By Cameron Lee (Cover photo by Rob Loud)
Music Midtown, a festival that originated in downtown Atlanta in 1994 went on hiatus in 2006 making its valiant return in 2011. Since its return, the multi-day music festival now located northeast of downtown Atlanta in Piedmont Park has hosted an eclectic collection of artists and bands over the years including Jack White, Elton John, Run The Jewels, John Mayer, Drake, Lana Del Ray, Gregg Allman, Pearl Jam, T.I, and many more.
This year’s festival took place on Saturday and Sunday for the first time ever in an effort to reduce traffic problems at rush hour on Friday as well as congestion from Henry W. Grady High School. The lineup was loaded again with a wide range of acts from several genres that included The Killers, Alabama Shakes, Leon Bridges, Big Boi, ColleGrove (2 Chainz and Lil Wayne), Pete Yorn, Lucius and many more.
With the forecast calling for rain all week, there was still an enormous turnout. A jam-packed schedule made it difficult to catch a full set of every act, but the soft terrain (grass) and compact layout made it very easy to catch multiple acts with solid views. This was our first year invited as media to Music Midtown and we must say, it’s one of our favorites. Parking was a little challenging as most city festivals can be, but we were able to find easy street parking close to the entrance on both days. Most festival attendees utilized driving services and public transportation, of course. The many large trees in Piedmont Park and hilly landscape made it comfortable to take breaks, get cover from the rain, and relax between sets. Beer stations and food trucks were conveniently placed, and the lines moved swiftly. We’ll definitely be back next year and hope to make Music Midtown a tradition, making a short trip to ATL every September for this entertaining mini musical retreat.
Here are 10 really cool moments from our weekend at Music Midtown 2016:
The soulful sounds and dance moves of Leon Bridges
Big Boi brings out Killer Mike to perform “Born to Shine” from the Big Grams album
James Bond (Daniel Craig) introduces The Killers
The Killers performing “Mr Brightside” after torrential rain
Lucius takes the concert into the crowd with the fans
Brittany Howard and Alabama Shakes performing “Dunes”
Big Boi brings out Sleepy Brown of Organized Noize for “Ms. Jackson”
Lil Wayne’s entrance during ColleGrove set performing “A Milli”
A really cool moment as they played Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” in the streets during the rain evacuation. A dance party ensued in the pouring rain. It was neat, fam.
The confetti to close out the festival at the end of The Killers set
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