May 23, 2018
Shaky Beats Music Festival was determined to shake Atlanta up for its third year with an improved venue, an additional stage and some solid performances. After two years at Centennial Olympic Park, the festival was moved to Central Park this year. The new location allowed for elevated views atop hills at the mainstage while making room for an additional stage, Criminal Records. The Criminal Records stage was located in a wooded area that created a shaded environment for attendees to escape the Atlanta heat during the daytime and hosted up-and-coming acts like Space Jesus, TOKiMONSTA and Manic Focus. Having an area to relax in the cool grass while discovering some new artists was a refreshing break from the chaos of the mainstage and the hustle of Atlanta. With four stages, prominent and impressive headliners in the EDM and hip-hop realm, 2018 was a year of growth for Shaky Beats.
Here are some of our favorite performances from weekend:
As a long time hip-hop star from the A, Ludacris was bound to be a crowd favorite. While most of the lineup featured electronic music, Ludacris’ performance was a nice change of pace. He brought the audience back in time with classics such as “Area Codes” and “Get Back.”
Dillon Francis played the time slot following Luda on the Piedmont Stage. Francis treats each festival like a celebration and always delivers a dynamic show. His new Latin-influenced sounds had the crowd moving their hips to the reggaeton-style beats and vibes from his upcoming album Less Nights, More Days.
Bonnie x Clyde
Bonnie x Clyde, an EDM duo from Virginia best known for their hit single, “Bass Jam,” played at the Ponce de Leon tent and rocked the crowd with their diverse blend of trap, house and bass music. The duo took turns hyping up the crowd with Paige Lopynski showcasing her voice on some of the tracks, treating the crowd to a rare live vocal performance.
Another Atlanta based rapper, Playboi Carti drew a massive crowd. Carti’s energy was felt throughout his set, having a blast performing with the vibes from his mega-hit “Magnolia” moving through the crowd like a wave.
Kygo closed out the weekend on Sunday night with an uplifting set. He paid tribute to his recently deceased friend and legendary producer, Avicii. Aside from the touching moment, he played his many pop hits including “First Time” and “Kids in Love,” capping off the spirited weekend.
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