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On Friday, November 5th, 2021, at the onset of the headlining performance of the Astroworld music festival: Travis Scott, there was a massive crowd surge that left at least 8 people dead and more than 20 other hospitalized. 11 of them were in cardiac arrest. 300 people were injured and treated at the field hospital onsite.
Experiencing or Witnessing Tragedies Like This Can Have Serious Immediate And Long-term Affects on people
Among the 8 people who died, there was a 14-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 21-year-olds, two 23-year olds, and a 27-year-old. Among the hundredes injured, a 10-year-old was hospitalized.
If you saw the crowd surge at Travis Scott's Astroworld performance, contact us to discuss your legal options
The first Astroworld music festival happened in 2018 to promote Travis Scott's album of the same name. Since then, his concerts have become associated with elaborate stage design and wild audience behavior:
According to the New York Post, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner reportedly voiced concerns about the crowd to Travis Scott prior to the show
At least one attendee of the event is suing Mr. Scott and the event’s promoters: Live Nation and ScoreMore, alleging that the tragedy was “predictable and preventable."
The deadly crowd surge was a direct result of the gross negligence of the promoters and persons involved with creating Astroworld . According to concert-safety consultant Paul Wertheimer, who has decades of experience in his field, “(This crowd surge) was preventable. The crowd was allowed to get too dense and was not managed properly ... The fans were the victims of an environment in which they could not control.”
Wertheimer continued: "as long as promoters, artists, security, venue, operators and city officials who approved these plans are not held criminally liable — this is going to drone on.”
This type of tragedy is far from unprecedented:
Crowd -safety measures have improved significantly since then. At Coachella, the main stage pitch is separated into grids by large, iron barriers. This prevents large crowds from getting out of control. This is the type of precaution that the organizers of Astroworld failed to implement.
Those in charge of Astroworld Festival must be held accountable for failing to protect its attendees. They could have put safety measure in place that would have reduced the risk of a devastating and deadly crowd surge.
If you or a loved one witnessed the crowd surge at Astroworld, you may be entitled to significant compensation.
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