Travis Scott recently performed in Rome at the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot-racing stadium for a Utopia launch party that was streamed worldwide. The Huston emcee even brought out Kanye West as a surprise guest.
However, unfortunately, the concert devolved into chaos as, following the event, 60 people got injured in a pepper spray incident causing 60 people to need medical attention.
The 70,000-capacity event sold out instantly, and the rowdy crowd led locals to believe there was an earthquake. According to news outlet CNN, Italy’s fire service confirmed to CNN that it received “hundreds of calls” about a potential earthquake.
“The Circus Maximus is a monument. It is not a stadium, not a concert hall. These mega rock concerts put it at risk, including the Palatine Hill nearby. Rock concerts should be held in stadiums so as not to endanger public safety.” According to the director, the Circus Maximus is better suited for operas and ballets.
The cause of the pepper spray incident was a 14-year-old who fell four meters after climbing one of the Circus Maximus’ walls in an attempt to see Scott perform for free. Following the attempt, security sprayed vast amounts of pepper spray into the crowd. As a result of this, 60 people required medical assistance.
Scott has had bad experiences concerning incidents at live performances On November 5th 2021, at NRG Park, Webster hosted his Astroworld Festival. However, the excitement and rowdiness of the attendees led to a fatal crowd crush that left ten dead, including a ten-year-old boy, and thousands injured.
Scott was initially due to perform in Egypt at the Pyramids of Giza when Utopia was first released. However, despite reassurance from Live Nation that the concert would go ahead, it was they cancelled the event due to “complex production issues.”