Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival was canceled after the tragic events that occurred at his concert on Friday, November 5th in Houston, Texas. The crowd surge caused chaos and panic among attendees leaving eight dead and over 300 people injured.
Over 50,000 people were at the sold-out show to see Scott perform, but while the artist sang his hit songs, fans were fighting for their safety. The crowd rushed to the stage to get a closer view, leading to mass panic and hysteria. Many videos have emerged from that night showing collapsed bodies being carried out and havoc spread through the crowd. In one video, a concertgoer can be seen trying to get the attention of the crew by yelling "Someone is dead!" Unfortunately, the cameraman ignored her cry for help and told her to get off the platform, assuming she was a fan trying to get a moment with Travis.
this hurts to watch... It makes me sick to my stomach. Travis Scott is SICK pic.twitter.com/CgaAPHapBT— Barb Status (@barb_status) November 6, 2021
Niaara Goods, who attended the festival recalled, "All of a sudden, your ribs are being crushed. You have someone's arm in your neck. You're trying to breathe, but you can't." Houston authorities confirmed, "People began to fall out, become unconscious." The "mass causality incident," according to officials, has left hundreds harmed and eight victims lost their lives, between the ages of 14 to 27. Chief of Police, Troy Finner, further added that it is possible someone may have been injecting the audience with substances. One security officer at the concert said that while he was trying to restrain the audience he felt a prick in his neck and soon became unconscious.
The event has received a lot of backlash, with fans calling the 'Sicko Mode' rapper responsible for the stampede and the loss of lives from that night. Concertgoers begged the rapper to stop the event as the riots were getting more severe, but he continued to perform. At one point he stopped the show to notify security that someone had passed out in the front, but moments later he resumed his performance.
(Idc if I get hate for this)— boop (@evolvtionn) November 7, 2021
I see a lot of people saying Travis Scott did not stop his show or try to help.
I have seen this video circulating, mostly the second one, and people forgot to include to beginning and only the second portion of the video. (1) pic.twitter.com/cmbh6ufVPd
The Instagram page of the event released a statement, "Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight - especially those we lost and their loved ones. We are focused on supporting local officials however we can." Scott released his own statement on Twitter and Instagram saying, "I'm absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life."
The Astroworld Festival has been canceled, meanwhile, local police officials are continuing to investigate as to why/how the surge happened. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and victims of those injured and lost.