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Scott performed in Houston, Texas in front of his hometown crowd.

After nearly 40 minutes of Houston firefighters and police responding to Travis Scott’s “mass casualty” event on Friday at Astroworld, Scott continued his performance.

The concert had quickly become one of America’s most deadly in US history, by the time he left it. Eighteen people were killed and many more were hurt.

One fan was captured chanting, “Stop the Show!” and asking for help from staff. One fan even got on a platform with a camera to show the wounded.

Scott finished his set 15 to 20 mins ahead of schedule. However, there are still questions about the reason it took so long to finish.

“Ninety-three, that’s right. “That’s when quite a few people went down,” Troy Finner (Chief of Houston Police) said in a press conference.

“Our staff stepped in and said to producers, “Hey, let’s get people down.” The show was over at 10:10pm. “I just wanted to say thank you.”

Scott, who is one the greatest names in Rap music, started the 2018 event. In an Instagram video, he stated that he didn’t know how terrible things had been during the headline set for this year.

He said, “Anytime I was able to make out any of the happenings, I stopped the program and helped the people get the help that they needed.” “I couldn’t imagine the gravity of this situation.”

On video footage of the concert, you can see him interrupting his performance in order to help a spectator who was unconscious.

In another video however, you can hear him saying: “Who asked to stop?” You all know exactly what you came here to do. Let’s chase each other.

This rapper is famous for his crazy shows. He has also been accused of inciting criminal behavior in the past.

He was arrested in 2015 for disorderly conduct, after encouraging Chicago fans to rush onto the stage and ignore security.

He saw a man hanging from the second-storey balcony of a concert venue two years later and attempted to convince them to get up. After being pulled off the third floor balcony, a fan aged 27 was also paralysed.

On the Astroworld barrier in 2019, there were hundreds of people who rushed it. Three individuals received minor injuries and had to be taken to hospital. Although the tweet was deleted later, police stated that they were understaffed at the Astroworld event and that promoters didn’t plan adequately for large crowds.

Prior to this year’s events, concerns over crowd safety were raised. Multiple areas were addressed in the New York Times’ security plan.

According to the document, “Based upon the site’s layout, numerous past experiences and key concerns, there is the potential for multiple drunk/drug-related incidents, evacuation needs and the ever-present risk of mass casualty situations are identified as key concern.”

Prior to Scott taking the stage, local news organizations filmed Fans bursting through the gatesBypassing security checkpoints.

According to the New York Times, the police chief of the city visited the star’s dressing room in order to express concerns over the energy among the crowd.

This tragedy could have happened in many ways.

Investigators will look at a number of factors, says Simon Ancliffe, founder of Movement Strategies, which advises major UK events like Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and the 2012 Olympics on crowd safety.

“Have they managed numbers?” Is there any barriers and are they properly designed? Did security personnel do what was expected? Do they possess good situational awareness and were they able to react quickly? They had CCTV

They did appear to have to use some sort of process to end the show. But it appeared to stop and restart – as was. [the situation]It was about communication, or about decision making?

According to him, tragedies are often caused by a combination of many small errors that lead eventually to disaster. It sounds as though a lot went wrong in this instance.

Keith Still is a Professor of Crowd Science at the University of Sussex.

“You must anticipate that this performer, in such an environment, will incite this kind of behavior in the crowd. You put in crowd management and monitoring systems to ensure that you are aware of it.

Ancliffe asserts that it is not always the fault of the teams present on the ground.

The security personnel at the barrier can view what is immediately in front them but they cannot see it. [only]He says that there are only a handful of people in this room. This is why frontline employees need backup, such as CCTV and a better view of the crowd.

Eric Stuart is the chair of UK Crowd Management Association.

There will always be someone screaming, because they have fun. It’s a skill that can be called art. This is the ability to look at people’s faces, listen to their screams, and then say “That’s different.” The world has changed.

Many in the audience don’t realize they are facing a serious life-threatening problem until it is too late.

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Ancliffe states that when you’re in crowds, it’s hard to see beyond a handful of people and the music can make it difficult for you to hear what’s happening. The crowd can transmit bad information.

People who push forward without looking ahead will not see the opportunities that lie before them. If you fall, it is very hard to get back up, especially if there are people around you. If people are willing to assist you, they may be able to push you over.

It’s the job of the staff to spot problems and notify the performers, so they can stop the show or calm down the situation.

Ancliffe says that in this instance, security was notified by the audience and they were asking for changes.

So what was situational awareness? Was there any decision making involved? Although there may have been other factors, these are likely to be the ones that caused the disaster.

Experts also suggest that Scott’s choice to perform on an entirely separate stage and no other acts at the same moment could have contributed to the current situation.

It is against crowd management’s common practice, “spreading” the field. This involves organising multiple competing headsliners and staggered stage times in order to regulate the flow.

Scott’s set came just 45 minutes after SZA ended Astroworld’s day’s closing set. After a long lunchtime, fans gathered at the barrier of the $5m “Utopia Mountain”, arena. Then they were greeted by an infusion of revellers.

Variety magazine was told by an unnamed source that the crux of this problem occurred when the clock approached zero.

According to one teenage fan, she found herself in serious trouble almost as soon as she entered high school.

Diana Amira, NBC News, said that Travis Scott’s performance made me realize this was the moment I had been preparing for. “I just needed to breath,” she explained. But… My ribcage was too tight that it made it impossible for me to expand my lungs enough to take a deep breath.

It is rare for crowd deaths to occur at music events.

Eric Stuart, BBC Radio 5 Live says that “the first thing we should say is that it will not reach the stage if there’s an experienced crowd on-site.”

“If all else fails, there are a few people that have the’red cards’. This is essentially a signal to the stage manager to end the music and stop.

Then, we must engage the artist to allow him/her to talk to the audience. We don’t want the guy in high-vis or the cop walking on the stage talking to the crowd. Artists are the best people to do this.

This seems to have occurred during Friday’s concert. Investigators need to know why the music played on Friday after receiving the first call.

Scott made a video statement in which he stated that he would work closely with all parties to resolve the issue and that if necessary, he will be honest about his feelings of being devastated.

Steve Adelman was vice president of the Event Safety Alliance and leads counsel. He urged against attributing blame.

He told Rolling Stone magazine that there is an instinct to jump to judgement before knowing the truth.

Ancliffe hopes that the inquiry will motivate promoters to either “tighten up or discontinue their existing procedures.” [concert] designs”.

Professor Still says, however, that if there is a near miss, or close call, experts will investigate it and create new procedures to stop this from happening again.

Unfortunately, the event industry is dominated by litigation. It’s usually settled outside of court. As an expert witness in several international cases, this is something I can confirm.

“The court papers are sealed and the industry never receives the information back. There’s no learning or improvement.

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Source: BBC.com

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