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Travis Scott to bring "Astroworld" to Newark this Saturday


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New Jerseyans and Rutgers students better get ready to rage, because Travis Scott is bringing his Astroworld Tour to Newark’s Prudential Center this Saturday. 

A celebration of his long-awaited LP of the same name, the Astroworld Tour kicked off the beginning of November and has already shown to be his most impressive yet. Just last week he pulled off Astroworld Festival in his hometown of Houston that drew 40,000 fans. The rapper isn’t one to cut fans in other states short, though – joining Scott on the road will be Virgil Abloh, Sheck Wes, Trippie Redd and Gunna. 

“Astroworld” is also Scott’s most successful and mainstream album to date. In October, the LP went certified platinum. Hits like “Sicko Mode,” “No Bystanders” and Scott’s personal favorite “Butterfly Effect” will be unforgettable to see live. 

This isn’t the first time Scott has performed in New Jersey, but it is his first time headlining. In 2016, he opened for Rihanna in the Anti World Tour at Prudential. Now he’s big enough to put on a show for himself at every major arena, including Madison Square Garden in NYC. 

The rapper is infamous for giving high-energy shows in the name of fun, but that’s gotten him in trouble at times. Scott said it best in his track "Stargazing": “It ain't a mosh pit if there ain’t injuries / I got ‘em stage divin’ out the nose bleeds.” Still, the craziness that comes with a Travis Scott show clearly isn’t holding any of his fans back from attending. It will be interesting to see his usual dynamic and energy plays out in a bigger venue. 

"The first time I saw Travis Scott was in Philly when I was in high school. It was a small venue and cost only $30," said Autumn Thomas, a junior in the School of Arts and Sciences. "The crowd was hype, the music was on point. People were raging — we survived the 'Rodeo' — and I'm excited to finally see him in Jersey this Saturday at Astroworld." 

Scott is also known for intricate details and visuals. Last year at his Halloween show in the Bronx he performed from a bird sculpture hanging from the ceiling, and at Astroworld Festival in Houston, he sang from a ferris wheel. 

According to the lucky ones who have already attended an Astroworld show, the rapper will make sure to bring fans into another world on Saturday. 

“Since the album is about his nostalgia for his hometown, he used fireworks and a rollercoaster that brought him around the whole venue to show the ‘fun’ the old Houston Astroworld amusement park used to have,” said Olivia Santos, a senior at the University of Maryland who attended his show in Baltimore on Nov. 8. 

Scott never disappoints with trendy merchandise, an added bonus Thomas says she's excited about. For previous tours, the rapper collaborated with Off White and Louis Vuitton Men's designer Virgil Abloh to create one-of-a-kind merch. 

The show will be here before we know it, but tickets are still available for purchase. The Prudential Center is also just a 30-minute train ride from campus, so the trip will be super convenient for Rutgers students. It might be too chilly to go to Six Flags in November, but luckily we have Astroworld to end Thanksgiving weekend on a high note. 


Clarissa Gordon

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