Travis Scott’s 2015 Lollapalooza Loads Show History of Concert Chaos – NBC Chicago
Travis Scott’s energetic performances are known to be chaotic and fun shows with spectators encouraged to participate in a raucous nature involving mosh pits, crowd surfing, and stage diving. But after a “mass incident” at his music festival in Houston, the Grammy-nominated rapper’s story resurfaces, including accusations stemming from an incident at Chicago’s Lollapalooza.
Scott was sentenced to one year of judicial supervision after pleading guilty to reckless driving charges stemming from a 2015 Chicago incident at the Lollapalooza music festival.
At the time, Chicago officials said Scott encouraged fans to go through security barricades. However, no one was injured.
Two years later, he was charged with inciting a riot at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion in Rodgers, Arkansas, after urging members of the crowd to rush onto the stage. Several people were injured, including a security guard and a police officer. Scott pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay court costs and restitution to two injured people.
Weeks later, a 23-year-old fan was partially paralyzed after he was allegedly pushed from a third-floor balcony during a performance of Scott in New York City. A lawsuit filed by the fan blaming Scott for his injuries is still pending in court.
“Travis Scott is legendary in the hip-hop community for his beyond high energy performances where he really tries to piss off the crowd,” said Noah Shachtman, editor of Rolling Stone. “It makes for some really funny shows and does some scary incidents.”
But with Scott already having trouble for the previous two shows, Shachtman believes the rapper will get a “hard second look.”
Tragically, the rapper’s energetic spectacle turned deadly this time after at least eight people – between the ages of 14 and 27 – were killed in a crowd surge at his music festival in Houston on Friday night. A large group of the 50,000 in attendance marched to the stage at NRG Park as a timer clicked to start the performance before the chaotic scene began to ignite.
People in the crowd reported a lot of jostling during the performances leading up to Scott’s set – which is to be expected during his shows. He often encouraged fans to bypass security and rush the scene, but none of these previous situations resulted in fatalities.
“The whole aesthetic of Travis Scott revolves around rebellion,” said Trent Clark, editor-in-chief of HipHopDX, who attended several of his performances. “The shows have a lot of rage. With the death of punk rock, hip-hop has indeed adopted and shaped the new generation of mosh pits. It’s not uncommon to see a lot of crowds and rage or completely wild behavior at a Travis Scott show. ”
Scott is an eight-time Grammy nominated rapper who is music’s tallest young star. The Houston-born musician founded his festival in 2018 on the heels of his chart-topping album “Astroworld”, which was led by the contagious song “Sicko Mode”. He also has a 3-year-old daughter with Kylie Jenner, who announced in September that she was pregnant with their second child.
In a tweet posted on Saturday, Scott said he was “absolutely devastated by what happened last night”. He is committed to working “with the Houston community to heal and support families in need.”
No matter where the investigation leads, tragedies like that of the Astroworld festival have been happening for a long time. In 1979, 11 people died in a race to enter a The Who concert in Cincinnati, Ohio. At a football stadium in England, a human crash in 1989 left nearly 100 people dead. In 2015, a collision of two crowds during the hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia left more than 2,400 people dead, according to an Associated Press tally of media reports and comments from authorities.
Shachtman has said he hopes the tragedy will help change Scott’s approach to his show. He loves the rapper’s performances but wants a safer atmosphere where people can still have fun – especially for those who want to have fun at live shows during the pandemic.
“I would expect these to be increased measures to make sure viewers can have a good time, but do so without getting killed,” said Shachtman, who grew up with punk rock music. hardcore new yorker. He said he was no stranger to mosh pits, but added that “there is a big difference between a mosh pit, even a giant, and a life threatening situation.”
Scott was headlining the Day N Vegas Festival next weekend. But any performance involving Scott could come under scrutiny for crowd control measures and other safety concerns.
A petition has since surfaced calling for Scott’s removal from the lineup of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which the rapper is expected to make headlines in April. The petition received hundreds of signatures Sunday afternoon following the influx of crowds in Houston.
“Concert promoters pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the security of private and public (events),” Shachtman said. “It has to be deployed properly. Or, we’ll see another such incident.
Several people were killed and dozens more were injured at rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston at NRG Park