HOUSTON — Sunny skies and the cool Texas breeze helped refresh guests at the entrance into the inaugural Astroworld Festival. Similar to the feeling of visiting a theme park as a child with anxious anticipation.
That was the feeling clearly produced all-around as festival goers were walking up to the entrance and rushing to get inside and explore this new world, Travis Scott’s reinvented “AstroWorld.”
The native Houstonian brought out his peers of new and old rap superstars. Sharing the stage alongside Travis were hip-hop giants Rae Sremmurd, Lil Wayne, Post Malone, Young Thug, Trippie Redd, up-and-comer Sheck Wes, and Houston rap legends Bun B, Paul Wall, Maxo Kream, Lil Flip, and more.
Walking into the festival there was a sense of mystery. Guests were greeted by giant props, people dressed in full costumes walking on stilts, signs pointing to games and carnival rides and food booths. Adults alike running as if their inner-child decided to take the reigns that day.
Immediately, the agenda was clear. It was time to be a kid again but this time with no limitations.
Passionate guests walked the festival donned in Travis Scott gear, the merchandise tent was packed with people. The sold-out festival produced thousands upon thousands of guests. Any of the two stages that hosted artists were packed, and elbow to elbow.
The bass was loud enough that if you stood toward the back, the tiny hairs in your ears would stand up quickly. Even toward the back, you could hear the echoes of individuals standing next to you singing along to their favorite rappers and singing their verses in unison.
You were in another world. A world where cultures collided and were there to participate in a unique and visual experience that was about to encapsulate the night.
Hopping off the ground alongside myself were many others surfing the wave of the energy produced by the artists and fans in the audience.
This was Travis’s night but he made it our night. It was epic.
An hour before the final set of the night (for Travis), concertgoers were already lining up and packing the stage alongside where Travis was going to perform. There was a two-stage setup for his massive production.
Greeting the fans was a nostalgic look at an older Six Flags Astroworld television ad mixed with surreal visuals and a countdown timer.
Loud explosions and fire roared out of the smaller rollercoaster stage where Travis had emerged to the sounds of thousands yelling his name, hollering, and excitedly swaying back and forth.
He had landed. We were now part of his world. Scott did not hold back, he played many of his top hits including Carousel, Mamacita, Butterfly Effect, Way Back, and also his new hits off his most recently released album, AstroWorld.
While playing songs, he strapped himself in a loop rollercoaster stage prop and rapped as he went around in a circle. The sight was something you had to see for yourself. The best part? Audience members were pulled onto the stage and strapped in as he rapped and hopped around the stage. I’m sure you can imagine the excitement being on stage alongside your favorite rapper.
He brought the nostalgia that many of his young concert-goers will remember as they get older. They will remember this moment forever. For myself, the nostalgia was clear, just like visiting a theme park as a child. I silently thanked him as I sang alongside many others. The night felt like forever but a familiar forever.
What Travis Scott had done for the city of Houston by bringing this massive festival will be echoing in the thoughts of residents for years to come.
He will return to his planet, his home, Astroworld in Houston.
Thank u to all the friends and fanmily new word fanmily for coming out tonight that u for something I can always remember
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) November 18, 2018