Cactus Jack goes digital
The fate of live rap shows and local venues is unknown due to the current pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped the music industry from searching for new ways to fill the void. Many artists have flocked to Instagram Live for the successful Versuz battles or acoustic performances, but others, like Travis Scott, are thinking outside of the box and opting for virtual experiences.
Travis Scott recently teamed up with Fortnite for Astronomical, a three-day concert event beginning Thursday, April 23. Astronomical follows Fortnite’s similar concert event with Marshmello, which took place in February 2019. This will be Fortnite’s first virtual concert during the COVID-19 quarantine.
There will be five showings of the concert, spanning across three days. The first viewing will begin on Thursday, April 23, and the final viewing will conclude on Saturday, April 25. All shows will start on Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Below is the full list of dates and times for each show.
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EDT
Friday, April 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. EDT
The concert event will be free on platforms including iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and Mac here. While entering the event is free, there are certain in-game purchases that give gamers access to special features.
Once you have downloaded Fortnite, choose Battle Royale, and then jump to the Astronomical game mode by tapping “CHANGE.” Once you are in the game, you will need to search for the venue location in order to view Travis’ performance. The concert venue is located north of the Sweaty Sands on a tropical beach and marked in yellow. Once you have located the Sweaty Sands, start swimming toward the middle of the island and wait until the timer hits 0. The experience will begin after a small intro. It’s important to note that throughout the week, the stage has slowly been under construction. By Thursday night, it will be ready for the concert.