Houston Astroworld Festival Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers
Houston Astroworld Festival Crowd Surge Lawyers
The third annual Astroworld Festival, a popular two-day music event held at Houston’s NRG Park, turned deadly on November 5, 2021, when the large crowd in attendance began surging towards the stage during rapper Travis Scott’s much-anticipated performance.
Chaos quickly ensued, and before it was over, the crowd surge had left at least eight concert-goers dead and hundreds of others injured. All of the deceased were under 30, including two teenagers, ages 14 and 15. Other children were reportedly hurt in the melee, including a 10-year-old boy taken to Texas Children’s hospital in critical condition.
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Astroworld Crowd Control a Concern Even Before Travis Scott Took the Stage
Astroworld is a popular weekend music festival organized by Houston-native Travis Scott and concert promoter Live Nation. This year’s event opened on Friday, November 5th, and brought more than 50,000 fans to NRG Park to enjoy performances by Scott and multiple other artists.
Even before Scott took the stage that evening, Houston officials were worried that crowd control would be a challenge. Known for attracting an aggressive audience, Travis Scott has been previously arrested – once during Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2015 and again in Arkansas in 2015 – for inciting crowds to bypass security and rush the stages.
Scott last hosted Astroworld in November 2019. Three people were injured that year when crowds overwhelmed staff, broke through gates, and rushed the entrance.
The Houston Police Department assigned more than 300 officers to this year’s event, and Live Nation provided an additional 241 private security personnel. According to The New York Times, Houston’s police chief also visited Scott in his dressing room before the opening night show to convey his crowd-control concerns.
Sadly, the worst fears were realized. As soon as Scott appeared before the 50,000+ fans gathered at NRG Park, the crowd rushed the stage, quickly became uncontrollable, and panic ensued. One 25-year-old concert-goer later told the Times that he watched in horror as people began to collapse around him.
“People usually fall, and you just pick people up,” he said, recalling his experiences attending the Astroworld event in previous years. “This time, people couldn’t do that. There were too many people. You could not move. Everywhere you were, people were pushing you. Every time he performs, people get excited.”
Travis Scott’s Performance Continued for Nearly 40 Minutes After “Mass Casualty Incident” Declared | Astroworld Lawsuit
Before the performance ended, more than 300 people were treated at the Astroworld event field hospital. Over 20 others were transferred to area hospitals, including 11 people in cardiac arrest, and at least eight died in the chaos.
“What we know is that we have eight people who have died as a result of the injuries suffered at that event,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña later told MSNBC. “That number may rise because we did transport more people in critical condition.”
Witnesses have reported that Scott briefly stopped performing on two occasions after noticing concert-goers in distress, but the show quickly resumed each time. One video later circulated on social media shows people waving toward the stage and chanting, “Stop the show!”
While organizers finally ended the concert 30 minutes earlier than scheduled, the halt came nearly 40 minutes after officials had already declared Astroworld a “mass casualty incident.”
“The one person who can really call for and get a tactical pause when something goes wrong is that performer. They have that bully pulpit, and they have a responsibility,” Chief Peña told The New York Times. “If somebody would have said, ‘Hey, shut this thing down and turn on the lights until this thing gets corrected’ — and that coming from the person with the mic — I think could have been very helpful.”
Past Live Nation Events Have Ended in Death and Injury
Astroworld is not the first time an uncontrollable crowd surge has resulted in disaster. In fact, according to a paper recently published in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, reports of human stampedes have more than doubled in each of the past two decades.
In 1979, for example, 11 people were killed when a crowd of 20,000 fans waiting to see The Who in Cincinnati, Ohio, rushed the venue’s doors. Nine people died in a crowd surge at a Pearl Jam concert in 2000, and 21 lost their lives at a German electronic dance music festival in 2010.
Astroworld’s promoter has also had its share of safety problems. According to The Houston Chronicle, Live Nation Entertainment and its subsidiary Live Nation Worldwide have been linked to at least 750 injuries and around 200 deaths at its events in seven countries since 2006, including:
- A crowd surge during a free concert at the Vancouver Winter Olympics that injured 19 people.
- In 2016, a crowd forced a railing to give way at a Snoop Dogg concert in Camden, New Jersey. Around 50 people fell roughly 10 feet onto a concrete pathway.
- A stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in 2011 tragically killed seven people and injured more than 60 others.
- Fans who attended a 2018 concert in Central Park said in court documents they were “trampled, pummeled, assaulted” during a stampede.
- A concert-goer broke their leg during a stampede at a Gwen Stefani performance in North Carolina in 2016.
Other Live Nation tragedies include the suicide bombing at an Arianna Grande concert in Manchester, England, in 2017; the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that same year; and a terrorist attack at a Paris concert hall in 2015.
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