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Live Nation Had Questionable Safety History Long Before Houston Astroworld Tragedy

Houston Astroworld Festival Injury Lawyer | Live Nation Linked to Hundreds of Injuries & Deaths

Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. – one of the largest event companies in the world – had a spotty safety record long before Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival turned deadly earlier this month in Houston, Texas.

In fact, according to NPR, the company and its subsidiaries have been linked to hundreds of deaths and injuries in the past 15 years. While a few of those incidents involved intruders, such as the 2017 terrorist bombing at an Arianna Grande concert in the U.K, others were associated with dangerous crowd control situations, including a stampede that resulted in injuries during a previous Astroworld event.

Live Nation is World’s Largest Live Entertainment Company

Founded in 2010 following the merger of Live Nation and Ticket Master, Live Nation Entertainment bills itself as the world’s largest live entertainment company. In addition to promoting, operating, and managing ticket sales for live events in the United States and internationally, the company and its subsidiaries produce more than 20,000 shows annually for more than 2,000 artists.

Live Nation Entertainment also owns and operates hundreds of venues globally, including NRG Park in Houston. Its Artist Nation division represents more than 250 performers, making it the top artist management company in the world.

Live Nation Entertainment reported $2.7 billion in revenue for the third quarter of 2021 despite a global pandemic that, until recently, had halted most live performances around the world According to NPR, COVID-19 appears to have actually benefited the company, as many smaller independent venues and organizers were unable to survive pandemic-related lockdowns, leaving Live Nation to dominate the market even more.

Live Nation Faces Scrutiny Over Astroworld Crowd Control Plans

Live Nation has attributed its recent success to pent-up demand for live performances. That demand likely helped drive ticket sales for Travis Scott’s third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park, planned as a two-day event featuring performances by the Houston native and multiple other artists.

Scott last hosted Astroworld in November 2019. Three people were injured that year when crowds overwhelmed staff, broke through gates, and rushed the entrance. Scott is also known for hosting raucous concerts and has twice been arrested for inciting crowds to rush the stage at other venues.

Yet despite this history, critics claim Live Nation’s security and emergency plan for this year’s Astroworld event lacked adequate crowd control procedures, including protocols for the type of crowd surge that left ten people dead and hundreds injured in the wake of Scott’s November 5th performance at NRG Park.

Live Nation, Scott, and other organizers are also facing scrutiny for allowing the concert to continue for nearly 40 minutes after Houston officials had declared Astroworld a “mass casualty incident.”

 Live Nation Events Linked to 200 Deaths, 750 Injuries in 7 Countries

Unfortunately, Astroworld Festival isn’t the only Live Nation event to end in disaster. In fact, 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 2011 stage collapse in Indiana that killed seven people and injured 61 others. Live Nation eventually settled with the victims for $50 million.

Two years later, a concert staffer in Long Island, New York, suffered brain damage after a forklift fell onto the booth where he was working. A jury later ordered Live Nation to pay him $101 million.

Other recent Live Nation concert incidents have included:

  • A crowd surge during a free concert at the Vancouver Winter Olympics that injured 19 people.
  • A guardrail collapsed during a Snoop Dogg concert in New Jersey, causing some 50 people to fall 10 feet onto a concrete pathway.
  • A stampede in Central Park allegedly resulted in attendees being “trampled, pummeled, assaulted.”
  • A concertgoer broke their leg during a stampede at a Gwen Stefani performance in North Carolina.

In addition to the attack at the Arianna Grande concert in 2017, other Live Nation tragedies have included 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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