IN YET ANOTHER sign that life is quickly returning to normal in Houston, multi-platinum hip-hop star Travis Scott announced that his Astroworld Festival, a music festival, will not only return in the fall for its third turn but will be expanded from one to two days due to "overwhelming demand," per a press statement this afternoon.
The third annual festival will take place Nov. 5 and 6 at NRG Park in Houston, Scott's hometown. The Grammy-nominated artist is said to have personally curated the lineup, which has not been disclosed. Scott himself will headline "as he prepares for the forthcoming release of his highly anticipated new album, Utopia," said the release. Tickets go on sale next week.
"With a new creative theme, 'Open Your Eyes to a Whole New Universe,' the critically acclaimed rapper turned mainstream culture phenom looks to once again curate and produce a larger-than-life multi-stage music festival experience in his hometown of Houston," according to the festival's release. "Every detail of Astroworld Festival is an extension of Scott's personal creativity and unique vision, truly making Astroworld a festival like no other."
When the festival last occurred — in 2019, before Covid — it was said to have been the largest single-day, artist-curated music fest in the country, and one of the largest such events ever in Houston. Some 50,000 people attended. Past performers at the fest have included Post Malone, Rosalia, Pharrell Williams, Da Baby, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Playboi Carti and Scott's fellow Houston-grown music superstar Megan Thee Stallion.
A portion of proceeds from the fest will benefit Scott's nonprofit, the Cactus Jack Foundation, which aims to "enrich the lives of youth by providing access to education and creative resources to ensure long-term success," according to festival organizers.
Astroworld is also the name of Scott's smash 2018 record, which was nominated for a Grammy and named one of the best albums of the year by several publications, according to online sources.