Travis Scott has resumed promoting his upcoming album Utopia following the Astroworld tragedy.
The rapper changed his Instagram bio to once again mention Utopia. The mention was quietly removed in November following what happened at Astroworld. Travis Scott’s Twitter account still has his apology pinned at the top. Travis Scott was in full album promotion mode before the Astroworld tragedy. Before the festival, the rapper dropped “Escape Plan” and “Mafia,” two singles from the upcoming album.
Travis Scott may be gearing up his promotional tour for Utopia but says he’s also committed to future concert safety.
The rapper met with leaders from the United States Conference of Mayors to “aggressively focus on new technologies and innovations that offer ways to address these challenges.” According to the coroner’s report from victims of the Astroworld tragedy, most deaths were centered in one area of the stage with bars that prevented people from leaving once the crowd surge started.
The fallout from the tragedy has left some brands distancing themselves from the rapper. Anheuser-Busch discontinued its Cactus Jack hard seltzer released in partnership with the rapper. He was also booted from the Coachella 2022 festival, which he was due to headline. After billions of dollars in lawsuits were filed, Travis Scott gave his first public interview to Charlamagne Tha God.
Scott denied any responsibility for the deaths that occurred and said he did 100% everything he could while on stage to prevent the tragedy.
But official timeline reports of the festival that night reveal it went on for around 45 minutes after the first collapse. Several fans posted videos of themselves trying to get cameramen to shut down the concert while others were screaming for help.
In the weeks since the tragedy, Scott and Live Nation have been named as the defendant in over 200 lawsuits.
Many lawsuits cite negligence and encouragement of violence by the artist as issues concert attendees faced. All the lawsuits combined are seeking a collective sum of roughly $3 billion in damages. In his first legal response to these lawsuits, Travis Scott denied any legal responsibility.