Travis Scott brought the second edition of Astroworld (the Scoremore powered music festival named after the late amusement park) to his hometown of Houston, Texas on November 9. Over 50,000 people filled NRG Park throughout the course of one music and activity filled-day of stars and surprises. Organizers and performers kept the lineup under tight wraps until 24 hours before the festival, but once released it was clear Scott and the Scoremore team had snapped with a lineup topping even last year’s stacked roster, bringing fifteen acts together across two stages, the larger featuring a long extended platform for performers to get deep into the crowd. As with last year, Astroworld went beyond the music to create an immersive playground for attendees, complete with carnival rides and games, interactive art exhibits, and new this year – a post-apocalyptic aesthetic tying that seemed all too fitting for the crowd of ragers that came out for the experience. Dive into MUD’s FRAMES recap of Astroworld 2019 below:
Producer Tay Keith kicked off the day followed by back-to-back sets from rising, well-known hip hop talent Don Toliver, Pop Smoke, Shek Wes, and Young Dolph. The returning lineup of Houston All Stars, this year including Bun B, Trae the Truth Paul Wall, Lil Keke, and youngest legend Maxo Kream, took the day to new energy as Houston natives went bar for bar on classics from the roster’s collective catalog. DaBaby was next to rally the growing crowd, removing racks of chains and jumping into the front rows of ragers, after which Megan Thee Stallion, in striking single braid and leopard leotard fit, slid into an absent Gucci Mane’s slot, bringing her “hotties” up on stage with her as she performed a slew of hits including “Freak Nasty” and “Cocky” for her hometown crowd. Playboi Carti, in a Beat It-esque fit of red leather jacket and similar black pants, conducted a sea of thrashing bodies to “Love Hurts.” Young Thug crooned into the darkness of the evening, setting up Migos and their round of hits from both their Culture I & II albums and prior work, all of which they dedicated to long-time fans.
Marilyn Manson, the hard rock godtrix who’s hardcore presence is less odd than one would think if you’ve been to previous Playboi Carti’s or Travis Scott shows, marked a welcome and defined turn for the weird and unexpected in the evening. Living legend Pharrell went smoothly through a medley of his (and The Neptunes’) undeniably iconic body of work, paired with a troup of dancers and a demand for twenty crowd surfers before playing “Lemon”, the lead single from N.E.R.D’s latest album. At the close, the audience burst into a spontaneous chant of “Happy! Happy!”, to which a sincerely confused Pharrell repeated back “Happy??” before bursting into the song without hesitation, thanking the crowd and describing it as a “Beautiful and weird thing” to happen before departing. From there the second festival genre-bender, Spanish artist Rosalía, lit up the stage with more dancers and vibrant colors for an extended set leading into Travis himself. Introduced by legendary comedian Dave Chappelle, and joined by a Yeezy Crocs adorned Kanye West, as well as Young Thug and Gunna, Travis Scott delivered fans a truly legendary performance. Astrowold 2019 not only achieved escape velocity for the second year event, but continued to elevate in terms of its lineup ambitions and execution of an immersive and thematic space. We’re excited to see the unexpected offerings that Travis and the Scoremore team will put together for this festival — now the largest artist-run festival in the country — next year and for years to come.