Following the tragic events at Astroworld Festival in Houston, Travis Scott has confirmed he will not perform his headlining set at Day N Vegas. Scott was scheduled to headline the new festival this Saturday, November 13. According to sources close to Scott, he is “too distraught to perform.”
Scott is also planning to provide full refunds for all attendees of Astroworld, where eight people lost their lives and hundreds more were injured last Friday, November 5. Originally the event was supposed to run that Saturday as well, but the second day was canceled.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Astroworld was declared a mass casualty event by Houston police and firefighters by 9:38PM Friday night. Yet Scott still continued with his headlining until its posted end time of 10:15PM.
Many of the injuries and fatalities were the result of a crowd surge leading up to Scott’s performance. Videos have since surfaced of crowds rushing through the gate in the early hours of the festival as well. Scott claims he had no knowledge of what was happening in the crowd until after the conclusion of his set.
One lawsuit has already been filed against Scott and Live Nation, the promoter responsible for Astroworld.
“Defendants failed to properly plan and conduct the concert in a safe manner,” the lawsuit stated.
These tragedies refocus attention on the very important conversation surrounding safety at large-scale events. Just how much can promoters and organizers do to keep attendees safe? How much responsibility falls on the attendees themselves?