May 16, 2023
Photo: Scott Legato / Music Midtown
Music Midtown, the Atlanta-based music festival originally started in 1994, has announced a colossal 2023 music lineup following last year’s cancellation “due to circumstances beyond our control,” widely reported as a result of Georgia’s Safe Carry Protection Act, and potential lawsuits from gun owners, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This year’s lineup is one of their biggest in recent history with Guns N’ Roses, The 1975, Billie Eilish, Lil Baby, Flume, Masego, Thirty Seconds to Mars, J.I.D, PJ Morton, and many more set to play the three-day festival taking place September 15-17 at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.
The festival’s website clearly states that “weapons or explosives of any kind” are prohibited, but they haven’t disclosed exactly how it will bypass the 2019 Georgia Supreme Court ruling on the state’s Safe Carry Protection Act, preventing most public festivals from banning guns on public or state-owned land.
Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival which took place earlier this month, went without a hitch at nearby Central Park, utilizing one entrance point on the property of the Atlanta Civic Center, which is owned by the Atlanta Housing Authority.
C3 Presents, one of the leading concert promotion companies in the country, which runs Music Midtown along with several major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Shaky Knees, has yet to reveal the details of the legalities.
Music Midtown 2023 will feature more than 40 artists across four stages. You can sign up now for the three-day pass pre-sale, and for the first time this year, a limited number of one-day tickets will be available starting Thursday, May 18 at 10 a.m.