Travis Scott has faced the heat and countless lawsuits since the tragedy that struck at his Astroworld Festival in November 2021. The rapper hosted the festival at NRG Park in Houston, Texas and had over 50,000 fans, according to CNN. Fans were crushed and trampled for standing so close together as people rushed from back to front. The Houston Police Chief met with Scott before the show to express his safety concerns, but the meeting was brief and nothing was changed. When the chaos began, it was clear the contestants needed help, but Scott never stopped the show entirely.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Piña told CNN, “If the lights had been on – [if] the promoter or artist called for it – it would have chilled the crowd, and who knows? Who knows what the outcome would have been?” One attendee, Eric Daniels, also told the outlet, “He [rapper Travis Scott] kept playing this scary kind of music.” He continued, “It was kind of ominous because all these people were suffering, basically fighting for their lives, then the music would start again and more chaos would erupt.”
According to NBC News, 10 people died and hundreds were injured at Astroworld. After the tragedy, Scott lost endorsement deals from Nike, Epic Games and other companies via rolling out. Now the rapper is ready to perform in front of a big audience again and fans are furious.
Travis Scott’s ticket prices aren’t going down well with fans
Travis Scott is set to perform at the O2 Arena in London this August and tickets to the show are selling out in minutes, according to the Daily Mail. Despite last year’s Astroworld festival tragedy, fans are still excited to see the rapper perform this summer. Due to popular ticket demand, Scott even added a second date at the arena. After the tragedy, he kept his public appearances to a minimum. However, this is a big show in a big arena and it will be floorstanding.
Fans are beyond anger at the prices the rapper is charging for his London performances and have taken to social media to complain. One fan tweeted, “£127 for a Travis Scott stand-up ticket at the o2 is disgusting,” while another said, “people have died at his show but travis scott has the audacity to charge £120 for his show at the o2.” Others are shocked that there is such a high demand to see the rapper perform after what happened at Astroworld last year. One tweeted: “The same Travis Scott who headlined a concert where 10 people were accidentally killed? No thanks @O2.”
His two shows at the O2 will be his first major concerts since the 2021 Astroworld tragedy in Houston. Fans are hoping security is trained and ready this time.