who come for the music and the mayhem. These are compilations of crowd members jumping in the crowd as Scott performs. easy to findYouTube also has Scott videos contempt for security personnel His shows were a sham. People magazine described his ability to keep security guards from reaching his fans as a quality that endears him to crowds, declaring after one 2018 incident: “Travis Scott will always have his fans’ backs.”
A trending hashtag was created after his second arrest, for inciting a crowd of rioters. emergedOn social media, #FreeTravisScott
To Houston Chronicle reporter Joey Guerra, it seemed that Scott’s vantage point from the stage did not give him a clear view of what was going on in front of him. Guerra told the BBC that Scott stopped the show “several times” to address problems in the crowd, adding, “I don’t think he was aware of the extent of what was going on.”
Scott has been sharply criticised by others for not heeding the warnings of the crowd. Social media posts show that multiple people leapt onto the stage during the event. begging Scott to stop the showOnly to have his staff waver at him.