Texas Governor Forms Task Force On Concert Safety Following Astroworld Festival Tragedy
Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced the formation of a new tsk force in Texas geared toward safety at concert venues, all in the wake of the tragedy of the Astrowolrd Festival last weekend in Houston.
It will be called the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety. The Festival in Houston lead to at least eight concertgoers dead and injured hundreds more. According to the Press Release from the Governor's Office today, the head of the task force will be Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony and will include safety experts, law enforcement, firefighters, state agencies, music industry leaders, and others. This group will be tasked to find ways to enhance security at live music events in the state and produce a report of recommendations and strategies to ensure concert safety and protect concertgoers.
"Live music is a source of joy, entertainment, and community for so many Texans — and the last thing concertgoers should have to worry about is their safety and security," said Governor Abbott. "To ensure that the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival never happens again, I am forming the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety. From crowd control strategies to security measures to addressing controlled substances, this task force will develop meaningful solutions that will keep Texans safe while maximizing the joy of live music events."
Along with those from the music industry, other representatives to be announced will come from:
- Texas Music Office
- Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas
- Sheriffs' Association of Texas
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Municipal Police Association
- Texas Police Chiefs Association
- Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
- Texas State Association of Fire Fighters