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Travis Scott fans slam Apple over 'insensitive' Astroworld Festival tweet after tragic stampede at concert kills 8

APPLE is being slammed on Twitter for leaving up a tweet about Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival, which many are saying is 'insensitive' following the mass casualty event at the concert.

The tweet features a 30-second clip of the show, with the caption "See ya on the other side," and a link to an Apple Music page featuring music from the fest.

In the responses, Twitter users expressed outrage that the likely-prescheduled tweet is still up hours after eight deaths were reported at the festival.

'Got a feeling the social media team at Apple Music went to bed after this tweet,' said one user.

'You guys should probably delete this post,' said another.

The Sun has reached out to Apple for comment.

Along with the eight fatalities, hundreds are said to be injured following a crush at the opening night of rapper Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival.

The crowd is said to have surged towards the stage while Scott was performing at the third annual Astroworld music festival at NRG Park in Houston on Friday.

Officials in Texas said the crowd began to "compress towards the front of the stage" at around 9.15pm, sparking panic.

They transported 17 people to hospitals with 11 of them in cardiac arrest.

It is feared hundreds more are injured, including children as young as 10.

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  • H. J. Hayes

    HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE AT THE EVENT?

    A crowd of 50,000 showed up for the two-day event, which sold out within an hour of tickets going live in May this year.

  • Milica Cosic

    'People began to fallout & become unconscious'

    Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said: "At approximately 9.15pm the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage and that caused some panic and it started causing some injuries.

    "People began to fallout, become unconscious, and it created additional panic."

    Several people were treated at the scene at NRG Park, where a field hospital was set up.

  • Milica Cosic

    A tragedy

    Responding to the tragedy, Houston's mayor Sylvester Turner, tweeted today: "The city of Houston extends our condolences to the loved ones of 8 people killed and several injured at #ASTROWORLDFest.

    "Organizers held the event to bring people together for music, but it sadly ended in tragedy. Thanks to police, fire & other agencies that responded to assist."

  • Milica Cosic

    What was the festival line-up?

    Astroworld 2021 had a stacked lineup, full of the industry's top artists.

    Of course, Travis Scott was due to be headlining. There were also meant to be performances from: SZA, Chief Keef, Bad Bunny, Young Thug + YSL, Master P, Tame Impala, Baby Keem, 21 Savage, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

    Also appearing on the bill was Lil Baby, Roddy Ricch, Yves Tumor, Don Toliver, SoFaygo, Toro Y Moi, Sheck Wes, Bia, Teezo Touchdown, Metro Boomin, and Houston All Stars.

    However, the event is now cancelled following the mass casualty incident.

  • Milica Cosic

    Too early to determine what caused the crowd surge

    According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, organizers paused the concert when they realised how many people had been hurt.

    "At some point, the show was stopped when the crowd was surging," Mr Finner said.

    He added that it was too early to determine what caused the crowd surge and urged people not to speculate.

  • Milica Cosic

    Festival release statement

    In a statement the festival wrote: "Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight – especially those we lost and their loved ones.

    "We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind, the festival will no longer be held on Saturday."

    The statement continued to say: "As authorities mentioned in their press conference earlier, they are looking into the series of cardiac arrests that took place. If you have any relevant information on this, please reach out to @HoustonPolice.

    "Thank you to our partners at Houston Police Department, Fire Department, and NRG Park for their response and support."

  • Milica Cosic

    Usually a concert attended by a host of celebrities

    Astroworld is rapper Travis Scott's music festival and is being attended by a host of celebrities, including Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner.

    Tickets sold for $180 for general admission and $490 for 'stargazer' tickets. 

    The event sold out its 100,000 tickets within an hour of going on sale in May, ABC 13 reported.

    It came after the show was cancelled during the pandemic last year. 

  • Milica Cosic

    Astroworld Music Festival cancelled

    NRG Park where the Astroworld festival is held has announced that the event is cancelled.

    This is following the mass casualty incident on day one that left eight people dead and hundreds injured.

  • Milica Cosic

    Travis Scott yet to make public statement

    Travis Scott is yet to make a public statement following eight deaths at the third annual Astroworld music festival.

  • Milica Cosic

    Hotline set up for families searching for loved ones at the festival

    Houston Office of Emergency Management has set up a hotline for families searching for their loved ones who attended the Astroworld Music Festival.

    On Twitter, the office wrote: “If you have not been able to contact your loved one who attended #ASTROWORLDFest please call 832-393-2991 or 832-393-2990”.

  • Milica Cosic

    Explained: What is Astroworld?

    After releasing his third full-length album, Astroworld, in 2018, Travis Scott launched the festival the same year.

    NRG Park in Houston is where the fest is held every year, as it used to be the home of Six Flags: Astroworld, until the park shut down in 2005.

    Travis has spoken about how both the album and festival were inspired by the theme park, as he wants to "bring back the beloved spirit and nostalgia of Astroworld".

    The original lineup featured artists like Young Thug, Post Malone, Metro Boomin, and Travis Scott.

    In 2019, after a documentary entitled Look Mom I Can Fly was released on Netflix following the making of the festival and album, the lineup featured artists like Rosalia, Marilyn Manson, and Megan Thee Stallion.

    Because of the COVID-19 pandemic causing a quarantine in 2020, the festival was postponed until the following year. However, Travis did team up with Fortnite: Battle Royale to have a virtual Astroworld-themed event called Astronomical.

  • Milica Cosic

    Earlier stampede took place

    An ABC News reporter from Houston's local affiliate, Mycah Hatfield, reported on Twitter that an earlier stampede took place when doors opened at 2 p.m.

    The reporter wrote: "A stampede burst through the gates.

    "People were trampled. Some were detained."

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