Trivium frontman Matt Heafy talked about the tragedy at the Astroworld festival in a recent interview on WRIF’s Virtual Rock Room. During the conversation, he claimed that the front person’s responsibility is to ensure their audience’s safety.
On November 5, at least ten people died, and many more were injured due to a crowd surge during Travis Scott’s performance at the Astroworld Festival in Houston. During the incident, Scott seemed to continue performing despite the crowd’s cries for help.
In the following weeks, a great number of lawsuits have been filed against the rapper. Moreover, Scott received a huge backlash from the public and people started questioning the safety protocols and what had to be done to prevent this incident.
According to the concert safety consultant Paul Wertheimer, the disaster was preventable. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, he said that the crowd got too dense pretty quickly and no one managed them properly. Wertheimer then argued that the fans fell victims to an uncontrolled environment.
Concert safety consultant Paul Wertheimer told Los Angeles Times that:
“This was preventable. The crowd was allowed to get too dense and was not managed properly. The fans were the victims of an environment in which they could not control.”
As it seems, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy agrees. In the interview on WRIF’s Virtual Rock Room, he said that metal shows have more intensity than any other shows he has ever seen. Moreover, Heafy stated that he is proud of being able to stop such things.
Following that, the musician claimed that the safety of the people attending the show is the front person’s job. He said that it’s because the musician has the power of seeing what’s happening in the crowd up from the stage.
Matt Heafy told WRIF’s Virtual Rock Room:
“Metal shows have more intensity than anything in the world that I’ve ever seen, and I can tell what’s happening at a nighttime festival. So, I don’t know, man.
I didn’t wanna watch anything or see anything. I’ve only read accounts. But I’m proud of the fact that we’ve been able to stop things and do right by our supporters or do right by people that aren’t even our supporters yet.
It’s always the safety of the people that are coming out to the show; that is the job of the front person. You can’t put it all on security because they’re only ground level of the ground-level team. But if you can see what’s going on up here from the stage, you have a lot of power with the microphone.”
You can check out the rest of the interview below.