Astroworld Tragedy a Story of Corporate Power

Source: The American Prospect
by David Dayen

“On Sunday night, the tenth victim of the stampede at the Astroworld Festival in Houston was announced. Ezra Blount was a nine-year-old Travis Scott fan pushed off his father’s shoulders and trampled by onrushing concert-goers. He’d spent several days on life support. … it is an outcome far more frequent than anyone might expect. As the Houston Chronicle noted after the tragedy, in the past 15 years, roughly 200 audience members have died at venues in seven countries, and another 750 have been injured. The common thread in all of these incidents was a company called Live Nation, the dominant force in event promotion, artist management, and ticketing, which by virtue of its solitary position has no real need to improve its safety record, no real risk of losing business even though it can’t seem to guarantee the basic function of keeping everyone at its concerts alive.” (11/17/21)