ASTROWORLD FEST 2019

Travis Scott's Astroworld festival goes full 'sicko mode' with A-list celebs

It was another massive crowd for the Astroworld Festival. Photo by Michael Anthony

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Things got chaotic at the second annual Astroworld Festival before the performances even started.

Throngs of people showed up at Travis Scott's music-and-fun free-for-all, held once again at NRG Park, not too far where the mighty Six Flags AstroWorld once stood. By now, you've probably heard that, before the festivities happened, a large group of fans jumped the gate and started a stampede, leaving at least three people hospitalized due to injuries.

These rowdy festivalgoers must've been kids who didn't have tickets and made to decision to attend this by any means necessary. (There have already been tweets showing kids hopping the fence, trying to duck security.)

Despite the anarchic attendees, Astroworld was just as properly coordinated as last year, with its collection of amusement-park rides sprinkled all around the area and its two stages (Thrills and Chills, respectively) providing one performance after another.

Sheck Wes (who was at last year's fest) did a good set, while DaBaby spent most of his stage time deciding which part of the audience he was going to jump into and Houston rising star Megan Thee Stallion basically twerked to her own songs.

We watched Playboy Carti and Migos aggressively demand their crowds to go wild during their sets. By far, the most amusingly insane part of the festival was the set by '90s shock rocker Marilyn Manson. As mostly white and Hispanic attendees flocked to his performance, even he copped to being an odd inclusion at this fest.

"Betcha didn't see this coming, didja?" Manson said to the audience. "That's because Travis Scott is a genius." But that didn't stop him from doing such hits as "The Beautiful People" and his rendition of Eurythmics's "Sweet Dreams."

After that, Pharrell basically did a greatest hits mix of songs he both performed and/or produced and Rosalia did a set that Scott's baby momma Kylie Jenner certainly enjoyed.

Continue on CultureMap to read what happened when Dave Chappelle hit the stage.

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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

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