Travis Scott had a major hand in at least 8 people dying during his live show at Astroworld 2021, argues Sara Boboltz of The Huffington Post. His history of inciting crowds to be rowdier and engage in dangerous behavior has landed him in legal trouble before. Scott has previously encouraged fans to cross security barriers and even jump from a balcony, causing grave injury to at least one person. It is not so surprising that another tragedy happened during one of his concerts. His incitement has proven to be dangerous to his crowds. The rapper should have done more to protect them at Astroworld.
The tragedy of 8 people dying during a Travis Scott show should be viewed in the grander context of concert security, suggests Michael Hardy of Texas Monthly. Crucial is that US crowd safety has profound problems, especially compared to Europe, where festival organizers are much quicker to react to medical situations. There is a clear plan for interrupting European concerts when things get too dangerous. While Scott could have helped more, it should not be up to artists to identify and respond to crowd emergencies. The US needs to put guardrails in place that prevent these tragedies from happening ever again.