Astroworld Security Guard Says He Was Hired "On The Spot" With No Concert Experience

A security guard at Astroworld says he was hired without having ever been to a concert before.

BYCole Blake
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Jackson Bush, a security guard who was hired to work at Travis Scott's 2021 Astroworld Festival, says he was given the job "on the spot” with minimal prior experience and having never been to a concert before. Eight people ended up dying and hundreds more were injured at the event following a crowd surge during Scott's performance.

“I don’t believe I was prepared,” Bush said. “I believe if we were all prepared the right way, that stuff would not have happened the way it did. Honestly, even with the amount of people that passed and went unconscious … the amount of injuries could have been avoided.”

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Bush worked the event alongside his uncle, who claims his hand was broken during the crowd surge. Bush also says he was traumatized by the experience. 

Bush says he was informed that he'd be paid $17 per hour through Cash App for his work at the event, but has yet to receive the money. He allegedly didn't have to provide an I.D. nor go through a background check to land the job.

Numerous lawsuits have been filed accusing Scott and other organizers of the festival of negligence. San Antonio attorney Thomas J. Henry recently said he expects his clients to receive billions in damages.


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Cole Blake is currently an Editor at HotNewHipHop based out of Brooklyn, New York. He began working at the site as an intern back in 2018 while studying journalism at St. John’s University. In the time since, he’s graduated with a bachelor's degree and written extensively about a wide range of topics including pop culture, film & television, politics, video games, sports, and much more. He’s also covered music festivals such as Gov. Ball and Rolling Loud. You can find him publishing work for HNHH from Monday to Wednesday or on weekends. On the sports front, Cole’s a passionate NBA and NFL fan with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Lakers. He also roots for the Yankees whenever he finds himself at Yankee Stadium or the Red Storm when in the company of other SJU alumni. His favorite hip-hop artists are billy woods, Earl Sweatshirt, Cam’ron, MIKE, and Mach-Hommy.