On Friday, Houston’s Astroworld festival devolved into chaos as the massive crowd surged during Travis Scott’s performance. In the crush, eight people died and over 300 people were injured. The event’s medical staff was quickly overwhelmed and the fire department had to come in and set up a field hospital.
And many critics believe that Scott allowed his performance to continue for far too long given his awareness of the ambulances in the crowd.
Now, a viral video of a young woman named Seanna Faith attempting to stop the concert by telling a cameraman that people were getting trampled is circulating, and it’s heartbreaking to watch.
Faith also posted a brutal account of the night on her Instagram and how horrifying it was to be powerless to save the people in the audience being crushed as the concert continued.
“Who I am in this story is not important, rather it is important the things I have now witnessed,” she wrote. “Astroworld, Houston, Texas. Travis Scott is the only one performing. I don’t know how many people were at the festival, but I do know every single person was at that stage.”
“There were so many people,” she continued. “Tall men, women. Women and men where the only thing they could see was the back of the person in front of them. The rush of people became tighter and tighter. Breathing became something only a few were capable of. The rest were crushed or unable to breathe in the thick, hot air. My friend began to gasp for breath, and she told me we needed to get out. We tried. There was nowhere to go. the shoving got harder and harder. If someone’s arms had been up, it was no longer a possibility to put it down.”
She alleges that people were screaming for security and being ignored.
“Hundreds of people ripped their vocal cords apart screaming for help, but we were not heard,” she said. “There was nowhere to go. My friend was trapped between people on every side of her, and she desperately tried to move towards the rail. It was no use. The screaming intensified, as more people realized they could not breathe. We begged security to help us, for the performer to see us and know something was wrong. None of that came.”
Faith claims that when she reached the cameraman and told him people were dying he ignored her and another man said he’d push her off the platform if she didn’t stop trying to end the show. Others watching her in the crowd were booing.
Faith posted other footage from the moment on her IG Stories, saying she wished she could go back because she would have smashed the camera to pieces.
There has been a lot of conversation about how much responsibility Scott should have in all this, with some pointing out that he has a habit of encouraging wild behavior at his shows.
There is also some extremely disturbing footage of what appears to be a dead person being surfed over the crow right under Scott’s platform here.