The music industry has entered a state of instant shock as we mourn the passing of 8 avid concertgoers of Travis Scott’s annual festival, Astroworld.
Amongst a live gig stricken with grief, panic and turmoil, the international rapper has come under fire again for his controversial antagonising of the crowd to “start riots” and surge in waves – which was the unfortunate after-effects of what occurred on the 5th of November.
“It ain’t a mosh pit if there no injuries / I got ’em stage divin’ out the nosebleeds” – STARGAZING, Astroworld, 2018
With lyrics like these imprinted in the very songs included in Astroworld song list, Travis’s active curation for the “rage” atmosphere is undeniably too far merely for a live music concert. It is interesting to note that the “nosebleeds” he refers to here considered to be the most elevated seats in a stadium, which are called “the nose bleed sections.” His fans jump from “the nosebleeds” and injure themselves, causing literal nose bleeds. And we ask ourselves, how do these things happen?
Since the travesty that night, both Travis Scott and Drake have been sued over the deadly US festival crush, simply for being irresponsible and merely ignoring the rampant cries of the crowd urging him to stop the performance.
“Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner.”
But, among many others, this is not the first time such an incident has occurred when it comes to Travis Scott and his live gigs. Where warning signs were ignored from previous accidents – including a paralyzed fan urged to jump from a balcony – many questions are being directed to those event organisers that let this happen again.
When the promo video from previous years is used to hype chaos itself, is it any wonder these things occur so predominantly among his fans?
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