The US House Oversight and Reform Committee has begun investigating Live Nation’s role in the Astroworld disaster, which left ten fans dead last month.
It will examine how they planned the festival and the logistics put in place by the organisers. Furthermore, the investigation will also analyse how well they dealt with the crowd-control problems after it became clear that chaos had ensued. It will be headed up by a four-person committee which includes Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney.
The Congressional committee addressed their intentions in a letter to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino. They wrote, “Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether your company took adequate steps to ensure the safety of the 50,000 concertgoers who attended Astroworld Festival.”
A representative from Live Nation has since told The Washington Post they will help with the investigation. In a statement, they said, “Safety is core to live events and Live Nation engages in detailed security planning in coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, fire and EMT professionals.
“We are heartbroken by the events at Astroworld and our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of the victims.”
Last week, it was confirmed that the deaths from the festival would be classified as accidental and caused by compression asphyxia.
More as this story continues to develop.