When everyone’s favorite Tarrant County Community College dropout, Post Malone, announced his first ever festival earlier in the summer, the anticipation was palpable, but the lineup was uncertain. Malone’s name alone was enough to sell most fans. After all, his debut album, Stoney, just broke a record that had been held by Michael Jackson’s Thriller for the past 34 years.
However, new details are finally trickling in, as Malone himself has announced the first act that will join him for Posty Fest on Oct. 28 at the Dos Equis Pavilion. Rapper and Kylie Jenner’s baby daddy, Travis Scott, is now the second confirmed act for what has been billed as a “blockbuster” lineup.
Both artists are coming off relatively successful releases, even if some critics took Malone to task for Beerbongs & Bentleys’ overall length and lack of diversity. As far as fans have been concerned, however, the album has been a mega-hit, reaching double platinum status in fewer than two months. While mainly notable for individual tracks, including collaborations with the likes of 21 Savage on “Rockstar” and TY Dolla Sign on “Psycho," the album feels like it was meant to be picked over more than consumed as a whole. However, Malone’s extravagant productions and moody cloud-rap tone make Scott seemingly a perfect fit for the bill stylistically.
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His third studio album, Astroworld, dropped earlier in the month and is already in contention for all-time classic status. The surprisingly thought-provoking “Stop Trying to be God” gives a fresh take on well-worn rap tropes of loyalty and fame. While “Sicko Mode” features an impressive guest appearance by Drake, who performs well enough to make one almost forget about Pusha T debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Astroworld has a futuristic tone and deep lyrics, both of which complement and contrast the more mindless “pilly-popping” party-time fun of Malone.
We can only speculate as to who else may be joining the card. Judging from the number of guest verses on both Scott's and Malone’s recent releases, it might not be unreasonable to think the likes of 21 Savage, Nicki Minaj or even Frank Ocean may take part in the festival. Given Malone’s popularity, it doesn’t seem like he’ll have too hard a time finding interested parties. However, for now we’ll just have to wait and see what other surprises Malone has in store for his adopted hometown.
Tickets are available now at livenation.com.