Astroworld has come a long way since its 2018 inception in celebration of Travis Scott’s Grammy-nominated studio album of the same name. Over the course of this week, some of the biggest names in rap have descended upon Houston for a week of music, nostalgia and charity. In anticipation of the two-day festival's kickoff, I want to share what I'm looking forward to the most.
Months before any hints about the lineup were confirmed, the nearly $400 festival passes sold out within minutes. Thankfully, fans are sure to get their money’s worth.
However, this year’s lineup had one huge hole: Out of the 20+ acts, only two are women—Bia, who just concluded a tour with Cactus Jack artist Don Toliver, and SZA, who performed at the festival in 2019. (She brought Scott out at her show last night in Houston to perform their 2017 single “Love Galore.”) For a festival rising in profile and taste, I definitely would have expected at least a handful of womxn artists to be included. Flo Milli? Ken the Man? Rico Nasty?! Did Thee Stallion’s re-invite get lost in a spam folder? Maybe next year. Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to performances by Master P, Toro Y Moi, Earth, Wind & Fire, Yves Tumor and, of course, La Flame himself.
The exclusive keepsakes may be the most precious part of the entire experience. I remember being so jealous of fans who managed to score merch from the previous festivals and Astroworld tour. But, I'm mentally prepared to weather the long lines and secure my size in whatever hoodie, crewneck, or long sleeve tee is being offered. And to top it off, the Screwed Up Records & Tapes shop will have a vendor booth for a special shopping experience. Nothing screams nostalgia like a cassette tape or CD. Also, Scott is the king of personalized branding so it's to be expected that the festival has a very vivid graphic identity. I'm excited to see all the Astroworld themed signage, staff uniforms and more. It's all in the details.
The amusement park
What better use of an old amusement park site than to temporarily fill it with rides and games? I can't wait to roam the festival grounds in between performances, get some cotton candy and hop on a ride or two. I'm sure there will be lots to explore.
Be sure to check out our Astroworld survival guide and stay tuned for our daily recaps. Until then, the countdown begins. See you in the field!