PHOTOS: Inside Travis Scott’s ‘chaotic’ Astroworld Festival

A crowd of an estimated 50,000 people flocked to NRG Park; At least 8 are dead after a crowd surge happened on the event’s ‘chaotic’ first night

Thousands of fans flocked to NRG Park Friday for rapper Travis Scott’s third-annual Astroworld Festival.

The crowds of an estimated 50,000 people, captured here by KPRC 2 and event photographers, were taken prior to the fatality event on Friday night.

Houston Fire Department Chief Sam Pena called the event “chaotic.”

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Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (2021 Invision)
Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (2021 Invision)
Travis Scott performs at Day 1 of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP) (2021 Invision)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: American rapper Lil Baby perform on stage during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: SZA performs on stage during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: American rapper Lil Baby perform on stage during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Fans poses for picture during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Fans poses for picture during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Fans poses for picture during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
Thousands of fans flock to NRG Park for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (KPRC 2)
Thousands of fans flock to NRG Park for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (KPRC 2)
Thousands of fans flock to NRG Park for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (KPRC 2)
Thousands of fans flocked to NRG Park Friday for Rapper Travis Scott’s third-annual Astroworld Festival.
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Fans attend the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Fans attend the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Fans poses for picture during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: American rapper Master P performs on stage during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Jay Vazquez, 21, from Houston shows his tatoo "Cactus Jack" during the Astroworld Fest 2021 at NRG Park on November 5, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Omar Vega/FilmMagic) (2021 Omar Vega)
Thousands of fans flock to NRG Park for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (KPRC 2)
Thousands of fans flock to NRG Park for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (KPRC 2)
Thousands of fans flock to NRG Park for Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival (KPRC 2)

About the Authors:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team as a community associate producer in 2019. During her time in H-Town, she's covered everything from fancy Houston homes to tropical storms. Previously, she worked at Austin Monthly Magazine and KAGS TV, where she earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow award for her work as a digital producer.

Amanda Cochran is an Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. She specializes in Texas features, consumer and business news and local crime coverage.