Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival: How other artists have handled overcrowding at shows

The crowd at the Friday night program in Houston was so jam-packed that when audience members were pressed towards the phase, some informed CNN that they were squashed to the point where they could not breathe and lost consciousness. Others were stomped, as calls for assistance were muffled by the music.
Concertgoers informed CNN that Scott stopped the program a minimum of 3 times to request assistance for concertgoers in the crowd, though some have actually slammed the artist and organizers for permitting it to continue. A criminal examination of the catastrophe is now in its early phases.

Scott and his partner Kylie Jenner, who remained in participation at the Houston program, have actually mentioned in different social networks posts that they are ravaged by the catastrophe.

Jenner stated both she and Scott didn’t understand what was occurring in the crowd at the time.

“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,” she composed.

Comparable scenarios have actually appeared at performances in the past — here’s how artists have actually asked crowds to remain safe.

Linkin Park

Musicians Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, who once stopped a performance when a mosh pit got out of hand, perform during The Carnivores Tour on August 15, 2014 in Camden, New Jersey.
When members of the band Linkin Park saw that numerous individuals in the mosh pit at their program had actually fallen throughout among their programs, they stopped playing, according to a video of the years-old event shared on Twitter over the weekend.

“We got to look out for safety first, for real. Nobody gets hurt. That’s number one,” stated Mike Shinoda in the video.

“We know we’ve been stressing all night about being cool, and this is the reason why,” Chester Bennington stated in the clip. “Let’s go over it one more time: When someone falls, what do you do?”

“Pick them up,” the crowd screamed back.

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who stopped a show in St. Paul in 2018 when he noticed a kid needed help, performs onstage during the taping of the "Vax Live" fundraising concert at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on May 2, 2021.
Another clip going viral in the wake of the Astroworld catastrophe is among Dave Grohl, who was seen stopping a Foo Fighters display in 2018 when he saw a kid who appeared to require a seat. It was later on exposed that the kid was blind and autistic.

“Hold on one second,” Grohl stated, stopping briefly and pointing at somebody in the crowd. “Does that kid need somewhere to sit?”

Grohl then welcomed the kid and his moms and dads to sit at the edge of the phase.


Musicians Gary Holt, Tom Araya, and Kerry King of Slayer perform on stage at Valley View Casino Center on May 10, 2018 in San Diego, California. The show was paused to clear fans from the aisles.

In 2018, metal band Slayer were opening their last trip in San Diego, California, when the show was stopped briefly due to the size of the crowd. Audience members were advised to clear the aisles for security factors.

As fans booed the directions, Tom Araya asked fans to work together.

“We live in a society of rules. But these rules are for your safety,” he informed the crowd. “They need to have cleared aisles so when something does happen, everybody has an exit, okay.”

The program ultimately continued.

ASAP Rocky

ASAP Rocky performs during 2019 Rolling Loud LA on December 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Rocky paused the show and ordered the crowd to calm down and back up when multiple people fell and were having trouble getting back up.
At a Rolling Loud efficiency in 2019, ASAP Rocky stopped an efficiency mid-set when he saw some individuals had actually fallen.

“Everybody back up, look. Watch out,” he starts. “Pick the girls up, bro. Pick the girls up!!! Pick the f***ing girls up, what’s wrong with y’all.”

The rap artist continued chewing out the crowd to “back up” and “calm down” prior to he started carrying out once again.

Playboi Carti

Playboi Carti performs on day one of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on July 29, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers paused his performance when multiple pans passed out from the crowd surges.
At Playboi Carti’s Lollapalooza set this summer season in Chicago, organizers came onstage to stop the rap artist’s efficiency, stating individuals were losing consciousness — info Carti instantly communicated to the fans, in a video published after the Astroworld event.

“They telling me it’s a lot of people passing out. They keep stopping my music because people are passing out. I care about you guys’ safety first,” he stated, as organizers continued to offer him more info. “Everybody take three steps back and we can start the music right away.”

Some social networks users drew contrasts to Carti’s set, stating that the organizers at Astroworld ought to have required a stop like they did at Lollapalooza.

At another Playboi Carti reveal over the weekend, held after the catastrophe at Astroworld, a security caution was provided to concertgoers ahead of the program, according to a video published on TikTok.

“If you guys do not follow the rules, if you guys jump over to the floor, if you guys do anything that they consider dangerous, not one, not two, but just one person messing up, this show is over,” the speaker statement stated prior to Carti’s look. “We are fighting, we are convincing them to let us do this show for you, but this show now, if it happens, it is on you. So please, let’s have a good time and be respectful.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.