Astroworld Fest survivor recalls tragedy

HOUSTON — Coleton Kriegel was in midst of the chaos at the 3rd yearly Astroworld Music Pageant past weekend. The 18-calendar year-aged recalled the moment the crowd surge around him turned lethal, leaving 8 individuals dead and several wounded.

“There had been individuals foaming at the mouth simply because of medicines employed in the mosh pit, and there had been other individuals having trampled on,” recalled Kriegel. “Men and women had been trying to make individuals again up but it was difficult because of how limited it was. It was certainly a frightening working experience.”

Kriegel is a tunes lover and energetic concertgoer who was enthusiastic to attend his to start with Astro Fest, the supreme songs practical experience he explained as really tame until eventually his beloved artist, Travis Scott, took the stage.

Memorial exterior of NRG Park.

“People started out freaking out, gasping for air since people could not breathe. You could experience the anxiety in the air,” said Kriegel.

The bought-out competition experienced 50,000 persons in attendance at NRG Park. Houston officers say the venue had clinical groups at the web page but they were being promptly overcome.

Kriegel’s mom Julie Ludeke says she had a lousy feeling about the festival because of to the large crowd.

“I was scared. I had essentially informed my partner just before he still left I realized some thing lousy was heading to take place at this detail. These massive functions like this, there’s just bought to be a much better way to do it. It just has to be a better way,” said Ludeke.

Kriegel thinks accountability is the vital to keeping away from long run incidents this kind of as what occurred at Astroworld Fest 2021.

“If absolutely everyone is individually accountable then the entire collective is accountable, and safety desires to move it up and benefit people’s life and people’s basic safety around every little thing else,” reported Kriegel

Donnie Houston, a songs producer.

Donnie Houston of the Donnie Houston Podcast is active in the Texas songs scene. Houston is a producer and DJ for mainstream artists these kinds of as Paul Wall and Bun B. He suggests that Astroworld isn’t the initially pageant to deal with a tragedy and however, it won’t be the past.

“It’s going to consider all people. A lot more security of study course, but a lot more importantly than that, these kids have to comprehend how immediately these matters can get out of hand,“ stated Houston.