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Music Midtown 2019

Guide to the 2019 festival

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Photo credit: Perry Julian

 

 

About Music Midtown

With its initial run from 1994 to 2005, Peter Conlon and the late Alex Cooley's Music Midtown earned a reputation as Atlanta’s definitive outdoor, large music festival. Following a six-year hiatus, the event, powered by Conlon and LiveNation, has reached cruising altitude, growing heftier with each successive year, presenting established and rising mainstream musical acts. Sign up online for this year’s lineup, schedule, and contests. The festivities unfold in the heart of Piedmont Park. PRO TIP: It’s an urban festival, so take advantage of the transportation systems the city has to offer. Take a ride on MARTA or stroll to it on the BeltLine. Avoiding the nightmare traffic situation that backs up at the intersection of 10th and Monroe through Midtown will improve everyone’s festival experience.

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History of Music Midtown

In the summer of 1994, Atlanta concert promoters Peter Conlon and Alex Cooley put together a two-day outdoor music festival in the middle of the city, partially as an experiment. They wanted to gauge the public's interest in such an event, and within a few years Music Midtown became an annual weekend festival featuring six stages that drew as many as 300,000 concertgoers at its peak. Acts as varied as Bob Dylan, James Brown, Devo, Hole, Funkadelic, Wilco, Iggy Pop and hundreds of others were all part of the annual lineup.

Music Midtown is the largest music festival in Atlanta, attracting thousands of concertgoers from around the country. The 2018 Music Midtown took place the weekend of September 15-16, and once again makes its home in Piedmont Park. The 2018 lineup boasted an assorted mix of monolithic mainstream pop and hip-hop artists, as well as various rising but lesser-known performers. Headliners Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, and Post Malone are joined by the likes of Janelle Monáe, Portugal. The Man, Sylvan Esso, Mattiel, Gucci Mane, Arthur Buck, and more. As with every year, concertgoers flock to the city in droves. Atlanta denizens may be well advised to take MARTA to the Midtown station and walk to the park, or simply stroll along the Beltline right into the heart of the park to avoid the soul-crushing traffic situation, not to mention finding a place to park — parking passes can be purchased through Music Midtown’s website for $20.

From a 2018 Interview with Peter Conlon - "We’re the biggest music festival in Atlanta. Historically, we’ve built a brand. A lot of acts in the history of the festival that went on to be meaningful acts in this market, their first play was Music Midtown. There’s a lot of focus on certain acts at the mid-level. As recently as 21 Pilots, who headlined Music Midtown a few years ago — we just put them on sale at Philips Arena, and they sold out in one day. We were one of the first festivals to have them.

The original concept of Music Midtown was to have an eclectic enough lineup where we brought people in for certain artists but exposed them to other artists, to all different kinds of music. That’s what we’ve tried to maintain. We aren’t as eclectic as we used to be, but maybe we’ll get that way.

The other thing we’ve tried to do is keep it affordable. The first festival back in ’94 was $25, but we can’t do that anymore. Even the current price of $145, for the acts you are seeing, it’s extremely affordable. In an arena, you pay that much just for one night. The other thing is the economic benefit for Atlanta. It generates around $50 million for the city. And we pay for everything.”

Music Midtown Events By Day

Saturday September 14, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Music
With its initial run from 1994 to 2005, Music Midtown earned a reputation as Atlanta’s definitive la...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
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Sunday September 15, 2019 11:00 am EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Music
With its initial run from 1994 to 2005, Music Midtown earned a reputation as Atlanta’s definitive la...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
CL RECOMMENDS

Events for Saturday, September 14, 2019 - Day One

Saturday September 14, 2019 02:15 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
Faye Webster isn't afraid to tell you how she feels. Rooted in a familial lineage of folk, 21-year-o...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
Saturday September 14, 2019 08:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
When you love yourself, anything becomes possible. Channeling boundless self-confidence through a do...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
Saturday September 14, 2019 08:30 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
Lil Yachty, aka Lil Boat, aka "King of the Teens" is a 19-year old Atlanta native, a Grammy-nominate...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]

Saturday September 14, 2019 09:30 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
Panic! At The Disco released their #1 album "Pray For The Wicked" in June (via Fueled by Ramen/DCD2 ...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
Saturday September 14, 2019 10:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, known professionally as Cardi B, is an American rapper, singer, songwrit...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]

Events for Sunday, September 15, 2019 - Day Two

Sunday September 15, 2019 01:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
It's a tale told so many times we might be numb to its magic, but when The Coathangers played their ...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
Sunday September 15, 2019 04:45 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
ailing from Cincinnati, OH, WALK THE MOON consists of Nicholas Petricca (singer/keyboardist), Kevin ...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
Sunday September 15, 2019 07:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
Billie Eilish might just make you believe in magic…


It's the best explanation for this silver-hair...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]

