As news continues to unfold over the Travis Scott Astroworld festival disaster, questions are asked over who’s to blame for the crowd surges which has led to 8 fatalities so far.
Over 30 lawsuits have been filed against Scott, from families of victims and festival attendees – and quite rightly so, people want someone to be held accountable but, if these lawsuits are successful in that Travis Scott is held responsible and accountable for the loss of lives, what does the future hold for artists holding live events in the future?
Only over the summer Musicvein attended the Wireless Festival and experienced for myself first hand how people in the crowd would barge their way through the crowd to get to the front of the stage.
Though I was standing stage right and not within the masses at the front of the stage, it didn’t stop groups of people gathering together and literally steam-training their way through the crowd! It was not a pleasant experience at all, luckily for me I was able to get into the VIP area for a better and safer view, but had that all gone wrong, how would I be feeling writing this piece now?
If artists may potentially get sued in future for the mindless acts of festival/concert goers, will this change the way they stage performances? will there be a fear of performing live, will there be a fear of attending live music venues?
So many questions to be answered and it all rests on the outcome of the Travis Scott/Astroworld lawsuits.