Ah, summertime – the season of music festivals. From Coachella to Bonnaroo to Outside Lands and for the fourth year in a row we can now wrap up the summer the right way, at the Music Midtown Fest in Atlanta, GA. With an expected crowd of 40-50,000 make sure to get there early enough to participate in the snaking lines to get into Piedmont Park. Looking at this year’s lineup, however, might just make it worth the wait.
Music Midtown has already officially listed a wide array of bands and artists for this year on their website, with a promise for more to come! So far they have rappers and hip hop artists Eminem, Iggy Azalea, Run DMC, and Banks, indie and pop artists Lana Del Rey, Lorde, Fitz and The Tantrums, John Mayer, and Ron Pope, the alternative rockers like twenty one pilots, NEEDTOBREATHE, Sleeper Agent, some of your R&B people like AER, and Mayer Hawthorne, free agents B.o.B., Bear Hands, Zac Brown, and The Strypes, and of course rock ‘n rolling Jack White, Bastille, Greg Allman, and Magic Man.
You might be dying to see everybody, but plan your strategy wisely since some shows have time overlaps, and trying to migrate between the multiple stages adds travel time. If you require refreshment between your target bands’ performances, or feel a dire need to purchase concert swag, there will be food trucks to peruse, drink tents (complete with beer, wine, and liquor since you cannot bring your own, so be sure to bring your ID), souvenir tents, as well as the option to leave and come back should you just need a break. Just be sure to scan your ticket “out” in order to be scanned back “in” later. There is even a Music Midtown app you can download to help with your plan of action.
Needless to say, Music Midtown has gathered an eclectic group of artists and music lovers over the past four years since its return from hiatus in 2011 (the fest stopped in 2005 due to decreases in revenue and attendance). Each year since its revival though, the festival has continued to rejuvenate itself and from the looks of it so far, this is the place to be to close out the summer properly on September 19th and 20th of this year.