Congress Launches an Investigation into Live Nation about the Astroworld Disaster

todayDecember 23, 2021

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On Wednesday, the House Oversight Committee announced that it had commenced an investigation into Live Nation, the company that put up Travis Scott’s Astroworld music event that led to the deaths of 10 revelers. Members of Congress sent a letter to Live Nation CEO and President Mike Rapino, seeking information on their role in the tragedy.

Inadequate Steps to Keep Concertgoers Safe

“Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether your company took adequate steps to ensure the safety of the 50,000 concertgoers who attended Astroworld Festival,” read the letter to Rapino. “For instance, reports indicate that security and medical staff were inexperienced or ill-equipped to deal with mass injuries. Some attendees stated that the placement of barricades made it difficult to escape. Experts have stated that Astroworld Festival organizers failed to heed warning signs.”

The report continued,  “We are deeply saddened by the deaths that occurred at Astroworld Festival and are committed to investigating what went wrong to inform possible reforms that could prevent future tragedies.”

Travis Scott and Live Nation Facing More Than 300 Lawsuits

Live Nation and Travis Scott face more than 300 lawsuits over the tragedy at Houston’s NRG Park in November. Ten people died and hundreds more were injured at the music festival as the crowds surged to the stage.

Among the team heading the House Oversight Committee investigation is Rep James Comer and Rep Carolyn B. Maloney.

Live Nation to Cooperate with Congress

Live Nation confirmed that they would be cooperating with congress as its probes the tragedy

“We are assisting local authorities in their investigation and will of course share information with the Committee as well,” said the company. “Safety is core to live events and Live Nation engages in detailed security planning in coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, fire and EMT professionals. We are heartbroken by the events at Astroworld and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the victims.”

Written by: Jessica Sommerfield

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