The recent Astroworld tragedy on Friday, November 5, 2021 highlights the need for security, crowd control, and crowd flow analysis at concerts and other large public events.
This is not the first time injury or death has occurred at a large public event. It is not the first time such incidents have led to claims for negligent security, crowd control, and crowd flow.
In fact, our Houston injury firm has recent experience handling negligent security cases against Live Nation. Learn more about our experience here.
Concertgoers and staff should not be trampled at a concert. Concerts should be reasonably safe for guests and staff.
Travis Scott: Prior Arrest and Complaints
According to reports, Travis Scott was arrested in 2015 and later pleaded guilty for reckless conduct in Chicago for inciting violence at a Lollapalooza concert by encouraging fans to breach barricades. He was arrested again in 2017 for inciting a riot in Arkansas at a concert. According to reports, Travis Scott has encouraged fans to rush the stage. Ultimately, in that case, a security guard, police officer and several other people allegedly suffered injuries.
According to Trent Clark, editor-in-chief, HipHopDX:
“Travis Scott’s whole aesthetic is about rebellion. … It’s not uncommon to see a lot of crowding and raging or complete wild behavior at a Travis Scott show.”
“SNEAKING THE WILD ONES IN”
In May 2021, in response to complaints that the Astroworld concert was quickly selling out, Travis Scott told fans that he would be “sneaking the wild ones in. !!!!!”
This tweet was deleted from Travis Scott’s account.
Let The Band Play On? Reasonable Conduct When A Crowd Goes Wild
Should Travis Scott have stopped the concert from getting out of control, like other artists have done in the past?:
here’s a clip of linkin park handling a crowd to show what travis scott could and should have done pic.twitter.com/ulU181I9Wv
— music struggles (@musicstruggles1) November 7, 2021
In this case, reports indicate this did not occur. Instead, reports indicate the Astroworld concert continued after staff had been alerted to the death of a concertgoer:
@astroverse007This is truly heartbreaking 💔 #fyp #astroworld #astroworldfest #houston #travisscott #rip #heartbreaking♬ original sound – Astroverse007
Morrow & Sheppard LLP Have Handled Cases Arising From Negligent Security at Live Nation Concerts
Our Firm recently handled a negligence, gross negligence, and premises liability case against Live Nation. This experience highlights the need to act quickly: to preserve evidence, to hold responsible parties accountable, to prevent future incidents, and to discover the truth behind what happened at Astroworld.
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If someone you know was injured or killed at the Astroworld concert put on by Live Nation and Travis Scott, please contact our experienced Houston catastrophic injury attorneys at Morrow & Sheppard LLP.
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