6 Reasons why you should attend this year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival (music and non-music related)!

Shaky Knees Music Festival

May 8th-10th, 2015

Central Park

Atlanta, Ga. 

With the Shaky Knees Music Festival about a month away, are you ready?  This is quite a line-up and something that you do not want to miss out on.  This is the type of weekend that you will see pics on Instagram and Facebook from all your friends having the time of their lives.  Is this where you want to be at during the weekend of May 8th-10th?  Home on the couch staring at pics from your friends and not making memories of your own?  Let me help out with your decision making some… I have gathered what I believe is the top 6 reasons, both music and non-music related, to attend this year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta, Ga.  Please keep in mind it was hard to narrow only 6 reasons on the music side, look at this insane and phenomenal line up!

6 (Music related) reasons to attend Shaky Knees 2015:

  1. Tame Impala announced the release of their latest release “Currents” to the excitement of their fan base recently. Over the last few years, Tame Impala has played some very selective dates across North America and only getting close to the southeastern region with their legendary Bonnaroo 2013 performance.  This Sunday headliner spot has me very excited and I do not think I am the only one giddy about getting the chance to watch Tame Impala play some of their new material live.  This is a big deal to have them play this year as it sets a good precedent for future line-ups at Shaky Knees.
  2. The Pixies are basically the band that has been a major influence to many of the nominal indie-rock bands that have come out within the last 15-20 years. Formed in 1986, The Pixies have released five studio albums after the recent release of “Indie Cindy” (2014) and have been touring extensively since the release.  If you have not had a chance to see them live, this is one of your best chances to embrace the music of The Pixies.
  3. Neutral Milk Hotel announced late last year that they would be extending their final tour into 2015; this was great news for those who have not had a chance to see them on their swan song tour[1]. Founded in the late 1980s by Jeff Mangum, the band received critical acclaim for their style of music despite calling it quits in 1999 due to personal issues brought on by touring and other emotional and personal factors.  They announced in 2013 they would tour again with the lineup from the album, “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”.  If you missed their performance at Bonnaroo 2014, then you do not want to miss this chance of a lifetime to see them at the Shaky Knees Music Festival.
  4. The legendary British band, Ride, formed in 1988 and became one of the innovators of the ‘shoegaze’ movement during the early 1990s in the United Kingdom. The band called it quits in 1996 and went their separate ways, most notably Andy Bell became the bass player for Oasis.  The band announced earlier this year that it would reunite to play some very select dates in North America to a very pleased fan base.[2]  Only three North American dates have been confirmed thus far; 05/09/2015- Shaky Knees Music Festival, 06/02/2015- Toronto’s DanForth Music Hall, and 06/04/2015- New York City’s Terminal 5.  If this is a dream, please pinch me now because I feel that this has to be a daydream.
  5. TV on the Radio was formed in 2001 and has released many EPs and five studio albums since coming out onto the music scene. After a brief hiatus, March 2010- February 2011, the band would face adversity with the passing of longtime bassist Gerald Smith (died April 20, 2011) due to his battle with lung cancer.  The band would regroup and release their latest album, “Seeds”, in 2014 and announce a North American tour for the following year.  So far they have announced they are playing a few select southeastern dates; Asheville, Nashville, Gulf Shores (Hangout Festival), Tampa (Big Guava) and their scheduled performance at Shaky Knees.  A chance to see them might not happen again for some time, so do not miss this chance.
  6. Noah Benjamin Lennox, or better known to his fans as Panda Bear, is also playing this year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival. This is also really big news to have Panda Bear as part of this year’s lineup.  Lennox is best known for his work with the band Animal Collective, which he co-founded with some childhood friends in his native town of Baltimore, Maryland.  He released his first solo album, “Panda Bear” in 1999, since then he has released one EP and five studio albums under the moniker Panda Bear.  Check out the latest release “Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper” if you have not done so already.  So far, Panda Bear has announced only three southeastern dates; Nashville, Asheville and Shaky Knees which all fall in the month of May.

6 (Non-music related) reasons to attend Shaky Knees 2015:

  1. The price for this three day event (May 8th-10th, 2015) is valued at $215.00 plus TM fees. That is basically a little over $75 a day for a lineup that includes The Strokes, Wilco, Avett Brothers, Social Distortion, The Pixies, Tame Impala, Old Crow Medicine Show, James Blake, Manchester Orchestra, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave., Clutch, Interpol, Death From Above 1979, Panda Bear, Ryan Adams, and many more.  Single day tickets are also available at $99 + TM fees and V.I.P. packages start at $225 + TM fees (single day) to $599 + TM fees (3-day V.I.P. pass).
  2. The location of this year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival is located at Atlanta’s Central Park 400 Merritts Ave., NE Atlanta, Ga. 30308. Many hotels are located in this area which is very helpful for the masses that will descend upon Atlanta for the Shaky Knees Music Festival  Check out http://www.kayak.com for the latest prices and availability for area hotels before they book up for this weekend.
  3. Accessibility to Central Park is also something worth mentioning as it is five blocks east of the North MARTA rail station (0.6 miles NW) and easily accessible in the downtown area off Pine Street and Central Park Place. Plus with the addition of ride apps like Uber, the city of Atlanta is prepared for the transportation needs of the multitude of festival attendees for the Shaky Knees Music Festival. 
  4. One thing is for certain, everyone who attends this year’s Shaky Knees Music Festival is going to be hungry. Another point to mention is the variety of delicious food that will be offered on site from vendors representing all over the southeast who will set up in Central Park for the weekend.  Even outside the park, many local restaurants are within walking distance for your enjoyment.  Such Atlanta favorites like; Gladys Knight and Ron Winan’s Chicken and Waffles, Midtown Tavern, Poor Calvin’s, Aloha Asian Cuisine & Sushi, and the Mandarin Palace II are located within less than a mile from Central Park.
  5. The city of Atlanta, Ga. is also worth noting because of its rich history and very, friendly inhabitants. Take it from someone who used to live in the Peach City, she is a great place to live, love, and get Crunk.  Many festivals are now being held in the historic city of Atlanta or in the surrounding areas.  And it seems each year; they get better and better with both the line-up and accommodations.  Case in point, Shaky Knees Music Festival started in 2013 as a two day festival and has now grown into a three day event with a tremendous line-up that rivals many large festival lineups across North America.
  6. Lastly, I want to touch on one of the most important aspects of the Shaky Knees Music Festival. Making friends and keeping those connections.  Going to a festival is always exciting because of the significant gathering of like-minded, music fans from all over North America.  Like a melting pot of diversity, chances are you are going to meet up with friends you did not know you had at Shaky Knees.  Who doesn’t want to make new friends with similar interests?

So what are you waiting for?  I hope that the following reasons helped those of you who were on the fence about going or just needed a little extra push in the right direction.  Get your affairs in order and let’s meet up at the Shaky Knees Music Festival on May 8th-10th, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga. for quite possibly one of the best music festivals in North America this year.

[1] http://consequenceofsound.net/2014/12/neutral-milk-hotel-announce-final-leg-of-reunion-tour/     accessed 04/05/2015

[2] http://pitchfork.com/news/57511-ride-reunite-announce-world-tour/  accessed 04/05/2015

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