Disastro World

Travis Scott’s amazing AstroWorld Festival turns into a complete disaster

Travis Scott’s cover for his ASTROWORLD album cover. The album has multiple amazing song hits such as SICKOMODE, YOSEMITE, 5% TINT, and more !

David LaChapelle

Travis Scott’s cover for his ASTROWORLD album cover. The album has multiple amazing song hits such as SICKOMODE, YOSEMITE, 5% TINT, and more !

Makenzie Carpenter-Sais, Copy Editor

Going to see your favorite artist in concert is a dream come true but what happens when it twists into a complete disaster. The rush of excitement, the goosebumps, the thrill, all boils down on a Friday night. But when you come to realize that all the people around you are in danger that feeling will vanish. 

Travis Scott’s infamous AstroWorld Music Festival took place in Houston, Texas on November 5 and 6, 2021. Travis Scott took the stage Friday night; the sold-out crowd was filled with excitement and thrill once Travis Scott began his first song. People pushing towards the front of the stage. The rush of people became tighter and tighter, the chaotic gradually swallowing everyone in the crowd toward the front of the stage. The breathing became uneasy, and the crowd was crushed and unable to breathe in the hot thick air. One after another getting sucked down to the ground.

One person fell. Then another fell. Some people collapsed. Others fought for air. Seventeen people were rushed to the hospital three songs in. Eight people were confirmed dead by the end of the night, mostly children. Injuries and breathing issues occurred tremendously throughout the night. 

By Saturday, many people were at a loss of words to explain the night’s outcome. The event appeared to be one of the deadliest crowd-control disasters in the United States. Many people have changed their point of view about Travis Scott and his music because of this occurring event. 

This has effects that reach far past Texas. Multiple students at FHS go to concerts all the time. It only takes the right artist and amount of people for one of them to be in the next AstroWorld disaster. The vibrant warm Red Rocks is one of Colorado’s best stages for concerts but it only takes a few certain people to change your fun thrilling night into a dangerous disaster. 

Multiple concerts in the United States have people being crushed, fainting, and low on oxygen. But maintain safety because of the artists staff and security system guiding and helping the fans if needed. Not only do concerts have crowd disasters: theaters, sports games, shopping; it’s always good to be aware of your surroundings. You never know when the next crowd disaster can occur. Crowd disasters take place all the time but with a good control system, you still can have fun and be safe. 

But just because disasters like this happen doesn’t mean you should be timid or limit yourself from going out and having a good time at a concert. Just be aware of your safety, there are multiple ways of going out and having a good time while maintaining a safe zone. 

Some safety tips before attending:

  • Wear a good pair of shoes so you don’t slip–you can stay on your feet and if needed the stability to be on your feet if there is a need to exit quickly.
  • If you are wearing pants, keep your items like your phone, money, and other essentials you might need in the pocket of your pants so you don’t have to worry about losing or getting your items stolen.
  • Eat properly and stay hydrated.
  • While at the event, visualize an escape plan in case of an emergency.
  • Stay on the outer part of the large crowds. Avoid the mosh pit.
  • If you have dropped something be careful and avoid going down to look for it you could possibly get stuck under the crowd.
  • If you find yourself squishing/being pushed towards the middle of the crowd, conserve your energy, conserve your oxygen and if you fall to the ground make sure to protect your heart and lungs by going on your left side and using your arms to protect your head.

Remember to always trust your instincts, if you feel the crowd is starting to push and you’re uncomfortable, be sure to leave before it gets under control and be in charge of your safety. Always know you can still have fun while maintaining safe.