Astroworld is a music festival hosted by rapper Travis Scott, who is also the artist of the song the festival is named after. The festival is held in Houston, Texas every year since 2018, but was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Apparently, the show is a little cursed because this year tragedy struck again when something happened, and the crowd began to surge forward towards the stage around 9 pm on Friday night.
This surge caused mass panic, which led to people beginning to run from the festival.
It is unclear why the crowd began to surge forward while Travis Scott was on stage, but they did, and this crushed some of the people who were at the front.
Some people tripped and fell while trying to move out of the way, and others were crushed by the stampede and became unconscious.
This caused more panic than before, causing the crowd to move even faster and push further forward.
Fans in the crowd tried to climb onto the light booth to tell someone that there was an issue, but they were brushed off, even as you can hear the woman screaming that there has been a death. The man operating the camera doesn’t seem to realize what is going on.
Travis Scott continued to perform, until about 15 minutes later when the ambulances began to arrive.
As first responders came to the scene, they were startled by what they encountered. Over 300 people had to be treated on the scene for injuries related to the crowd surge.
Eleven concertgoers were treated for cardiac arrest, while twenty-three in total were transported to a local hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, eight of those people didn’t make it and were later pronounced dead.
There are some rumors that people were injected with drugs in what may be a spiking incident at the concert. The Houston Police did not mention this at the official interview, but an inside source says this is one of the things being investigated in connection with the crowd surge.
One concertgoer recounts his horrifying experience at the Astroworld concert when he found himself crushed in the crowd.
He discusses how Travis Scott kept performing, even as the unconscious, and possibly dead, bodies of concertgoers began to pile up in the VIP section of the concert and people were shouting for help.
The cause of death for the 8 people is still being investigated, and their identities have not yet been released. The Houston PD mentioned they were still working to notify the families of the deceased before they could name any names.
In response to the devastation, Travis Scott canceled what remained of Astroworld both on Friday night, and the entire concert for Saturday. He tweeted the following:
This incident is absolutely devastating and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the deceased.