5 things we witnessed at Shaky Beats Music Festival

By Amanda Cosenza (Cover Photo: Chris Lazzaro)

May 12, 2017

While the weekend was met with some rain and colder than expected temperatures, the fire coming from the speakers was more than enough to heat things up. With over 90 acts over the course of the three days, the festival was filled with phenomenal sounds blasting through the grounds at all times. With hotels located right across the street from the festival entrance, Shaky Beats was conveniently located in Centennial Park, allowing for easy access and well groomed festival grounds. Comprised of only three stages, the festival was small enough that it was easy to catch every act you wanted to see regardless of what stage they were on but also large enough that the stages’ sounds didn’t bleed together.

Alison Wonderland’s brilliant recovery

Alison Wonderland at Shaky Beats. Photo courtesy of Shaky Knees

Midway through her set, as the music was coming to a peak, Alison’s sound starting having some technical difficulties. She jumped onto the decks expecting a drop to hit and when it didn’t she immediately jumped down to see what was wrong. Grabbing the mic, she laughed if off and told the the crowd “Well at least you know it’s live.” A slight jab to other artist in electronic music known for premixing their sets. Then she got down to business and continued to lay down the rest of the set.

GRiZ with ATL flavor

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GRiZ brought the funk Friday night to Atlanta just like everyone knew he would but this time with a little down south flavor. He started his set with “Welcome to Atlanta” by Jermaine Dupri ft Ludacris and also mixed in “Kryptonite” by Big Boi ft Killer Mike in later as well. GRiZ’s guitar playing sidekick, Muzzy Bear, even sang live for their song “Rather Be Free.” He concluded by bringing the crowd together with Queen’s “We are the Champions.”

Mutemath’s surprising debut

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What was surprising about Paul Meany and Darren King debut DJ set was not how good it was (because it was impressive) but how unexpected the sound was. The alternative rock band played an electronic set heavy with a wide variety of progressive tones mixed with rap, hip-hop and reggae all highlighted by the incredible energy the two had on stage for an early afternoon set.

The Chainsmokers

Photo: Chris Lazzaro courtesy of Shaky Beats

Performing at an all Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival after being called the Nickelback of EDM was no small task for the Chainsmokers. Expecting a premixed, cheesy boy band performance, many attendees were not too enthused that the Chainsmokers were closing out the festival. While the opening started off with Drew Taggart singing, by the first drop, the duo quickly showed that they weren’t there to do their typical set. The set was filled with heavy drops and diverse remixes, with everything from “What’s My Age Again” by Blink 182 to “HUMBLE.” by Kendrick Lamar. The end was filled with everything to be expected from the closing show of a music festival, lots of fireworks and pyrotechnics, with everyone leaving in good spirits.


Courtesy of Shaky Beats

In between the constant usage of Travis Scott’s “I get those goosebumps every time” line and remixes of “Mask Off” there were some pretty hot drops and remixes. There was Kaskade’s version of Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey, Rezz’s remix of Bassnectar’s “The Matrix” and Ekali even dropped an unreleased Quix x Gucci Mane collaboration track.

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