Astroworld artists Travis Scott, SZA, Roddy Rich and others spoke on Saturday about a Houston music festival in which a massive crowd killed eight concertgoers and injured at least 25.
Scott, who previously tweeted that he was “devastated” by Friday’s tragedy and pledged “full support” to law enforcement investigating the incident, reflected a further reflection on Saturday via Instagram.
“I just want to send out prayers to those who disappeared last night. In fact, we are working right now to identify their families to help them through this difficult time, ”Scott said in a series of videos posted on his Instagram story.
“My fans really mean the world to me and I always want to leave them with a positive experience. And every time I could make out something that was going on, I would stop the show and help them get the help they needed. I never could have imagined the severity of the situation. “
During a concert in Houston, Scott noticed an ambulance in the hall and said, “There is an ambulance in the crowd. Hey, stop, stop, “before telling the fans,” You all know why you came, “and resumed his set.
At one point, the star briefly paused the show and said, “Wait, wait, wait, we need help, someone passed out right here. … Security, let’s go there. But the play continued.
Concert viewers were trapped by the crowd and struggled to breathe, and several people were trampled on the festival site, according to eyewitness accounts.
Although some of the festival goers repeatedly shouted: “Stop the show!” According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, due to people in distress, the concert continued for another 40 minutes.
“We work closely with … the City of Houston, HPD, Fire Department, all [to] Help us figure this out, ”Scott continued on Saturday on Instagram.
“If you have any information, just contact the local authorities. Everyone just keeps on praying. … I never could have imagined something like this happening. I’ll do my best to keep you guys updated [and] informed about what’s going on. “
A few hours later, Kylie Jenner, a beauty mogul who is Scott’s girlfriend, posted a statement on Instagram, supporting her partner and sending prayers “to everyone who lost their lives, were injured, or suffered in any way as a result of yesterday’s events.”
Scott “cares deeply for his fans and the Houston community,” wrote Jenner, who has a 3-year-old daughter with a Sicko Mode artist and is pregnant with their second child.
“I want to make it clear that we were not aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show, and in no world could we continue filming or performing. I express my deepest condolences to all families during this difficult time. ”
On Saturday afternoon, singer-songwriter SZA tweeted that she was “speechless” after Astroworld, the deadliest American concert since the 2017 Las Vegas Country Festival mass shooting. The hitmaker “Love Galore” performed before Scott took the stage and the crowd began to shrink towards the top.
“I’m actually in shock and don’t even know what to say,” SZA tweeted. “[P]praying for everyone in Houston, especially the families of the victims. “
Another musician who opened for Scott, Compton-born rapper Ricch, promised via Instagram to donate his “net compensation” from the festival to the families affected by the incident, adding # Pray4Houston.
At a Saturday comedy show in Kentucky, comedian Katt Williams interrupted his performance for 10 minutes after someone in the crowd passed out and another person shouted, “Stop the show!” according to TMZ.
In a video filmed by the tabloid, Williams quotes “this Astroworld s …” in announcing his decision to suspend the show while medical staff are caring for an unconscious visitor.
“I’m not going to leave with this on my conscience,” Williams told the audience.
Times staff Molly Hennessy-Fisk, Javid Kalim, Matt Pierce, Craig Marks, and Jenny Jarvey contributed to this report.