About eight people dead and several were injured in a crush at the Astroworld music festival in the southern US state of Texas on Friday night, authorities said.
Astroworld Festival is an annual music festival run by American rapper Travis Scott, held in Houston, Texas at NRG Park, on the former site of Six Flags Astroworld.
The festival was launched in 2018, the same year that Scott released his studio album of the same name. Scott mentioned motivations of the festival as “bring back the beloved spirit and nostalgia of AstroWorld, making a childhood dream of Travis’ come true.“
The original lineup featured mostly hip-hop artists such as Young Thug, Post Malone, Metro Boomin and Scott himself. The making of the festival as well as the album of the same name were the subjects of the 2019 Netflix original film, Look Mom I Can Fly.
Houston fire chief Samuel Pena said the incident began at around 9 pm when “the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage”.
Pena said at a press conference outside NRG Park;
“That caused some panic and it started causing some injuries, people began to fall out, become unconscious and it created additional panic,
We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and scores of individuals that were injured,” he said, adding the cause of death cannot be confirmed until after medical exams are completed.
We transported 17 patients to the hospital… 11 of those that were transported were in cardiac arrest.”
Around 50,000 people were in the crowd at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, Pena added. Houston police said they were investigating the cause of the mass casualty incident and looking at video footage from the arena.
police said, adding the concert was ended after the incident occurred;
“Over the course of just a few minutes, suddenly we had several people down on the ground experience some type of cardiac arrest.”
Astroworld is a music festival created by American rapper Travis Scott and launched in 2018. The 29-year-old rapper, who has a child with Kylie Jenner, made his breakthrough in 2013 and has had six Grammy nominations.
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