By: Ashlyn Steffey
Concerts, in many ways, are dangerous and put you at a high risk of injury. All concerts contain massive crowds of people. Within those people, there is jumping, rages, and a lot of suffocating. Here are a few of many concerts where deaths occur.
Recently, on November 5, 2021, Travis Scott performed at the Astroworld music festival. When Travis Scott took the stage, chaos broke out. The venue has a maximum capacity of 20,000, but 50,000 people attended this concert. The crowd, rushing to the front of the stage, led to many people suffering from Cardiac Arrest because of how tightly squeezed they were. This concert was a tragedy with 9 total casualties, and hundreds of injuries. Travis was asked to stop the show, but he did not.
Another festival, on May 30, 2000, was the Roskilde Festival located in Roskilde, Denmark, where the band Pearl Jam was performing. Just like the Travis Scott concert, the fans rushed to the stage, and those in front collapsed, and were stepped on. The band stopped their performance, but by the time they did, 9 people had suffocated and passed away.
Continuing, on May 23, 2009, there was a Mawazine Festival located in Rabat, Morocco. At this concert, stars such as Stevie Wonder, Kylie Monogue, and Ennio Morricone. When this performance ended, the singer Abdelaziz Stati was having a free performance at the Hay Nahda stadium (which was set back and moved to a smaller venue). The crowd from the Mawazine festival all stampeded over, climbing over wired fences. The fences collapsed and endangered 70,000 spectators. As a result, 11 people died.
Lastly, Ariana Grande performed at her concert in Manchester, England on May 22, 2017. An islamic extremist suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi, created and expoded a homemade bomb as fans of the concert were leaving. He was a known crime maker and warnings are attached to his name for bomb suicides after he speaks about how suicide bombs are ok to his classmates at college. It is not said exaclty why Abedi bombed this concert but it is said that he enjoys creating bombs, so he probably did it for the fun of it. 14,200 people attended this concert, and 119 were injured and 23 were dead. Many children died, many parents died and many of the families got split up due to this attack. This was the deadliest terrorist attack and first suicide bombing in the UK in 10 years.
Those are just a few, of many, concerts with casualties and injuries. From crowds stampeding the stage to random terrorist attacks, concerts consist of many dangers. Educate yourself and the safety precautions of concerts before attending, because you might not make it out in the same shape you went in!