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70 Minutes at Astroworld: The Countdown to the Catastrophe

FILE – Travis Scott watches a crowd as he performs at the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Houston.

Jamal Ellis/Houston Chronicle via AP, file

The excitement of the nearly 50,000 spectators at the sold-out Astroworld festival was evident seven hours before its opening time, when some early arrivals rushed through the entrance with such force that metal detectors were dropped as security guards and horsemen were wearing them. But the police had to fight. keep up. Although the concert ground hosted several acts, Houston-born musician Scott, who founded the festival in 2018 on the heels of his chart-topping album “Astroworld,” was undoubtedly the top draw. Some fans made a way for a stage built entirely for headliners, standing for hours under the built-up peaks of “Utopia Mountain”.

As afternoon turned into evening and the countdown clock appeared at around 8:30, the crowd grew thicker and denser, attendees said, and the first waves of motion began to rise.

With five minutes remaining and the arrival of latecomers, it got more tight.

In the last 30 seconds of the clock, the craggy peaks of the platform’s mountain turned into volcanoes, and when the moment came, the crowd chanted: “Ten, nine, eight, seven, six…”

Scott appeared. The shuffling intensified. The first tremors of fear came.

Nine people were killed and several others injured while attending Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston on November 5.

Eligio Garcia, 18, of Corpus Christi, Texas, says it was only 40 seconds into Scott’s set that he looked at his girlfriend with anxiety. He felt the heat swallowing up his body. It became difficult to breathe.


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