Astroworld Tragedy


Alina Lalta, News Editor

     Chaos ensued in early November as well known rapper Travis Scott hosted his Astroworld festival in Houston. 25 people were reported to be transported to the hospital, and eight people were confirmed dead after the weekend of the concert. The 25 injured ranged anywhere from 14 years old to 27 years old. Around 50,000 people were at the event, making the NRG Park venue completely sold out. 

     “Once (Scott) started, all hell broke loose,” a concert goer said once the concert commenced. Many people explained that when they arrived at the venue they were tightly packed together, and when the concert started everyone felt crushed. Many people claimed everywhere they turned there was mosh pit after mosh pit, crushing people even more. More than 300 people were treated at the field hospital set up at the venue. 

     Madeline Eskins was at the Astroworld festival, had passed out, and was crowd surfed to the edges of the venue to safety. Eskins posted on her Instagram her account of the concert and what she experienced. After she was crowd surfed out of the crowd, she said that she woke up with no clue as to what happened. “When I stood up I looked around and people were getting carried out with eyes rolled back into their heads by security, bleeding from their nose and mouth,” wrote Madeline on her post. 

     Many people including Eskins claimed other people had asked lighting crew and others working with the venue to stop the show, but were dismissed. Many medical staff were underprepared and overwhelmed, saying they only had one AED and had other concert goers performing CPR when no one else could. 

     Many turned their eyes to Travis Scott after the concert, looking for an apology. He posted an apology video on Instagram claiming he was “completely devastated,” although many who attended the event say he seems very insincere. Many concert goers expressed the same feelings, especially when Travis Scott announced that he had gone to Dave and Busters after his tragic performance.