“Sorry, we’re finishing the concert.” Death to the beat of the music
Seven a.m. The fight for the best place under the stage begins for the fans. They wait several hours in front of the gate, often without food or water. Sometimes in the heat. When the concert later starts, fatigue, dehydration and disorientation make themselves felt. Let’s add panic to that. This is probably what the day of many Astroworld festival attendees was like.
Regardless of whether the concert is soul or metal, fans are determined to get as close to the idol as possible. If it is popular, hundreds or even thousands of people can squeeze in front of the stage.
The toughest wait for the artist for hours. Often without access to water or food. In order not to lose space, they give up going to the toilet. It can be as high as 40 degrees Celsius at outdoor concerts. The concert begins, and the crowd of thousands pushes forward, the metal railing stabs in the stomach, and in the back – the elbows of the people behind. Pogo begins in the crowd, and people, so-called swimmers, fly overhead. At this point, for many people who have been waiting so much for the concert, the adventure may end. Then they will either try to get through the crowd themselves or ask security for help. Others will pass out, fall to the floor, sometimes unnoticed.
On November 5, during the concert of Travis Scott, also the organizer of Astroworld, there was a tragedy. His performance began at the NRG Park complex in Houston, Texas around 9.15pm local time. The crowd of fans began to press against the stage. After about 20 minutes, panic broke out. Ten people lost their lives. The youngest victim, Ezra Blount, was nine years old. He suffered a severe trauma to the brain and other organs, he was in a coma. He died on Monday, November 15. The second day of the festival was canceled.
The behavior of the crowd, combined with bad organization, led to many tragedies.
Worst rock and roll day
The expectations of the 1969 Altamont Speedway Free Festival in California were high. It was said he was going to be “Western Woodstock”. Altamont was also free, and the line-up suited the tastes of hippie youth at the time. The main star was The Rolling Stones, in addition to them, Santana, Jefferson Airplane and The Flying Burrito Brothers appeared on stage. The Grateful Dead were also scheduled to play, but declined to play when they realized what was happening there.
300,000 people came to the area, which was the racetrack. The location was chosen out of desperation because it was too expensive elsewhere and the police were against the organization of the event. The race track chosen at the last moment caused many logistical problems: there were no toilets, medical tents, and the stage, which was located at the bottom of the slope, was only one meter high.
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