On November 5, 2021, a fatal crowd crush occurred during the first night of the 2021 Astroworld Festival, a music event founded by American rapper Travis Scott that was held at NRG Park in Houston, Texas. Eight people died on the night of the concert, and two more died in the hospital over the following days.
Eight people died on the night of the concert, and two more died in the hospital over the following days. The cause of death for all ten was ruled to be accidental compressive asphyxiation, with one of the ten affected by the additional influence of a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol.
Twenty-five people were hospitalized, and more than 300 people were treated for injuries at the festival’s field hospital. Multiple concertgoers documented the incident, posting videos and recounting their experiences on social media.
The Astroworld Festival is an annual music event founded by American rapper and hip hop songwriter Travis Scott in 2018, taking its name from his third studio album. The event was organized and managed by Live Nation and its affiliates. Apple Music streamed Scott’s performance live.
What Happened at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Concert?
The Astroworld Concert stampede left 8 dead and many injured. Here’s the timeline of events that happened at the festival, followed by Travis Scott’s statement.
Travis Scott’s concert that was recently held in Houston created a massive buzz among the fans when around eight people were killed on the spot due to the massive crowd surge at the event.
The concert was a part of a two-day event, the Astroworld Music Festival, that began on 5 November 2021, on Friday. About 50,000 people gathered together for the show and many of them were seriously injured during the Astroworld concert.
Astroworld Music Festival
Travis Scott’s concert, held at the Astroworld Music Festival, experienced a terrifying stampede in which at least eight people were killed and dozens were injured after a massive crowd began heading to the front of the stage by punishing each other while Travis Scott was performing. The Houston Fire department, according to NYTimes, reported that about 50,000 people were assembled at the event on Friday night when the injuries occurred.
Though it is still unclear as to why the crowd began pushing towards the front of the stage, one of the people present at the event stated that the situation was hectic from the beginning. The concertgoers further revealed that there was a lot of mob mentality going on, people were willing to do whatever to be in line for merch, food, shows, and even a lot of fights broke out throughout the day.
The chaos gradually began when the crowd began heading forward with Travis Scott saying “I want to see some rages. Who wants to rage?” In a short while after that, the stampede occurred and Scott spotted an ambulance in the crowd, he stated, “There’s an ambulance in the crowd, whoa, whoa, whoa.” Furthermore, the concert organizer, Live Nation stopped the concert 30 minutes earlier than planned, 40 minutes after the mass causality began.