Day N Vegas Festival Promoters announced on monday that Post Malone will replace Travis Scott as one of the headliners this weekend in Las Vegas after a spike in the crowd that killed eight people at Scott’s Astroworld in Houston.
Scott’s departure comes as investigators seek answers after a wave of people rushed to the stage during Scott’s speech on Friday. Questions surrounding the event’s security plan and implementation have already sparked a wave of lawsuits against Scott and the promoters of Live Nation Entertainment and ScoreMore Shows.
While 30-year-old Scott’s shows have long earned a reputation for encouraging an unstable audience, the Astroworld tragedy has once again focused attention on public safety measures at festivals and how they failed in Houston. Eight deaths occurred as fans in the crowd pleaded with Scott’s team to stop performing, and medical staff among 50,000 attendees were injured.
Concert security consultant Paul Wertheimer told The Times that Astroworld’s security plans “do not mention front-stage audience management. It’s not even addressed. There is also no moshing, crowd surfing or stage diving. Also, the terms “crowd”, “crowd”, “crowd” or “panic” are not found anywhere.
Day N Vegas promoter Goldenvoice, which is also organizing the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which Scott will continue to sample in April, said Monday: “The safety of everyone at Day N Vegas has been and always will be a top priority in planning our festival. We continue to work hand in hand with law enforcement, medical personnel and public safety agencies on our protocol over the weekend. ”
Scott said after the disaster that he was “absolutely devastated by what happened,” and said he would work “with the Houston community to heal and support families in need.”
A fan-organized petition to remove Scott from Coachella had garnered nearly 18,000 signatures by Tuesday morning.
Malone’s own brand Posty Fest, originally scheduled for a Halloween weekend in Arlington, Texas, has been canceled and rescheduled until 2022.