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Travis Scott pauses New York show over safety concerns

In a statement, Scott's representatives said the rapper was "committed to doing his part to ensure events are as safe as possible"

By Hollie Geraghty

Travis Scott wears a white shirt and glasses performing live at the Billboard Music Awards
Travis Scott performs live at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards (Picture: YouTube)

Travis Scott paused a show in New York on Monday night (July 4) to address safety concerns, telling a fan to climb down from a lighting rig.

In what was one of his first live performances since last year’s Astroworld tragedy, where 10 people died as a result of a crowd surge, Scott opened for Meek Mill at Coney Island Walls in Brooklyn.

As TMZ reports, some concertgoers climbed on to a lighting truss to watch Scott perform. In a TikTok video, one person can be seen hanging by their legs from the rig.

The singer stopped the show and told the fans to climb down before continuing the performance. In a statement to Pitchfork, Scott’s representatives said: “Travis is committed to doing his part to ensure events are as safe as possible so that fans can have fun, and he encouraged fans to listen to requests from security and climb down from the lighting structures so that everyone would be able to safely enjoy last night’s performance.”

Watch footage of the incident below.

The rapper has been returning to live performances in recent months, and last month announced his first UK show since the Astroworld tragedy in Houston, Texas last October.

He announced details of the show on Instagram: “Been in the studio for a while time to take it to [the] bigger speaker. See u soon, London.” Tickets go on sale this Friday (July 1) at 9am, here.

The rapper performed at the Billboard Music Awards in May, marking his first major public appearance since the tragedy in October. He is also set to headline Primavera Sound São Paulo just a year and a day after the tragedy occurred. 

He is currently facing more than 380 lawsuits that have been filed by Astroworld victims and attendees, which have been combined into one master case. Scott and the other defendants have denied the allegations against them.

Moving back into the public eye in recent months, the rapper appeared at a pre-Oscars party in March and reportedly performing at a Coachella afterparty.

In April, Scott began teasing his upcoming album ‘Utopia’ with a series of billboards that recently appeared in Indio, California.

Scott confirmed his new album would be titled ‘Utopia’ in a February 2021 interview with i-D Magazine. “I’m evolving, collaborating with new people, delivering a whole new sound, a whole new range,” he explained.