Investigation Into The Astroworld Tragedy Just Got Even More Serious

Several weeks after a crowd-surging catastrophe on November 5 at the Astroworld music festival in Houston left 10 people dead and dozens more hurt, it appears that inquiries into what led to the terrible incident are not only ongoing but also accelerating. Investigations into what happened on that tragic day, jointly headed by the FBI and local Houston authorities, have already made an effort to debunk persistent suspicions about the truth of any contributing circumstances in the almost two months following the catastrophe. (Among the biggest: According to the BBC, the Astroworld security guy who passed out during the incident was beaten on the head, not drugged against his will.)

Although it could take some time before rapper Travis Scott, one of the event’s top organizers, is held legally responsible for the disaster at Astroworld, it appears that the investigation’s potential next stage could provide answers sooner rather than later. And “sooner” seems to be a reasonable assumption in light of a remark made by Congressmen in December.

Congress is opening up an investigation into Astroworld

Members of the House Oversight Committee, which includes Republican and Democratic legislators, made a statement on December 22 announcing their desire to open an inquiry into the Astroworld disaster in November, according to NBC News. Reports “[raised] severe concerns” about whether the firm took “sufficient efforts to protect the safety of the 50,000 concertgoers who attended,” according to the letter, which was delivered to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino. Live Nation was the primary producer of the music event.

The committee members were “deeply pained” by the fatalities that took place at Astroworld Festival, the statement added. It also stated that the committee members “are dedicated to studying what went wrong to inform possible reforms that might avoid future tragedies.” According to TMZ, the notice also gave Live Nation until January 7, 2022, to provide any evidence pertinent to their inquiry.

Scott hasn’t responded to the House Oversight Commission’s statement as of this writing, but according to a December 12 TMZ report, he has spoken with “figures from government and music” in an effort to create a committee that will address concert safety issues.