At least 10 people between the ages of 9 and 27 were killed during a tragedy that occurred at the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas on November 5th. It is estimated that hundreds more were injured. Most of the injuries were caused by crushing and suffocation due to an overpacked crowd surging the stage and causing a panic. The crowd of 50,000 was packed so tightly that as headliner Travis Scott took the stage, concertgoers were crushed and trampled as the crowd rushed forward pushing towards the stage. Spectators described unconscious people being lifted over barriers so they could receive medical assistance.
Travis Scott has been previously charged in connection with crowd mayhem
Travis Scott has a history of chaos and encouraging violence at his shows. Warning signs go way back. In 2017, at a New York show Travis Scott begged a fan to jump off a second story balcony. Fortunately, that fan was not harmed. However, after that jump another fan was pushed from the same balcony and was ultimately paralyzed. After this incident, Travis Scott wrote lyrics in a new song condoning and motivating further injuries during his concerts. His song titled STARGAZING from 2018 includes the following lyrics: ‘It ain’t a mosh pit if ain’t no injuries’.
The same Houston Travis Scott Astroworld festival had a similar incident in 2019 involving crowd control when attendees broke down fences and breached barricades and were not stopped or kicked out. After this lack of security, the increase in safety measures taken was not sufficient during the event last week. Even after hundreds of people broke through barricades overwhelming the crowd, no one stopped or halted the concert. Unfortunately, this increase in preventative measures was inadequate, resulting in serious injured and fatalities.
Why wasn’t the concert stopped or cancelled
With so many unanswered questions about security at the event, it is apparent security was not a priority at the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival. After the very first song, attendees reported that the crowd was chanting “Stop the show, stop the show.” One guest reported that the show was temporarily stopped three times before resuming each time. The organizers, performers and venue are responsible for the welfare of all attendees and their neglect in this matter was
unethical as well as illegal.
It is still unclear how much the performer was aware of while performing. However, before the show started, when the crowds were rushing in and jumping the barricades without tickets it was a clear warning sign that this was going to be an unsafe environment. Another show at the same venue was cancelled just weeks before due to similar concerns of crowd safety.
Hold the guilty parties liable for their negligence
Travis Scott, the venue and Live Nation had a duty to exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety of those attending the concert. Many of the attendees are suing for negligence, gross negligence, and damages for injuries they sustained at the concert.
If you or someone you know was injured at the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival, contact Adam Miller, The Texas Bulldog. In the most difficult moments of your life, Adam Miller will always have your back. This event will go down in Texas history as a mass casualty event that could have been prevented if the organizers, performer, and venue had acted ethically and in the best interest of the safety of their guests. The Miller Law Firm has over 50 years of experience helping victims of personal injury accidents and they are ready to help you. How many more people need to be senselessly injured or killed before steps are taken to ensure the safety of concertgoers? Call our attorneys today for a free case review at 713-572-3333.