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Travis Scott knows how to put on a festival.
His second annual Astroworld Festival is a plan that others must follow. Perfect time of year. A diverse, fresh line. A smart blend of local nostalgia and contemporary culture.
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festival and it makes people wonder. The band, a diverse mix of genres, dropped shortly before noon Friday and included shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Pharrell Williams and the rap team of the Houston All Stars. That meant it was at the top of social media trends by Saturday's lead.
It was great to see how two women, local breakthrough Megan Tay Stallion and Spanish singer Rosalia, break down testosterone – even if both are relegated to the smaller second stage. Last year, the inaugural fest was for all men.
Tickets were on sale in September but more were released on Friday. More than 50,000 people were expected to attend Saturday at NRG Park, across the street from the old Astroworld site.
Scott often mentions the iconic amusement park that entertains locals by train, a water park and an outdoor concert venue. He was named after the festival, album and tour after him and used old footage from Astroworld as a promotional tool.
Astroworld opened on June 1, 1968 and closed on October 30, 2005. Built by Scott's love of the park, Mayor Sylvester Turner has vowed to return it. He tweeted last month to expect a release before the end of the year.
Scott's extravagance has been a solid substitute until then. In addition to music, the event included carnival walks and games throughout the day. Some opted for a fun house complete with mirrors and mazes. Others gathered at the old-school arcade, which boasted a skate ball, air hockey and a faucet.
A large silver skull resembling Scott welcomed fans as they entered the gates. He replaced Scott's golden head last year. The food and ride lines were growing fast. Several young men strolled around with numerous Astroworld merch bags, including hoods and pants.
This year's edition was much more crowded much earlier. Some fans even dressed up on Friday nights to be the first inside. The excited crowd initially crowded the staff, making their way through the gates and rushing to the entrance. Three people suffered leg injuries during the stamping and were transported to Herman Memorial Hospital, according to the Houston Fire Department.
Houston police said Saturday that they are "working together to support the largest music festival in Houston" and are "working closely with the festival to ensure the public safety of everyone attending the event. "
Fans raced between stages throughout the day to catch Migos, Farre Williams, Young Thug and Shek Wes, who closed their full set, telling fans to" keep to their dreams. "Each act was given 30 minutes except for Scott, whose completion set was 75 minutes.
Even before "Hotton Hotty" took the stage, the crowd was warming up with the chants of "Megan! Megan! "This is no surprise. Megan Tay Stallion is one of the biggest new stars of the year, and her hit phrase for Hot Girl Summer has become a national obsession. A short time later, she was given a brief moment when Gucci Manet mysteriously quit the band.
Megan stormed onto the stage in leopard bodysuits and braids along her knees. She packed her set with a lot, from dancers to crowd participation. She brought several people on stage to join the twerk-fest.
She was here last month for a flagship show at the Revention Music Center, but that performance felt more zealous and more aggressive. She has strong energy when raping, leading the crowd through several songs, including "Realer", "Simon Says" and "Hot Girl Summer." Next year,
The Stallion deserves a night slot on the main stage.  The Houston All Stars had a large mid-afternoon crowd that threw H and included Slim Thug, Paul Wall, Lil Flip, Trae Tha Truth, and Bun B. Slim Thug thanked "lil homie Travis Scott" for hosting the festival.
Maxo Kream, a newer name among local legends, brought a rush of energy and prompted the crowd to form rubbish. He was dressed in blue and red Oilers to push the vibration of Htown further.