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Disaster during concert at the Astroworld in Houston

Disaster at Astroworld could have been avoided

By Shaheryar Khan

Houston rapper Travis Scott has become somewhat of a household name recently. For the past few years, many fans of Scott anticipate the famous music festival hosted by the Houston rapper, Astroworld Festival, which was inaugurated in 2018 after the release of his third studio album by the same name “Astroworld.”

Every year, fans of Scott get together at NRG Park in Houston to “rage” with Scott and his list of talented associated acts. In the past, there have been performances by popular artists such as Post Malone, Migos, Lil Wayne, and Marylin Manson to name a few.

Astroworld Festival ended in chaos and tragedy on Nov. 5, as ten people have been confirmed dead and more than 300 people injured due to a crowd surge.

Officials have tallied the number of attendees at 50,000 at the venue. Several people have mentioned that the venue was not big enough for the attendees. However, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told the Associated Press that the venue was able to withstand up to 200,000 people.

This begs the question of who was at fault for this tragic incident. Was it the fault of the concertgoers? Was it the festival staff’s fault? Or is Houston’s very own “LaFlames” to be blamed?

For starters, Scott has a history of inciting the crowd of his concerts to act rowdy and violent, or what Scott fans refer to as “raging.”

Due to the aftermath of the tragedy, Scott is being sued by many people who were in attendance, accusing him of “inciting” the crowd before the surge.

“There’s a criminal investigation underway at this point in time,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. He also mentioned that a “detailed review of everything that has taken place,” was underway.

“It will take probably weeks if not longer, and I’m sure that what took place will be looked at from many different angles as well as it should.”

Additionally, the fans that Scott has garnered over the years have been known to be “clout chasers” and will do anything to get their ten seconds of fame.

Peña mentioned that NGR Park is able to withstand up to 200,000 people, yet there was a stampede. As paramedics were arriving to the people injured, a viral video on Twitter showed a person getting on top of an ambulance truck and “raging” as the crowd cheered him on.

It just shows that no matter what the severity is, some fans will do anything to get their ten seconds of “clout.”

The people in attendance cared more about trying to get in front of the stage to get a closer view of Scott, not realizing that they were injuring and killing people.

For 50,000 people in attendance, NRG Park staff was definitely not prepared to handle the festival.

Some have come forward and expressed that many staff members were unexperienced.

Security guard at Astroworld, Darrius Williams, told Rolling Stone that he has never worked in security before.

“It felt like they just needed bodies, like they were hiring anyone who passed a background test,” Williams said.

The negligence in planning the event definitely has to be accounted for in trying to see why things went wrong in this year’s Astroworld Festival.

Scott had to pause the show on three different occasions during his set because of emergencies in the crowd. However, amidst the chaos that erupted during the concert, Scott did not cancel the show and continued until the end.

Scott apologized via social media for not “understanding the severity” of the situation.

The apology was not well received by fans as there have been, now deleted, tweets of Scott encouraging fans to sneak into the venue.

Some fans took to Twitter and said: “If these aren’t PR apologies, I don’t know what is.”

“As things got chaotic, I stuck with my group and we managed to get out with a couple of bruises,” one concertgoer told The Dateline. “We did walk over dead bodies though.”

The tragic injuries and deaths could have been easily avoided if such extreme negligence had not occurred by NRG staff, Scott’s “raging” fans, and Scott himself.

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Last updated 11/19/2021 7:10 AM