Travis Scott’s Tragedy


Bella Pellegrinelli and Amelie Vuik

Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival was held on November 5 in Houston. As the beat dropped leading up to his performance, so did many lives due to the pushing and shoving of the crowd. 

The Astroworld Festival is held annually and has a constant pattern – chaos. While waiting to enter the festival, many people stormed the entrance to the festival – the injuries began. 

While artists SZA and Drake performed before Scott, there was no shoving or pushing during these performances. When Scott entered the stage at 9:30, ecstatic fans rushed to the front of the pit to get closer. The force of 50,000 caused gasps for air, causing people began to suffocate and go unconscious. 

As many began to faint and suffocate, medics were being called. But this was made difficult due to people dancing on top of the medic carts that was seen as part of the show. Some even still pushed to the front of the pit, causing even more fatal injuries to those unconscious. 

In addition to the suffocation , there have been many accounts of people going around with syringes filled with fatal drugs, fentanyl, and injecting them into the arms of people protecting them, security. 

Scott is being held accountable by hundreds of concertgoers and families of the ones who died. A $750 million lawsuit is being followed against Scott, Drake, Apple Music, Live Nation Entertainment Inc, and other Astroworld defendants. The filed suits are claiming that Travis kept his concert going even when he saw what was taking place. 

Scott has offered to pay for the funerals of the 10 people that died because of his concert and refund all the tickets of the attendees. The Acosta family, the family of one of the casualties, state that they “would rather Webster (Travis)  have privately spent money on proper planning, adequate security, and medical staff before the concert, instead of publicly stating that he would pay for the funerals of those that were crushed and killed.” (NBC News) 

Toro y Moi and Roddy Ricch, who performed at the festival, have confirmed that they will be donating their artist fees to the families of those who died as a result of the crowd crush. 

The Hurricane Eye sends condolences and prayers to those who lost their children and loved ones. Their names are Franco Patino (21), John Hilgert (14), Brianna Rodriguez (16), Rudy Peña (23), Danish Baig (27), Jacob E. Jurinek (20), Axel Acosta (21), Madison Dubiski (23), Bharti Shahani (22), Ezra Blount (9). All these people had a future to look forward to that was put to an end at this tragic festival.