What was meant to be a long-awaited celebration of music, unity, hip hop and Travis Scott, quickly turned into a story of tragedy for some after 8 people reportedly died at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas.
Astroworld in a statement said that “their hearts were with the ‘festival family’, especially those we lost and their loved ones.”
According to HypeBeast, emergency officials expressed that there was chaos in the crowds which saw 50 000 attendees. Panic allegedly broke out as fans rushed to the front of the stage. According to the BBC who cite Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña, the crush of the crowd caused mass distress. Roughly 3o0 people were left injured with cuts and bruises, 11 people were taken to hospital, dealing with cardiac arrest and in addition, 8 deaths occurred.
The Houston Chronicle express that Travis Scott, the performer fans were rushing to the front to be close to, stopped the concert multiple times upon spotting the chaos.
The rapper asked security to make sure they were okay and help them out of the crowd, Houston Chronicle reports, adding that “emergency vehicles, lights and alarms flashing, cut through the crowds several times.”