Dabbing in Astroworld: One Adult’s Unforgettable Fortnite Concert Foray
By: Kelsey Wilkins
It’s been a few months since I dusted off the ol’ PS4 controller, but after hearing all the kids say the Fortnite x Travis Scott in-game concert was “hella lit” I decided to see what all the fuss was about.
I logged on with my fellow coworker, Greggy (aka “Lil_Sharty”), who was decked out in a special edition Astroworld avatar skin he purchased in-game. Suddenly, our weapons were disbanded, and a massive rainbow astroid took over the sky. The 10 minutes of pure psychedelia that followed forever changed me.
From headbanging with a gargantuan Travis Scott to teleporting underwater, and catapulting into space, each song was a stunning visual sequence only imaginable on a virtual platform, which is exactly what made the experience so euphorically eye-popping. I was legitimately sad when I returned to the real world with only memories and a flaming microphone emote.
There were 5 global shows spanning several time zones. After each concert, limited-edition merchandise like tour t-shirts and Fortnite Nerf Guns was released online and sold out in minutes. Travis Scott even debuted a new single, first heard in the game. On the first night alone, Epic Games said 12.3 million concurrent players participated – a new record for the game.
As we're all home during this pandemic, more platforms deviate from traditional formats to bolster live experiences. Fortnite will be the new one to beat. Until then, I’ll be a full-grown adult chillin’ in my fictional concert t-shirt, absolutely obliterating tweens half my age with cartoon bazookas.