Travis Scott faces new claims of negligence over stampede at 2019 Rolling Loud festival

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By | Published on Tuesday 24 May 2022

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A rep for Travis Scott has hit out at allegations made against the rapper in a new legal filing in relation to a stampede that occurred at the 2019 edition of the Rolling Loud festival in Miami. That rep insists that the allegations are a “blatant, cynical attempt to attack Travis” as he faces legal action in relation to the fatal crowd surge at last year’s Astroworld event. Not only that, they add, but the new claims totally misrepresent what happened at Rolling Loud in 2019.

Marchelle Love first sued various companies involved in the Rolling Loud festival back in 2020. She claimed that she suffered severe injuries as a result of a stampede that occurred during Scott’s set at the festival in May 2019, which – she alleged – was the result of negligence on the part of the event’s organisers and the companies involved in planning and delivering its security.

A revised version of that lawsuit filed with the courts earlier this month makes a number of specific allegations against Scott himself.

Those new allegations come as the rapper fights hundreds of lawsuits in relation to the 2021 edition of the Houston festival he founded, Astroworld. Ten people died and hundreds more were injured as a result of a crowd surge that occurred during his headline set at that event.

The Astroworld tragedy put Scott’s live shows very much in the spotlight, with allegations that the rapper had a long history of encouraging his fans to behave in a reckless and dangerous way during his concerts, resulting in fans getting injured and various previous legal woes for Scott himself.

In her sixth amended complaint in relation to Rolling Loud 2019, Love focuses in some detail on Scott’s alleged role in causing the stampede in which she was injured.

“Shortly after Travis Scott’s performance commenced, police officers rushed to the backstage area to request that Travis Scott stop his performance due to the crowd becoming dangerous and uncontrollable”, the new filing claims. “The intervention by local police resulted in Travis Scott being required to stop his performance due to the crowd becoming uncontrollable”.

But, she then alleges, when Scott’s set resumed, he “continued to verbally and physically incite the crowd to engage in a mosh pit and other hazardous activities”, despite “his being ordered by the authorities to cease his continued incitement of the crowd”.

“As a direct and proximate result”, the legal filing continues, “the crowd once again broke into a panic and multiple stampedes broke through the 2019 Rolling Loud Festival during Travis Scott’s performance. Despite the fact that Travis Scott was aware of and could clearly see concertgoers being injured, suffocating, losing consciousness, fighting, and being trampled, he continued his performance while authorities were forced to attempt to render aid to these injured concertgoers”.

“At all times material it was foreseeable that Travis Scott’s refusal to comply with the directives of law enforcement and continued incitement of the crowd would result in foreseeable injury to concertgoers including the plaintiff”, it adds, “and further constituted a breach of his duty to refrain from conduct which would incite the crowd to violence, panic, and to otherwise refrain from behaving in a manner in which would create an unreasonable risk of foreseeable injury”.

The lawsuit also notes that there had been crowd control issues at earlier points during the festival, in particular on the day before Scott’s performance when false rumours to the effect that there was an active shooter on site caused panic among the audience.

In Love’s lawsuit, she argues that this should have made Scott extra cautious about encouraging his fans to act in a reckless way. Although in their response, Scott’s reps counter that it was similar false rumours spreading around the festival site – rather than anything happening on stage during the rapper’s headline set – that caused the unrest in which Love was injured.

Responding to the latest version of Love’s lawsuit, Scott’s rep told TMZ: “This is another blatant, cynical attempt to attack Travis, in this instance for a three year old incident that is deliberately misrepresented”.

“As even the complaint makes clear, this incident was related to a false report of a shooting mid-show, completely unrelated to Travis’s performance. The video shows police were informing Travis that the show was stopped for that reason – because of the false report – and he fully cooperated”.

“This cheap opportunism is based on a blatant lie that’s easy to detect”, the rep added. “And it is particularly telling that this plaintiff’s lawyer didn’t even assert a claim against Travis when he originally filed the complaint on behalf of his client more than two years ago or in four prior versions of that complaint”.



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Brian Higgins signs to Dopamine

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Brian Higgins signs to Peermusic

Peermusic has signed songwriter and producer Brian Higgins – best known as part of pop making powerhouse Xenomania – to a global publishing deal, covering his future works.

