Eight people died during TRAVIS SCOTT’s Astroworld Festival in Houston on Friday night, after the crowd unexpectedly surged toward the stage. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 27.
In addition, 25 people were hospitalized with injuries, and hundreds were treated at the scene. There were about 50,000 people at the show. It was supposed to be a two-day event, but obviously, Saturday’s activities were canceled.
Authorities haven’t figured out yet what caused the stampede, but some people think it could have been DRUG SPIKING.
There are reports that some people in the crowd were injecting unexpected concertgoers with drugs, in the area where the surge first began. A security guard was even pricked in the neck and passed out, and had to be revived with Narcan.
But that probably wouldn’t explain thousands of people . . . or even TENS OF THOUSANDS of people . . . rushing forward all at once.
Travis Tweeted that he was “absolutely devastated.” And in a video on his Instagram Story he added, quote, “You know my fans, my fans really mean the world to me and I’ll always just really want to leave them with a positive experience.
“Any time I can make out anything that’s going on, I stop the show and help them get the help they need. I could just never imagine the severity of the situation.”
But there WERE people who tried to sound the alarm. Two people actually climbed a ladder to get to a cameraman, and begged him to do something. One of them was even shouting that someone was DEAD. But he didn’t listen.
(That person, a young woman, posted her story . . . and it sounds terrifying.)
Someone also posted video of Travis seeing an ambulance trying to make its way through the crowd, stopping for a few seconds, then resuming the show, and telling the crowd to, quote, “make this mother[effing] ground shake.”
There are also videos of fans chanting “Stop the show,” as well as a clip that APPEARS to show Travis actually looking down at paramedics trying to resuscitate someone, and ignoring it.
A report by the “Houston Chronicle” says that Live Nation made the call to shut down the show after multiple people collapsed, around 9:38 P.M. But Travis kept on playing, and ended his set at around 10:15.
What’s not known is if Travis was ever notified of that decision.
KYLIE JENNER was at the show, and in a message on her Instagram Story, she says she and Travis had no idea there were any fatalities until AFTER the show.
She adds that there’s no way Travis would have continued performing if he’d known.
Not surprisingly, there are already lawsuits against Travis and Live Nation . . . but one of them also names DRAKE as a defendant, because he supposedly helped incite the crowd.