Emergency officials said that panic broke out as fans rushed to the front of the stage, leaving around 30 people injured with cuts and bruises. 11 people were taken to the hospital and are in cardiac arrest and eight deaths. The concert, which was attended by 50,000 people was meant to occur on November 5 – 6.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Travis Scott stopped multiple times during his 75-minute set to make sure that fans in distress at the front of the stage were able to get help. He asked security to help them out in the crowd continuously. The concert later came to a stop when the organizers realized that many people were getting hurt and casualties were counted.
It is unclear what the cause of deaths are at this time. The two-day festival was expected to feature artists such as Tame Impala, SZA and Earth, Wind & Fire. The second day of the festival has now been cancelled.
— NRG Park (@nrgpark) November 6, 2021
The event started around 2 p.m. with fans storming the entrance gates, bypassing metal detectors and security. Some were detained by security and mounted HPD officers, but no serious injuries were reported. It was similar to the start of the 2019 event.
Scott, a Houston native, is known for high-octane performances and aggressive audiences that he refers to as “ragers.” Rapper Drake, who calls Houston a second home, made a surprise appearance during Scott’s set, further amping up the excitement.
Around 9 p.m., the crowd for Scott’s 75-minute closing performance began pushing toward the stage, according to Peña, causing panic and injuries. Scott stopped multiple times as he spotted fans in distress and asked security to help them out of the crowd. Emergency vehicles, lights and sirens flashing, cut through the crowd several times.
The mayhem escalated until 9:38 p.m., when the “mass-casualty incident” was triggered. About 55 Houston Fire Department units respond and started performing CPR on the unconscious. Videos taken at NRG Park began to surface on social media overnight, showing the melee.