Nine people died and many were injured at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in November. Chaos reigned when Scott was on stage in his hometown of Houston.
In retrospect, Scott himself stated that he was utterly broken, and received heavy criticism for provoking the audience, encouraging them not to obey the guards. Several partners also breached agreements and contracts with Scott.
And in a YouTube video posted on Charlemagne tha Allah’s channel, the rapper spoke about the incident. He was asked early on when he learned that people were injured and eventually died during his concert.
– I did not know the exact details until minutes before the press conference after the ceremony. And even then you think: “Wait, what?”.
– People faint, things happen at concerts, but something like that.. It’s crazy because I’m an artist too, as soon as you hear something like that you want the show to stop, says Scott in the interview.
He denies hearing screams from the audience that should have prompted him to stop the concert. Where he stood on stage, the combination of music, band, lights, pyro and other elements made it difficult for him to get an overview. He cannot distinguish between fans at risk and fans enjoying a concert.
– You can only help as much as possible, knowing what you have been told. When they tell you to stop, you stop, Scott continues.
Watch the full interview here:
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