Travis Scott cancels his Say N Vegas Festival in the wake of the deaths of four concert-goers in a stampede at Astroworld.
The rapper has shared with Variety that he will not be performing at the festival after the tragic incident that took place at the Astroworld festival at NRG Park, Houston. The concert was scheduled for November 13, Saturday, just less than a week from his first concert. Unfortunately, the festival led to a wild stampede that resulted in the death of eight attendees. The victims range from age 14 to 27.
Speaking about the unfortunate event, the rapper shared that he is "too distraught to play" at the Day N Vegas Festival. Also, he has revealed that he will refund all the tickets of people who bought them for the Astroworld festival.
The event started like any other concert of a famous singer, choke-full to its extreme capacity. Unfortunately, things turned dire as an uproar during the concert caused the cardiac arrest of several of the attendees of the festival. A stampede soon took place during which an attendee stabbed a cop with a hypodermic needle. Thus, total chaos ensued as hundreds of the revelers in the party from the 50,000 attendees were injured in the resulting disorder.
The Houston Chronicle reported the unfortunate event as being a 'mass casualty as put in by the police and firefighters that had reported to the place in the wake of the turmoil. The event had started plunging into the tragedy around 9:38 p.m. Scott had already been entertaining for around 32 minutes when the gathered public started upheaving the festival. The police report also states that the promoters of the event started to find a way to draw the festival close shortly when the first reports of the turmoil resurgence started pouring in, but Scott went on to perform till the scheduled time which ended at 10:15 p.m.
While several people have raised objections to Scott carrying on the performance amidst the stampede tragedy, and yet, the Houston Police Chief has agreed to the fact that a sudden halting of the show would have led to greater displeasure in the crowd. Hence, the swell of the partygoers' riot could have been way worse than the tragedy on the day. However, the Police Chief also noted that the concert was sufficiently manned by officers adept at handling a crowd of 50,000 people and yet the riot went out of hand.
The concert also had a special performance by Drake, who was supposed to come on stage after the performance of Travis Scott was done. The festival was also live broadcast to a global audience through Apple Music. The show would have been carried on to the next day for the second night of the festival but the tragedy cut short the Saturday festival. The reports of the casualties were enough to halt all the immediate processions of a second festival.
The festival was then also to be extended to the Day N Vegas, where the general-admission festival would take place. But after the tragedy of the Astroworld Festival, Travis Scott disclosed that the concert would be canceled. The show would have featured Travis Scott in the center stage that was named Frank Stage for the festival, and his performance was to carry on for an hour from 10:45 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. The Saturday night performance would also have featured musical numbers by Lil Baby and Doja Cat.
The Astroworld Festival also saw a performance by Roddy Ricch, who was later on preceded on the stage by Travis Scott. The singer has now declared that his earnings from the night of the concert will be given to the families of the victims of the concert. Ricch is also slated to perform center stage at Day N Vegas on Friday along with the rapper Kendrick Lamar. The Sunday following the event will see a performance by Tyler the Creator.
Now that Travis Scott has said that he will not be performing during the festival, it is yet unclear whether the empty spot will be filled by another rapper or singer. The festival promoter for the event, AEG, the corporate parent of Goldenvoice has yet to declare who will get to perform during the slot or if the festival itself is to be postponed.
Drake himself opened about the tragic event that took the lives of eight people attending the festival. Drake talked about the unfortunate event through his social handle as he spoke about the "devastating tragedy" and said that his "heart is broken." He said, "I've spent the past few days trying to wrap my head around this devastating tragedy… My heart is broken for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and for anyone suffering."
Drake was also joined by a Kardashian, as she shared her condolences for the horrendous event and went to say that she and Travis are "broken and devastated." Kylie Jenner, long-term partner of Travis Scott shares a daughter, Stormi, aged 3, with the rapper and is currently pregnant with his second child. The Keeping Up With The Kardashian's star was also at the Astroworld concert along with her daughter, Stormi, to show support to the rapper.
The Kardashian-Jenner beauty mogul opened about the saddening turmoil as she wrote, "Travis and I are broken and devastated. My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost their lives, were injured, or affected in any way by yesterday's events. And also for Travis, who I know cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community."
Many headlines have already pointed at the reality star for not interfering while several people were getting injured due to the stampede, and others were made victims of cardiac arrests, and that she partied just some distance away. But to her defense, the billionaire said that she was not aware that such an incident was taking place just a few hundred meters away from her or that people were losing their lives.
Jenner said, "I want to make it clear we weren’t aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing." "I am sending my deepest condolences to all the families during this difficult time and will be praying for the healing of everyone who has been impacted," she added.