Eight Fatalities at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival Concert

Eight Fatalities at Travis Scotts Astroworld Festival Concert

Fiona Caywood

On Friday, Nov. 5, a music festival in Houston containing roughly 50,000 people, was so packed that fans were crushed against each other, resulting in eight fatalities and many injuries. Twenty-five people were hospitalized, and as of Saturday, Nov. 6, only 12 people had been released. The victims of fatality were 14, 16, 21, 23 and 27. Five of the victims currently hospitalized are under 18.  

The incident started to brew before Scott had even started his performance. Fans describe the feeling of being squeezed together before the concert began and then proceeded to feel crushed and terrified as they watched people pass out and get run over once the concert began.

The crowd was squishing me so much that I felt like I couldn’t breathe,” Emily Munguia, 22, told CNN. “I started screaming for help…I felt so scared, like I was going to die.” 

Other witnesses claim that all 50,000 fans rushed to the front of the stage, trampling anyone and everyone who got in their way. One witness, Alex Guavin, 23, claims that the entire concert was a mosh pit, and there was no escape from the chaos.  

Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner plans to conduct an in-depth investigation into the events of this night. A CNN article quotes Turner as saying, “Over the next several days, several weeks, could be even longer, we’ll take an in-depth look at everything that took place, why it took place, what steps we can do moving forward to mitigate an incident of this kind from taking place.”