Travis Scott is making good on his promise to revive our beloved theme park (from album opener "Stargazing," '99 took AstroWorld, it had to relocate / Told the dogs I'd bring it back, it was a seal of faith): The Missouri City rapper, whose Astroworld release claims the Billboard 200's No. 1 spot, today announced the inaugural Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on Saturday, November 17.
Scott will headline, of course, but the rest of the lineup for the one-day extravaganza remains TBD. The new hometown festival "seeks to bring back the beloved spirit and nostalgia of AstroWorld, making a childhood dream of Travis' come true, to share with residents of Houston and travelers from across the globe the magic that was AstroWorld," according to a press release from ScoreMore Shows and Live Nation, partners in the Grammy-nominated MC's endeavor and the same team behind other festivals like JMBLYA.
It's only fitting that Astroworld Festival will debut just across the street from the real AstroWorld's former home—which, by the way, will likely become an educational space for the rodeo, contrary to what Scott told GQ last year. ("They tore down AstroWorld to build more apartment space.") Still, the fact remains that, no matter what that 100-plus-acre dirt lot becomes, it will never be AstroWorld again.
So what can fans expect from La Flame's real-life interpretation of the park? If the new album is any indicator, it will be a wild ride. For visual clues, we can look to controversial album art and Scott's surprise 26th birthday party in April, when baby mama Kylie Jenner rented out Six Flags Magic Mountain and outfitted the California park to look like the late Houston theme park. ScoreMore's press release promises "a thoughtfully-curated, multi-stage music event" that will serve as "an opportunity for fans of Travis Scott and modern music culture to experience an event curated by Travis himself."
Limited early-bird GA and VIP passes are available online now for $89 and $250, respectively, and general sale begins Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices will rise as Astroworld Fest approaches, organizers say.
The ultimate goal of the fest is similar to that of Scott's album, at least according to Scott's manager David Stromberg, who in a statement cited the artist's motive "to bring some well-deserved recognition to Travis' hometown of Houston, the place that has made him both the man and creative artist he is today. H-Town has an incredible rich cultural history, and we look forward to showcasing to residents from Travis' own backyard and across the globe what makes this city so special."