Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and his band will be among the featured acts at this weekend’s Music Midtown festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. (Staff Photo: Carlton Fletcher)
ATLANTA — As the countdown to another Music Midtown festival ticks down, the city of Atlanta is preparing for an invasion of music fans from all over the nation, many probably still having trouble believing they’ll really be able to see the lineup that will perform Friday and Saturday for a $110 weekend pass, one of the few honest-to-God entertainment bargains still available to 99-percenters.
“That’s what you’d pay for a single ticket to see a lot of these acts,” Music Midtown producer and Live Nation President Peter Conlon said. “We’ve got the most eclectic lineup of any festival you’ll see anywhere, and the fact that tickets are so affordable makes this one of the premiere music events in the nation.”
You’ll get no argument from fans who’ll pack their way into Piedmont Park to see such acts as Imagine Dragons, Journey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, 2 Chainz, Weezer and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Our capital city’s rapid-transit rail line is gearing up for its biggest day of the year, as tens of thousands of fans will descend on the historic park for an outing that will be a multimillion-dollar economic boost to local and area retailers.
“This is like two ‘Black Fridays’ for us,” the manager of a midtown Atlanta eatery said last week. “We hire on extra cooks, servers and staff for Music Midtown weekend, and we order triple the food and supplies that we normally would for this weekend. It’s going to be big for us.”
For fans experiencing their first Music Midtown, a few items of note:
Music will kick off at 4:15 p.m. Friday, break at around 11 p.m., then start back up Saturday at 12:45 p.m. and continue until the Chili Peppers leave the stage around 11:30. Music at the three stages includes: Roxy Stage — Friday: North Mississippi All Stars (4:15 p.m.), Mowgli’s (5:45 p.m.), Cake (7:30 p.m.) Saturday: Mona (12:45 p.m.), Capital Cities (2:15 p.m.), ZZ Ward (4 p.m.), Tegan and Sara (5:45 p.m.), Kendrick Lamar (7:45 p.m.) Great Southern Music Hall Stage — Friday: 2 Chainz (5:15 p.m.), Jane’s Addiction (7:30 p.m.) Saturday: Reignwolf (1:45 p.m.), The Black Lips (3:30 p.m.), Imagine Dragons (5:45 p.m.), Queens of the Stone Age (8 p.m.) Electric Ballroom Stage — Friday: Drivin N’ Cryin (4:30 p.m.), Phoenix (6:15 p.m.), Journey (9 p.m.) Saturday: The Neighbourhood (1 p.m.), Weezer (2:30 p.m.), Arctic Monkeys (4:30 p.m.), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (7 p.m.), Red Hot Chili Peppers (9 p.m.)
THREE ENTRY GATES
Charles Allen Gate — Corner of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive; Park Drive Gate — Enter from north end of 10th Street meadow; Lakeside Gate — Accessible from 12th and 14th street entrances to Piedmont Park. (Will Call is located across from the Charles Allen Gate.)
Among the amenities readily available in Piedmont Park during the festival are ATMs, water stations, first aid stations, food and beverage vendors.
The festival site is most easily accessible via the Midtown and Arts Center stations.