Eight people died on Friday night and hundreds more were injured after more than 50,000 concertgoers compressed forward toward the stage at the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park in Houston, TX, shortly before 9:30 p.m.
As the crowd began to compress during a surprise performance by musical artist Drake, who joined festival founder, Travis Scott, on stage, a stampede formed, which resulted in the 8 fatalities, dozens being taken to area hospitals and more than 300 people being treated at the field hospital on-site. The organizers of the Astroworld Festival, Travis Scott and Live Nation, have cancelled the remainder of the festival in light of Friday’s tragic events.
A properly planned and designed festival does not allow for fatal stampede conditions on its own. The events on Friday show a clear failure to properly plan the event and adequately safeguard the concertgoers. The parties responsible for failing to protect the tens of thousands of concertgoers must be held accountable to ensure that another disaster like this never happens again.
Bob Mongeluzzi, Esq., of the law firm Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, PC, has handled multiple mass catastrophe incidents involving improper crowd control and failure to properly plan and implement safeguards at a concert or festival. Most recently, Mr. Mongeluzzi served as lead counsel in the lawsuit against Live Nation and other event organizers arising out of a crowd surge disaster at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, NJ, which left dozens injured. Mr. Mongeluzzi is standing by and available for comment as this tragic situation develops.