There are plenty of heartbreaking videos of the chaotic scene, but I’m not going to post those here so you can search for those yourself if you want to see them.
In the wake of the tragedy, Travis Tritt is just one of many who have taken to social media to express his condolences for the victims, some as young as 14 years old.
The tragic events that occurred at the #ASTROWORLDFest are truly horrific. My deepest condolences go out to all the families who lost loved ones. Concerts are supposed to be safe and fun. This was neither.
But he also had some harsh words for the concert industry, accusing them of not being as concerned about safety as they claimed to be when they initiated their vaccine and masking requirements due to COVID.
After seeing the tragic events at #ASTROWORLDFest, it appears that some big concert promoters are clearly not as concerned with “public safety” as they claimed when they initiated their vaccine, masks and testing policies in October. Bigger threats than a virus are in play here.
Tritt also adds that “bigger threats than a virus are in play here.”
Tritt has, of course, been highly critical of venues and promoters that are requiring proof of vaccination of their attendees, and announced last month that he wouldn’t be playing at any venue that had a vaccine or mask requirement.
The Astroworld Festival was promoted by Live Nation, which earlier in the year announced that attendees at all events taking place at Live Nation-owned venues and festivals would be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
But Astroworld had security problems from the start, with fans overrunning security to get into the show.
As we were arriving to the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park right at 2:00, a stampede burst through the gates. Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were detained.