In 2017, Jmblya the single-day rap and EDM event produced by local powerhouse Scoremore Shows, doubled attendance for the second year in a row. They hosted a sold out crowd of 25,000 fans for a riotous turn up at the Circuit of the Americas headlined by Chance the Rapper. The party will return to Austin on May 5, 2018 and Scoremore is releasing the first round of tickets, an extremely limited run of $25 blind early birds, on Friday at 10 a.m.
The location for the 2018 event has not been announced, but organizers have promised to take steps to address the biggest complaints from this year’s event: lack of shade and water and long lines for food and drinks. They’ve partnered with an outside company Event Water Solutions to provide expanded water filling stations at the event. They plan to double the number of food vendors, increasing bar sizes and adding special non-alcoholic bars. They will also create additional shade structures on the festival grounds.
For the last four years has been staged in Austin and Dallas. In 2018, Scoremore has added a Houston date to the list. The last time, Scoremore hosted Jmblya in Houston was during the festival’s first year. At that point, Scoremore was a fledgling company staffed by rookie promoters. According to co-founder Sascha Stone Guttfreund, Scoremore lost $186,000 on the event that year and it almost sank the company.
We’re guessing it will be a much smoother run this go round.
UPDATE: This blog was updated to correct the on-sale time.