Travis Scott 'Devastated' About Astroworld Deaths, Attendees Describe Concert as 'Hell'

Rapper Travis Scott said he is "absolutely devastated" about the chaotic events that unfolded during his show at the Astroworld music festival in Houston on Friday night, when at least eight people died and dozens more were injured as crowds pushed toward the stage.

"My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival. Houston PD has my total support as they continue to look into the tragic loss of life," Scott tweeted on Saturday.

"I am committed to working together with the Houston community to heal and support the families in need. Thank you to Houston PD, Fire Department and NRG Park for their immediate response and support. Love you all," he added.

— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 6, 2021

The "mass casualty" incident began around 9 p.m. on Friday as tens of thousands of people at Houston's NRG Park began to "compress toward the front of the stage" during Scott's performance, according to Houston Fire Chief Sam Peña.

The crowd surge caused a flurry of chaos and injuries, causing people to fall down, become unconscious and create panic, according to Peña.

At least 23 people were taken to hospitals, 11 of whom were in cardiac arrest, while more than 300 people were treated for injures at a field hospital set up nearby. Some of the victims were reportedly just 16 years old, per The New York Times.

A police and medical investigation is currently underway to determine the exact causes of death and how the disastrous surge began, according to Peña.

The festival's organizers said they are "supporting local officials however we can," and that the second day of the event has been canceled.

"Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight — especially those we lost and their loved ones," they added.

The two-day music festival kicked off on Friday, with some 50,000 people in attendance.

On Saturday, concertgoers began to recount their experiences, with some describing being trapped amid the extremely packed crowds. Others said the scene was so chaotic that their calls for help went unanswered.

"It was like hell," 17-year-old Nick Johnson told the Times. "Everybody was just in the back, trying to rush to the front."

Madeline Eskins, an ICU nurse who attended the event, told Rolling Stone: "It was insane, honestly. I knew it was just way too crowded – it just got worse and worse as I got closer to Travis Scott performing it got more crowded, more crowded, more crowded."

"Fans were recording the concert and people doing CPR," Eskins added. "Fans were yelling at the stage crew around us, saying stop the concert, people are dying. No one listened."

Eskins told the outlet that she later fainted and members of the crowd helped lift her to safety.

Other attendees wrote on social media that as the crowds began to thicken, people quickly lost the ability to breathe and there was no room for anyone to escape.

"Every gap was filled, where your feet were placed was where they stayed. Energy rose as the time neared – beginning the show. Within the first 30 seconds of the first song, people began to drown – in other people," Instagram user @seannafaith wrote.

"We began to scream to help. We could see security, just a few people away, in the walkway in the middle. It got tighter. Impossible to breath[e], as our lungs were compressed between the bodies of those surrounding us. More people began screaming for help, but we were not heard. There was nowhere to go," they added.

In some cases, concertgoers were filmed climbing onto the risers where the cameras filming Scott's set in order to plead with the crew that the concert needed to be halted.

People even rushed the camera men, and they still continued the show. #ASTROWORLDFest

— Ethan Froneberger (@LDCMOA) November 6, 2021

Emergency vehicles drove through the crowd and the frenzied atmosphere continued to grow until 9.38 p.m., according to police. Dozens of Houston Fire Department units responded and started performing CPR on those who were unconscious.

"It happened all at once," HFD Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said Friday, "it seemed like it happened over the course of just a few minutes."

Houston Police Department Chief Troy Finner said Friday there would be no conclusion about whether there was "anything criminal" behind the crush until an investigation was carried out.

"Until we determine what happened, what caused the surge, we don't know," Finner said.

Newsweek contacted the festival's organizers for additional comment but did not hear back in time for publication.

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Fans attend the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021, in Houston. Rapper Travis Scott said he is "absolutely devastated" about the chaotic events that unfolded during his show at Astroworld on Friday night, when at least eight people died. Omar Vega/Getty Images