Nike Delays Travis Scott Sneaker Release in Response to Astroworld Festival Tragedy
Travis Scott continues to face commercial consequences following the deadly crowd surge that tragically killed 10 Astroworld Festival attendees and left hundreds of others injured in Houston, Texas, earlier this month.
In a statement released yesterday, Nike announced it was postponing the release of its newest Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack sneaker, a collaboration with Scott, in response to the tragedy.
“Out of respect for everyone impacted by the tragic events at the Astroworld Festival, we are postponing the launch of the Air Max 1 x Cactus Jack,” the company said.
The sneaker was initially set to launch on Nike’s SNKRS app on December 16th. A new release date is yet to be scheduled. It’s also not known how the November 5th tragedy at NRG Park will impact Scott’s other collaborations with Nike, including a set of Nike Air Trainer 1s and new Air Jordan 1 Lows that had been in the works before Astroworld.
Houston Astroworld Festival Tragedy Claimed 10 Lives, Youngest Was Only 9
Travis Scott’s third annual Astroworld Festival was meant to be a two-day event filled with musical performances by the Houston native and multiple other artists. But the festival turned deadly shortly after Scott appeared for his opening night performance, prompting the massive crowd gathered at NRG Park to surge towards the stage.
Before the night was over, eight Astroworld attendees were dead. Two others would later die in the hospital, including a Texas A& M student and a 9-year-old boy who succumbed to his injuries on Sunday. All of the victims were under the age of 30.
In the wake of the Astroworld tragedy, Scott and concert promoter Live Nation have faced criticism for failing to stop the show once it became apparent that the situation was out of control. Although he briefly interrupted his performance twice, organizers allowed the show to continue for nearly 40 minutes after Houston officials declared Astroworld a mass casualty event.
Critics have also faulted the security and emergency plans put in place by Live Nation for a lack of crowd-control protocols.
Up to 5,000 Astroworld Attendees May Have Entered NRG Park Illegally
The chaos began shortly after NRG Park opened its doors to Astroworld attendees on the morning of November 5th. According to Houston Fire Department logs, excited fans attempted to break through, under, and around the gates throughout the day – some using bolt cutters. Several people caught up in the initial melees were hospitalized that afternoon, including one person treated for facial trauma.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña estimates that as many as 55,000 people may have been in attendance for Travis Scott’s opening night, including between 3,000 and 5,000 who entered the venue illegally.
“We hear that there were 34,000 tickets scanned,” he recently told KHOU-11. “We won’t know the true amount until we get a ticket manifest.”
While NRG Park can accommodate a crowd of that size, a festival seating arrangement allowed Astroworld attendees to cram into a small space in front of the stage where Scott performed. Sadly, it wasn’t long before that space transformed into a death trap.
“There is a sadness that’s looming over the city of Houston,” Peña said. “This is a tragedy of enormous proportions.”
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