Everything you need to know about the 26th annual Music Midtown
If you survived Shaky Knees, Boots and Beats, then you’re probably prepared for Atlanta’s largest music festival - Music Midtown.
Situated in historic, 189-acre Piedmont Park next to Midtown (hence the creative festival name), music lovers have seen the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more on its stages. The festival has traditionally been held on a Friday-Saturday in mid-September, but there are several changes, for better or worse, for this year’s concertgoers.
This year the festival will be held on a Saturday-Sunday - Sept. 17 and 18. This benefits those who would get off work or leave classes Friday afternoon and rush to Piedmont to catch the opening concerts, however it removes the (usually) necessary recovery time on Sunday. Atlanta native Tina Banjo presumes the schedule change may cause an influx of high school students since they will not have to skip school.
Gates open each day at noon and concerts end at 11 p.m. on Saturday and 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Concert schedules have yet to be released, but it is likely the main headliners will still perform at staggered times on Saturday night.
So who are the headliners? Across the four main stages, it will be The Killers, twenty one pilots, Beck and deadmau5. As you can see, there’s a less rap, finally some EDM, and less "old school" artists overall.
“In the past years there was no question on whether or not I’d buy a ticket to Music Midtown,” Banjo said. “But this year I am hesitant because there is no one I have been DYING to see.” Despite her hesitancy, the festival’s atmosphere is enough to convince her to go.
Other artists include: Alabama Shakes, G-Eazy, The Lumineers, Collegrove (Lil Wayne and 2Chainz), Band of Horses, James Bay, Kesha, Big Boi, CHVRCHES, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Leon Bridges, DJ Mustard, DNCE, Melanie Martinez, Raury, DAYA, St. Lucia, Mayer Hawthorne, Lucius, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pete Yorn, Zella Day, Blind Pilot, Peter Bjorn and John, Joseph, NF, The Coathangers, Balkan Beat Box and The Shadow Boxers.
Not only is the schedule different, but so are the ticket prices - 2-day tickets are $125, versus last year’s $136, which later increased to $156. (This year’s price is likely to increase, too, the later you wait.) If you have a presale code, tickets are on sale now. General sale opens Friday, June 24, at 10 a.m.
According to the AJC, there will also be a new craft beer area for all you beer lovers out there. The rest of the food and beverage vendors will be dispersed throughout the park.
Check out Music Midtown's promo video from last year's festival: