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Annual Texas hip-hop festival draws Travis Scott and more big names

Annual Texas hip-hop festival draws Travis Scott and more big names

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Travis Scott will headline the 2019 rendition of the annual Jmblya Festival. Photo by Greg Noire

The seventh annual Jmblya, a Texas music festival that focuses on hip hop, returns to Dallas and Austin in May with a lineup headlined by Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, and Kevin Gates.

The two-city, two-day fest will kick off in Dallas on May 3 at Fair Park, then move on to Austin on May 4 at Circuit of the Americas.

General admission tickets start at $59, and go on sale at 12 pm on March 1 at jmblya.com. The festival will also offer several types of VIP packages, ranging from $179-$2,500.

A native of Missouri City, Texas, Scott is ultra-hot right now, coming off his recent appearance at the 2019 Super Bowl, alongside Maroon 5 and Big Boi. His 2018 single "Sicko Mode" was dubbed by Billboard as the "unlikeliest No. 1 hit song." If that's not enough, he's father to Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi.

In addition to the headliners, the festival will feature performances by up-and-coming artists including YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Gunna, Sheck Wes, Bhad Bhabie, and Blueface.

Additional performers include female hip-hop duo City Girls, Houston's own Maxo Kream, rising Filipino-American artist P-Lo, WhooKilledKenny from Austin, and 10k.caash from Dallas.

In addition to the music, Jmblya will have a charitable aspect to it. The Dallas event will benefit Music Forward, a nonprofit organization which transforms young lives, inspires careers, and champions a more inclusive music industry.

In Austin, the festival will donate a portion of proceeds to Grounded in Music, an Austin-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with underprivileged children in grades 4 and up to provide music instruction that would be otherwise absent from their school’s curriculum and to connect children with nationally-recognized musicians, opportunities, and scholarships.

Jmblya's parent company, Scoremore Shows, was founded in Austin by Sascha Stone Guttfreund and Claire Bogle; the 2018 version drew 60,000 attendees.