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Travis Scott performs an intense show at the Xcel Energy Center

The Houston-based rapper kept the crowd entertained as he played all of his hits.
Image by Max Mueller
Travis Scott performing at the Xcel Energy Center on Jan. 20.

Travis Scott performed an energetic concert at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday night.

The rapper took the stage as part of his Circus Maximus Tour promoting his newest album, “Utopia.” Scott performed over an hour and a half of all his hit songs while electrifying the stadium.

“The performance was outstanding with great songs, a lot of energy and amazing pyrotechnics,” said Josh Luzero, who attended the concert and said he resonates with the rapper as they are both from Houston.

Instead of the stage being confined to one side of the arena (as per typical Xcel concerts) a winding rock formation took up the entire floor. Scott traversed across the stage throughout the show as flames fired out of the stage, lighting up the arena in an explosive blast. He seemed excited just to be on stage, which could be seen through the vivacity he had throughout the performance.

“Travis Scott did not disappoint. I loved when he played ‘FE!N,’ and even more when he played it the eighth time,” said concertgoer Sophie Nguyen.

Scott played the song “FE!N,” a popular song off “Utopia,” a total of nine times over the course of the concert. Eight of those times were back-to-back, and once more before his final song. However, no matter how many times the piercing synth chords of that song came back on, the crowd’s spark remained high.

Following the eighth “FE!N,” Scott played the classic “Sicko Mode” off his 2018 album “ASTROWORLD,” with each beat switch bringing the audience back in for more. He followed this with two more of his most popular songs, “Antidote” and “Goosebumps.”

“It was a great experience, especially being on the floor where everyone was moshing, and being so close to the speakers and flames was insane,” said concertgoer Aidan Downs.

At a certain point fans were brought up from the floor onto the stage. The fans were able to stand with Scott on a boulder suspended above the stage as he performed the song “I KNOW?” The boulder would move across the floor surrounded by other floating rocks that projected lights throughout the arena.

The visuals around the stage added to the life of the concert as multicolored lights set the tone for each song. The screens above him featured a carousel of images such as televisions, animatronics and shots of the crowd and of Travis himself.

Scott also performed songs he is featured in. These include the Lil Uzi Vert song “Aye,” and “Praise God” by Kanye West. He also played “BACKR00MS,” an unreleased song Scott is featured on from a rumored upcoming Playboi Carti album.

From beginning to end the energy of the entire arena was kept high. Any moment of downtime was short lived, with each new song sending a force of life throughout the crowd. Even Scott himself acknowledged the intensity that the St. Paul crowd brought to his set.

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