Rapper Travis Scott has finally spoken up in the aftermath of the surge at his Astroworld concert in Houston on Friday night, which left eight people dead.
It was reported that 50,000 people attended the concert, which resulted in a surge during Scott’s performance at the festival outside NRG Park.
According to Variety, people started flocking to Scott’s stage, one of two on the stadium grounds, at least two hours before his performance was supposed to begin.
As his performance began, a countdown clock started to tick down, causing the already raucous audience to push toward the stage. When the concert started, many mosh pits erupted and people began to tumble, resulting in a “domino effect.” People started pushing their way out of the cramped section, but the whole stadium floor was packed. Furthermore, “about 250 individuals” had gathered just outside the door earlier in the evening, which might have led to congestion at the exits.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena confirmed the reports in a News conference, where stated that at about 9 p.m., the crowd started to surge forward as a result of fear and individuals fleeing for safety during Scott’s act. Scott interrupted the show multiple times at that point to urge security to assist fans, and members of the fire department were sent into the packed crowd to rescue the wounded.
Following the tragic incident, several attendees took to Twitter to share their terrifying experiences. Many others described being stuck in the large crowd and struggling for their lives to escape. Others described seeing dozens of individuals who were passed out and bleeding, as well as dead bodies on the ground.
Travis Scott, devastated by the incident finally released a statement. He prayed for the families of the individuals involved in the tragedy and extended his heartfelt sympathy. Travis Wrote;
“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night. My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at the Astroworld Festival. I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need.”
He went on to thank the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department, and NRG Park, where the event was held, for their “immediate response and support.”
The Astroworld Festival, which was planned to run for two nights with artists like Bad Bunny and Young Thug performing at the Saturday event, canceled its second night show over the casualties.
While more details are still emerging about what exactly transpired, at least eight people were killed, and dozens more injured, due to a crowd surge at the packed festival, which boasted more than 50,000 people. According to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, the age of the dead ranged from 14 to 27.