Trivium’s Matt Heafy believes more could have been done to prevent the Astroworld tragedy

Trivium’s Matt Heafy believes more could have been done to prevent the Astroworld tragedy

TRIVIUM frontman Matt Heafy believes that more could have been done to prevent the latter Astroverden concert tragedy.

Ten people, including a 9-year-old and two teenagers, died, while many more were injured after a crowd during Travis Scott‘s performance at the Houston Music Festival. The rapper has since been criticized for appearing to keep the show going despite pleas for help from the audience. Although he paused a few times, many say that this answer was not enough. In the weeks since the incident happened, dozens of lawsuits have been filed and a number of questions remain unanswered about what went wrong.

Heavy dealt with the deadly event in a recent interview with Melting down of Detroit’s WRIF radio station. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I’ve seen some conversations about, ‘When it’s a festival, you can not say [from the stage what’s going on in the crowd]. ‘ My thing is, the vantage point from [stage] at a festival one can see pretty much every single thing that happens [in the crowd].

“You have to do what you have to do, man. If I ever see a pocket of people looking down, just assume the worst. If someone faints, stop before people trample that person.

“I can not comment on what happened at [Astroworld], but reading stories, reading the fact that this was going on for a long time with people being … I do not know if they knew they were dead, or that they at least knew they were hurt. But if you see something going on, just stop – do not walk away from the stage, “he continued.” You have so much control.

“I remember seeing accounts like, ‘Hey, if they would have stopped, it could have gotten worse.’ But what I would have done … If you see it happen, you stop. You say into the microphone. : “Let’s fix this. Everyone, clear a hole. I am still here. I’m not stopping the show. But let’s find out. Let’s save our people here. Let’s save our friends and make sure everyone’s safe first. ‘ Because safety is first and foremost. These are the people who allow us to do what we do, allow us to stay alive, allow us to pay our bills, keep our families going.

“Metal shows have more intensity than anything else in the world I’ve ever seen, and I can tell what’s going on at a nightly festival,” Heavy added. “So, I do not know, man. I did not want to see or see anything – I have only read stories – but I am proud of the fact that we have been able to stop things and do it right by our supporters or do justice to people who are not even our supporters yet.It’s always the safety of the people who come out to the show; it’s the front person’s job.You can not put it all on safety because they are only on the ground of The team on the ground, but if you can see what’s going on up here [from the stage]”You have a lot of power with the microphone.”

Crowd safety experts have said a “whole bunch of bugs” led to the devastating events at Astroverden and that the blame cannot be laid alone Travis Scott.

“There are a whole lot of mistakes that can be involved,” Professor Keith Still, an expert in crowd science from the University of Suffolk, told Newsweek. “More often than not, the people who check the plans [for large-scale festivals and concerts], the licensors may not have the knowledge to assess the risks. “

Concert Security Consultant Paul Wertheimer told the Los Angeles Times about Astroverden tragedy: “This could be prevented. The audience was allowed to stay too close and was not controlled properly. The fans were victims of an environment where they could not control.

“It does not matter how many police officers and security guards there were if they were not in the right place and they were not trained in crowd management,” Wertheimer added. “None of these people were in the crowd. There were not enough of them near the front barriers.”

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