The deaths of fans at a Travis Scott festival has shocked the world, but it’s not the first time the rapper has been criticised over his rowdy shows.
When news broke that eight people were killed in a stampede at the Travis Scott festival Astroworld in Houston, Texas on Friday night, the world was shocked.
However it’s not the first time tragedy has struck at a Scott festival, with the rapper, whose real name is Jacques Webster, having been arrested at least twice over claims he encouraged fans to storm security barriers.
The artist is well-known for his rowdy concerts, and is even reported as having said in a since-deleted tweet “we will still be sneaking the wild ones in” when tickets to Astroworld sold out.
Scott even likened his live performances to professional wrestling when speaking with GQ back in 2015: “I always want to make it feel like it’s the WWF or some s**t. You know, raging and having fun and expressing good feelings is something I plan on doing and spreading across the globe.”
“We don’t like people who just stand,” he added.
“This is a no-stand zone.”
For one fan, their life was changed forever during a show in New York City in 2017. Kyle Green, 23, said he was pushed from a third-storey balcony after Scott had allegedly encouraged fans on the second-storey balcony to jump down into the crowd.
“Don’t be scared,” Scott can allegedly be heard telling his fans in a video from the New York Times. “They’re going to catch you.”
Scott then allegedly made things even worse by telling fans to drag a badly injured Green to the stage so he could place a ring on his finger as a “consolation prize”.
“I fell and hit the floor,” Green told the NY Post. “Before I knew it, I was surrounded by security guards, who scooped me up.
“Travis Scott was yelling at his security guards to bring me to the stage.
“ … I was in a lot of pain. I just laid there, and finally, an ambulance came.’’
Green was left partially paralysed and needing a wheelchair after the incident, suffering fractured vertebrae, a broken left wrist and fractured right ankle. He sued the rapper, along with his manager, concert promoter and security company, alleging they engaged in “recklessness”.
His lawsuit claims the venue and security guards should have known that the rapper “had incited mayhem and chaos at prior events.”
The case in ongoing.
Just weeks before Green was injured, the rapper had been arrested after being accused of inciting a riot during a show at the Walmart Arkansas Music Pavillion in 2017, where he encouraged people to ignore security protocols and join him on stage.
Several people were injured, including a security guard, ABC7 reported.
He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after striking a deal with prosecutors, reportedly in exchange for them dropping more serious charges.
And back in 2015, Scott had been charged with disorderly conduct during his Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. He allegedly encouraged fans to jump barriers and rush onto the stage during the packed show, defying festival security measures.
“Middle finger up to security right now!” Scott allegedly shouted into the microphone, according to a report by Rolling Stone.
Scott pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to one year of probation, the Associated Press reported at the time.
#TravisScott has had a series of incidents at previous shows that have resulted in “riots” and injuries. Lollapalooza 2015, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.
In the video he says ‘middle fingers up,” which is directed to the security trying to descale the situation. pic.twitter.com/LSyyiweeBv