A man who says he was at the Travis Scott show at the Astroworld Festival on Friday told the Houston City Council that cell service didn’t work during the event.
The man appeared during the public comments period Tuesday afternoon in front of the city council members and Mayor Sylvester Turner. He said he couldn’t text his friends who were standing just feet away from him because the cell service was so bad.
He also said he was surprised, since so many tech companies were at the festival to showcase their new and innovative products.
He said he had worked festivals in the past and had “never seen that much unpreparedness.” He told council members he feels like things “could have been prevented if the right measures had been taken.”
Some background: The Friday night crowd at the sold-out Astroworld Festival was so tightly packed that when audience members were pushed toward the stage, some told CNN, they were crushed to the point that they couldn't breathe and passed out.
Concertgoers described the event as traumatizing, with many witnesses saying they saw lifeless bodies being trampled amid the chaos. Those who survived had to fight their way out of the crowd as the music continued.
You can read more about the event here.