When Travis Scott first had dreams of reopening AstroWorld, the eponymous Six Flags theme park built in the summer of 1968 as a complement to “the eighth wonder of the world” called the Astrodome, he was little more than a heartbroken teenager. Like all Houston-based youth at the time, the closure of AstroWorld in 2005 was a paralyzing blow.
Watching the news clips of bulldozers rumbling over the Texas Cyclone, Greezed Lightnin’, the Ultra Twister and other beloved roller coasters that helped define the once-whimsical amusement park, a deafening cry of Houston’s youth being torn apart reverberated. Scott, to his credit, found fuel in that sadness, promising to return someday to the one place where kids in Houston could genuinely be kids. This past weekend, he hosted his second annual Astroworld Fest—a similar, though smaller, theme park and music festival—to honor his Texas roots.