At the time of publication at least 10 people have been killed and over 300 people injured at the 2021 Astroworld Festival held in the USA. There has been lots of speculation and rumours about this event and what really happened.
We want to dive into the event management process to bring about the details and give an overview based on information reported by the various news outlets and anecdotal evidence and interviews from attendees who survived this tragedy. This is not a salacious piece based on this tragedy, we hope it brings forward some lessons to cascade and disseminate across the live event industry.
In this case study we will be using reliable sources and documents that have been released. Please note, this case study is based on the information we have at the time of publishing this case study and new information will come to light that may shed more evidence on the situation already communicated.
The official event document for this case study refers to version 0.1. This is an early version of the event operations plan and it is likely that many details of this would have been changed/updated. However, this document does give us a perspective of what should have happened if a ‘Major Incident’ presented itself to the event management team in Event Control.