“I’m delighted to be back working with Brian again”, says Peermusic UK’s Head Of A&R Mike Sault. He signed Higgins to Warner Chappell back in 1997, you see.

“Having someone as influential, innovative and prolific as Brian joining us at Peermusic is a complete honour. He’s the epitome of what a great songwriter should be, and without doubt one of the best writers/producers of his generation, behind some of the greatest moments in UK pop over the last 20 years or so. Most importantly the new music is incredible, and so here’s to the next chapter which we’re super excited for”.

Higgins himself says: “I’m incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to work with Nigel [Elderton, UK MD], Mike and the rest of the wonderful Peermusic team. As I continue moving forward with new projects it’s important that I have a collaborative and supportive team at my side, and I know this new partnership with Peermusic will be just that”.

The full list of artists Higgins has worked with is far too long to include here, but includes Cher, Kylie Minogue, The Sugababes, Girls Aloud, The Saturdays, Bananarama, Pet Shop Boys, Saint Etienne and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

His latest effort – and the first song released under his Peermusic deal – is ‘Delete It’ by Dopamine:

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Bullet For My Valentine Have Announced The Dates Of A UK Headline Tour Taking Place Next Year

And they are bringing along quite the supporting cast.

Bullet For My Valentine have revealed that they are hitting the road in 2023 for a tour of the UK. 

And they are bringing along a brutal set of supports. 

First up will be the legendary Atreyu:

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Then the brilliant Jinjer:

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And then a whole load of this loveliness:

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Here are the all important dates:

FEBRUARY 2023

27 – CAMBRIDGE  Corn Exchange
28 – BRISTOL Academy

MARCH 2023

01 – LIVERPOOL Mountford Hall
03 – NEWCASTLE City Hall
04 – GLASGOW Barrowland
06 – LEEDS Academy
07 – BIRMINGHAM Academy
08 – SOUTHAMPTON Guildhall
10 – SWANSEA Arena
11 – LONDON Roundhouse

The band are going to be releasing a deluxe edition of their recent album ‘Bullet For My Valentine’ on July 08 via Spinefarm/Search And Destroy.

Here’s new track ‘Omen’:

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WATCH: Turnstile’s Perfect Performance Of ‘BLACKOUT’ On The Tonight Show

MORE LATE NIGHT TURNSTILE.

Turnstile have once again brought hardcore punk to late-night television, this time on Jimmy Fallon.

The band took to the stage at The Tonight Show and performed ‘BLACKOUT’, a perfect track that embodies the past, present and future of what they are all about. 

From Brendan’s trademark dance moves to the tribal drums to the riff that makes you want to incite chaos, it is absolutely perfect. 

And it cannot be understated how important and incredible it is to see Turnstile being so unashamedly them on the biggest stage of them all. 

Here it is for you:

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And if that wasn’t enough, their interview with the legendary Nardwuar is also live now as well. 

And even, better they both gift each other the exact same thing. 

Have a watch below, it will make you smile:

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Singled Out: Joe Bouchard’s My Way is the Highway


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Blue Oyster Cult legend Joe Bouchard is gearing up to release his new album, “American Rocker”, on June 3rd, and to celebrate we asked him to tell us about the single “My Way is the Highway”. Here is the story:

“My Way is the Highway” was a song that developed out of my fascination with the TV series “Route 66” that aired from 1960 to 1964. I loved the idea of a couple of young guys taking off in a sports car with no real plan. The main characters would take odd jobs across the country, and usually end up helping someone out of a tough jam. That show certainly drew me in as a young teenager. The plots were somewhat predictable but I love the locations not just on Route 66 but all over the country.

The music came out a guitar riff that I called 59 Corvette. It sat around unfinished for a couple of years, but when I was developing songs for my latest solo album, American Rocker, that riff came back to me. I quickly developed the music and lyrics happened almost simultaneously. I shifted the theme that was more of my life during the 70s and how I was were constantly touring with Blue Oyster Cult all over the United States and particularly the west coast of the America.

I love the big chorus. It is one of the more commercial songs I’ve written. Fans love it and I’m happy with the feel and rocking energy level of the music.”

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself below and learn more about the album here

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