Updated: Feb 24
Written by: Khalif Thompson
Today in Hip Hop News, Congress launches a full investigation into the AstroWorld concert that claimed the lives of 10 people and was hosted by Live Nation.
The House Oversight Committee aims to complete a hearing that’ll review and hone in on Live Nation’s role and planning of the November event. The committee has requested information from the entertainment company which they hope to receive by early January, and will be followed by a briefing.
According to sources, CNN reported, in a letter to Live Nation, the congress committee said the following :
“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. The panel noted reports of inadequate security and medical staff at the venue, the placement of barricades, and a failure to heed warning signs.”
According to other reports, this isn’t the first rodeo of an unsafe environment Live Nation has been held responsible for. There seems to exist a pattern of lack of supervision and disregard for attendee safety.
There has been a 2012 report of an employee dying after falling through a “false ceiling” on a stage. No safety belts nor any protection worn. A 2018 report in which a man was struck in the head by a 6-foot metal post and hospitalized.
Based on the horrific events that occurred, Travis Scott, Drake and Live Nation are currently named in multiple lawsuits of up to two billion dollars.
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