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10 things you need to know about Atlanta’s Music Midtown

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins performs at Music Midtown 2012. The band discussed breaking up after that performance but quickly reconciled.

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins performs at Music Midtown 2012. The band discussed breaking up after that performance but quickly reconciled.

ATLANTA — The countdown is on for Music Midtown 2013, scheduled Sept. 20-21 at Piedmont Park here. The excitement started with the announcement of this year’s lineup featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey, Queens of the Stone Age, Imagine Dragons, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jane’s Addiction, and others. But for music fans who need more reasons to enjoy two days of unparallelled music, here are 10:

  1. Music Midtown is one of the most affordable festival tickets around: With two-day passes coming in at $110, Music Midtown offers the biggest bang for your buck in comparison to all the major music festivals in the United States including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Governor’s Ball.

  2. Music Midtown 2013 features even more bands than in 2012 with the addition of a third stage on Oak Hill: Atlanta’s premiere music festival will have even more artists this year, adding to the musical experience and showcasing an even deeper variety of talent. This year’s diverse lineup features such acts as Cake, Drivin N’ Cryin, North Mississippi Allstars, Phoenix, 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Tegan and Sara, The Neighbourhood and more.

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Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam headlined Music Midtown 2012, which was so successful a third stage was added for the 2013 festival, scheduled for Sept. 20-21 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

  1. More ATMs and seating options for festivalgoers: Grab some cash at one of the ATMs located throughout the festival for easy access. If you get tired of trekking the meadow, kick back and lounge around on newly added hammocks.

  2. The App is back: Need to know on the go? The Music Midtown App will be available for download again this year so festivalgoers can get the latest news as well as have opportunities to win prizes and get updates. The app will be available for free on both Apple and Android devices.

  3. Great food and beverage options: Not only can fans satisfy their musical taste buds with delectable tunes, they can appease their actual appetite with a wide array of foods and beverages prepared onsite, including options from some of Atlanta’s great restaurants. Beverage stations, street trucks and other festival food favorites will be located throughout the site, including vegetarian and gluten-free options.

  4. Super VIP and VIP packages are bigger and better this year: Super VIPs will experience expanded viewing deck options and a special enclosed general admission area on the meadow. Both Super VIPs and VIPs will also enjoy new savory menu options. And for those looking to entertain clients or groups, Music Midtown 2013 will for the first time add a very limited number of private cabanas. For more information, contact Gerrad Kesselman at (404) 443-5002 or email vip@musicmidtown.com.

  5. Held on the largest green space in Atlanta: Historic Piedmont Park will provide the setting once again for Music Midtown. With lush green landscapes, expansive tree lines, and the Atlanta skyline as the backdrop, what better place to enjoy two days of music with thousands of your closest friends?

  6. Music Midtown is the blueprint for today’s popular music festivals: Music Midtown has been setting the standard for what quality music experiences should look and feel like since its inception.

  7. Plenty to do between sets: Fans may take a break between watching their favorite artists and enjoy one of many attractions at Music Midtown. Take a complimentary ride on a Ferris wheel, check out the swag at the Artists Market, engage with festival partners through unique activations or chat with your favorite DJ while visiting radio row.

  8. Remember to buy tickets early: Music lovers came out in droves last year, and those who waited were turned away on Saturday for not planning ahead. Due to the overwhelming response, Music Midtown is growing. Fans can make sure and secure a spot in the crowd this year by getting tickets in advance.

Ticket pricing is $50 for a Friday pass, $85 for a Saturday pass and $110 for two-day passes. VIP packages are $250 per day for American Family Insurance VIPs and $1,000 for Super VIPs. All tickets are subject to applicable service charges. For more information, visit www.musicmidtown.com.

Produced by Live Nation, Music Midtown is sponsored by Coors Light, Dos Equis, Coca-Cola, Red Bull, Bose, Dunkin Donuts, Citi, American Family Insurance, W Atlanta – Midtown, SweetWater Brewing Co., Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador and Rex Goliath.