Houston – Quinton Sampson is a live music artist who is no stranger to the big stage. The Texan artist appeared in the final season of Netflix’s “Sing On” contest, winning the grand prize earlier this year.
Sampson is a growing artist who has performed internationally to crowds of up to 25,000 people. Following the murderous influx of crowds at the 3rd Annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park, Sampson believes things should change when it comes to preparing for live music events.
âThere are so many times I’ve been on stage that I couldn’t see past the first three rows of people,â Sampson said. “The lights will shine heavily on us and then the crowd will be dark.”
Sampson believes common live production mechanics such as visual effects, lights, lasers, and smoke can limit what performers can see from the stage when looking at the crowd. These are some of the elements that he believes played a role in the timeline of the Astroworld Festival tragedy.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced plans to launch a concert safety task force.
The task force will be chaired by Texas Bureau of Music Director Brendon Anthony and will consist of security experts, law enforcement officers, firefighters, state agencies, music industry executives and others.
The working group will organize several roundtables to analyze concert safety and develop ways to improve safety at live musical events in Texas.