Concert Controversy

Bell Piccirillo

Mosh pit: an area in front of a stage where very physical and rough dancing typically takes place at a concert. The definition itself strikes anxiety into the hearts of parents everywhere, but at the Travis Scott Astroworld 2021 concert in Houston, Texas, the fears of many became a reality.  The festival, originally planned to last two days, was cut short after multiple reports of injury, trampling and even death.  

  According to CNN, at least eight attendees were proclaimed dead shortly after the concert due to trampling within mosh pits and anonymous injections of methamphetamine. The victims ranged from ages nine to 27 with the youngest being nine year old victim Ezra Blount passing away days after the show. Forbes magazine highlights lawsuits seeking $750 million, claiming that the officials at the concert did not “even make a minimal effort” to help the injured and sick. The festival held 50,000 people and sold out the first day the tickets were released. The small amount of space and crowded amount of people allowed for little to no visibility from the stage resulting in lack of assistance from officials. 

“Personally, I think [Travis] definitely should have stopped the show because he heard everyone saying ‘stop the show’,” junior Mitchell Rodio said. “I think he was partly responsible.”

Rumors swirling around social media from attendees of “Astroworld” suspect a demonic background surrounding the festival. With the opening gate shaped like the Hieronymous Bosch depiction of the Christian Hell, the stage an upturned cross, and an unsuspected amount of deaths, some believe that the festival was meant to be of satanic practice. 

“I don’t say I would believe those demonic allegations, but I would say that they were interesting to read [about] people trying to analyze and see what was going on at that Travis Scott concert,” junior Andrew Marsh said. “I really just think it was a horrible tragedy [what] happened to those poor fans.”