Petition Calls for Dropping Travis Scott From Coachella Lineup
The recent tragic events that took place at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival on Friday, November 5, have fans circulating an online petition calling for the removal of Travis Scott from the 2022 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival lineup. The petition states: “His deliberate recklessness and disregard for safety by encouraging rowdy crowds to rage and rush the security lines is an endangerment to all attendees, and he should be held accountable for his actions.”
Jacques Bermon Webster, 30, known professionally as Travis Scott, has had a busy schedule of music festival performances in 2021 and is scheduled to headline Coachella in April. After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coachella will again take place across two consecutive weekends, April 15-17 and April 22-24. Coachella continues to grow annually and draws record numbers of fans across the two weekends with numbers exceeding 500,000 total fans annually.
The petition on Change.org started on Friday shortly, after the conclusion of Scott’s 53-minute set, calling for Paul Tollett, the co-founder of Coachella and festival promoter Goldenvoice along with parent company AEG, to remove Scott. The petition had already received nearly 5,000 signatures as of Sunday. In addition, Travis Scott and Drake as well as Live Nation are among the defendants in at least three lawsuits in the wake of the tragedy that killed eight people ranging in ages from 14 to 27 and injured hundreds of others.
An estimated 50,000 concert-goers attended the opening night of the two-day music festival that took place at NRG Field in Houston, Texas. All 100,000 tickets to the annual festival sold out within one hour when ticket went on sale in May.
“I’m absolutely devastated by what took place last night,” Scott wrote in a statement released Saturday afternoon. “My prayers go out to the families and all those impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”
Travis Scott announced on Monday, November 8, that he will not perform at Day N Vegas festival in Las Vegas this weekend, first reported by Variety. He also indicated that he will be issuing refunds to all ticket holders from Astroworld who purchased tickets for the originally scheduled two-day event. The second day of the festival was cancelled due to the tragic events of the previous night. Day N Vegas is produced by Goldenvoice, the same company that produces Coachella.