Why Travis Scott paused his last concert

All eyes are on Travis Scott as he returns to performing live. Around 50,000 people flocked to the stage at Scott’s Astroworld Festival 2021, causing panic and suffocation. In a news conference the night of the incident, Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña called it a “mass casualty incident” before any deaths had even been confirmed.

The tragedy resulted in Scott facing a slew of backlash from those who felt he had encouraged the surge and should have ended the performance sooner. Disturbing videos circulated of fans desperately asking Scott and his staff to shut down the show. According to AP News, Scott interrupted the concert at least once to call for help for a spectator. However, they also noted that the event was only called off 40 minutes after members of the Houston Police Department saw fans “going to the ground.”

Since Astroworld, Scott has taken steps to rebuild his reputation and regain public trust. In March, he took to Instagram to announce Project HEAL, an initiative that partially supports event safety. His demeanor in his last appearance suggests he takes it seriously.

Travis Scott canceled his concert to protect climbing fans

Many fans thronged to see Travis Scott and Meek Mill perform at Coney Island on July 4th. Though the local group didn’t compare to the size of Astroworld, the dense pack still left some desperate for a better view of the star. According to a video obtained by TMZ, some fans climbed the light carrier to watch the rapper from a higher vantage point.

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Scott interrupted his performance of his hit song “Antidote” to point out the dangerous behavior. “We need you all down,” he calls. “Is everybody fine? Let me say ‘Damn yes!’ fetch.” He also took the time to deal with a possible crowd rush and ordered, “Everybody here, take two steps back. When the situation felt safe again, the show resumed.

In a statement to the New York Post after the concert, a rep for the artist said, “Travis is committed to doing his part to ensure the events are as safe as possible so that fans can have fun.” rejoiced in his return, others were skeptical. “Why do people still attend an event with [Travis’] name connected? Yall might as well play Freeze Tag on top [a] moving train,” wrote one Twitter user. “Why are we still letting him have shows,” said another.