Sunday September 15, 2019 08:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
Pronounced "black", alternative R&B artist 6LACK has long considered six an important number...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
Sunday September 15, 2019 08:30 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events
Vampire Weekend was formed by Ezra Koenig, Chris Tomson, Chris Baio and former member Rostam Batmang...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]
Sunday September 15, 2019 09:00 pm EDT
Piedmont Park Cost: $160-$1,250
Community::Festivals/Events, Music
Like the wildest rollercoaster imaginable, Missouri City, Texas-born and Los Angeles-based multiplat...
$160-$1,250 [click here for more]

Creative Loafing Stories About Music Midtown

Article

Friday October 5, 2018 11:45 am EDT

Check out a gallery of images from Music Midtown 2018. Photographer Perry Julien was in the pit and on the stage capturing images of K.Flay, Gucci Mane, 30 Seconds to Mars, Imagine Dragons, and more.

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Article

Thursday September 13, 2018 01:00 am EDT
Festival co-founder Peter Conlon on how Atlanta benefits from so much music | more...

Article

Monday June 11, 2018 10:38 am EDT
Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, and more headline the Piedmont Park music fest Sept. 15-16 | more...

Article

Tuesday August 29, 2017 01:10 pm EDT
Plus: Trump works to re-militarize cops | more...

Article

Tuesday August 29, 2017 01:10 pm EDT

For your planning purposes: The schedule for Music Midtown came out yesterday. The question is, how will you decide between catching Wiz Khalifa and The Naked and Famous?

Two unknown Georgia counties may join the controversial 287g program, which allows local law enforcement to act as immigration officials and question people about their citizenship status.

This won't end well: The Trump...

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Article

Thursday August 3, 2017 01:22 pm EDT
Photographer Perry Julien has an eye for music | more...

Article

Tuesday June 20, 2017 02:14 pm EDT
Bruno Mars, Future, Blink-182 and Mumford & Sons headline this year's two-day music festival in Piedmont Park | more...

Article

Tuesday September 27, 2016 01:58 pm EDT

%{data-embed-type=%22image%22 data-embed-id=%2257ea7b8639ab46993a144fd1%22 data-embed-element=%22span%22 data-embed-size=%22640w%22 contenteditable=%22false%22}%Music Midtown organizers have not contributed cash to the Piedmont Park Conservancy since 2014, says Maria Saporta. 

Downtown's old Oxford Industries building has sat vacant since 2012. Now it's becoming a private high school. ...

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Article

Tuesday August 23, 2016 03:12 pm EDT
Beck, Big Boi, ColleGrove, the Coathangers and more take over Piedmont Park Sept. 17-18 | more...

Article

Tuesday July 19, 2016 04:36 pm EDT
Logic, Grouplove, City and Colour, and Johnnyswim have been added to the Atlanta music festival taking over Piedmont Park Sept. 17-18. | more...

Article

Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:03 am EDT
Big Boi, 2 Chainz, and Raury rep for Atlanta on a bill featuring the Killers, Alabama Shakes, Beck, DeadMau5 | more...

Article

Thursday September 24, 2015 11:07 am EDT

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? Music photographers sometimes forget that while we are capturing images of the band standing on the the stage, there is another world with thousands of fans behind us. This photograph was taken on the first day of Music Midtown right before Kodaline took the Electric Ballroom Stage. The band had allowed me to photograph their first few songs from on the stage. While waiting for them...

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Article

Monday September 21, 2015 07:07 pm EDT
Photographer Perry Julien returns from the trenches of Music Midtown 2015, capturing performances by Elton John, Run the Jewels, Van Halen, and more. | more...

Article

Thursday September 10, 2015 03:22 pm EDT
Your handy field guide for this year's line up and performance times. | more...

Article

Thursday September 10, 2015 04:00 am EDT
A behind-the-scenes look at the history of Peter Conlon's Atlanta music machine | more...

Article

Thursday July 16, 2015 06:20 pm EDT
Four new acts added to the lineup for Music Midtown's return to Piedmont Park Sept. 18 and 19. | more...

Article

Thursday June 25, 2015 05:49 pm EDT
Hometown hero and former Neon Christ guitarist and songwriter William DuVall will lead the group on stage at Piedmont Park the weekend of Sept. 18-19. | more...

Article

Tuesday June 23, 2015 01:37 pm EDT
Run the Jewels, Drake, Van Halen, Jenny Lewis, and more take over Piedmont Park Sept. 18-19 | more...

Article

Saturday September 22, 2012 01:03 pm EDT

  • Perry Julien

Thousands of people have packed Piedmont Park for this year's Music Midtown, the two-day tunes festival featuring the Foo Fighters, Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers Blackhearts, local crisis prevention expert T.I., and many other acts. Check out CL's round-up of the soiree's first day and Perry Julien's photos. Pearl Jam, Florence and the Machine, Garbage, and other bands...

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Article

Wednesday July 13, 2011 06:00 am EDT
A Q&A with the festival's co-founder | more...
 



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