Concert Safety: AstroWorld

Isabella Goates, Pawprint Staff Reporter

About two weeks ago, a tragedy struck at a Travis Scott concert in NRG Park, Texas. So far, ten people have died-eight at the concert and two due to injuries of being trampled on by the mass crowd and squished against the metal gates. The youngest person to die was nine years old.

The Astroworld tragedy has brought notice to many other deadly concerts-including some in Utah. Three teenagers died at a 1991 AC/DC concert at the Salt Palace. Many more concert-goers throughout the years have died because of fire hazards, bombings, and the crush of the crowds.

“I really thought that the idea of concerts was really cool and all. I just kind of knew it would be a little dangerous, although just not to the extreme level that AstroWorld was,” said Hillcrest student Srikar Yadlapati.

Among the people who died because of AstroWorld are Axel Acosta Avila, age 21; Danish Baig, age 27; Madison Dubiski, age 23; John Hilgert, age 14; Jacob Jurinek, age 20; Franco Pation, age 21; Rodolfo Peña, age 23, Brianna Rodriguez, age 16, Bharti Shahani, age 22, and the newest victim, Ezra Blount, age 9, who died from complications of getting trampled on Sunday afternoon.

“[I feel] awful,” said Hillcrest freshmen Amruta Tadinada. “Why would they make concerts a thing when that happened?”

Travis Scott, the musician performing that night, has offered a full refund of the AstroWorld concert following the eight deaths at the AstroWorld concert. He claims to have not known what was happening during the concert.

“Partially [it was his fault], he should’ve been communicating with the people organizing the concert like ‘let’s not stuff all these people in this concert hall,'” explains Hillcrest freshmen Gabrielle Howard. Howard is attending a concert later this year, despite the tragedy of AstroWorld. “It scared me a bit, but I don’t care.” She laughed.

“[Because of the AstroWorld concert] I hate them even more,” said Hillcrest freshmen Stephanie Ruiz Nunez, expressing her opinions about concerts. “You’re around with people; they’re nasty, the smell is horrible, and no. Ew, just ew.”

The AstroWorld concert has raised many questions about concert safety and organization.

“If it happened before, it’ll happen again,” Yadlapati pointed out. “Just learn from this concert and just realize that, ‘Okay wait, maybe we need to have funnels, just like spread people out-more entrances and exits-increase the size of the halls.’ stuff like that. Maybe decrease the amount of people let in.”

“Get seats, tell people to sit down, and stop being so dang loud,” Tadinada said firmly.

“Listen to the venue people when they say that you can only fit so many people in here, so they don’t get trampled on and die. And also have more security.” Howard suggested.

No matter the rising concerns about concerts, concerts continue throughout the world, including Utah. Unfortunately, although concerts can be sources of entertainment, they can be a cause of destruction and harm.