There is something really breathtaking about having a music festival located at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia. If you have never had the opportunity to walk these grounds nor enjoy some tunes by some talented artists at the park, then you are in for a great time at this year’s Music Midtown (September 18th & 19th, 2015). This year’s headliners are indeed some major acts, although I admit that they took a turn from previous years with this announcement, which includes; Elton John, Drake, Van Halen (FYI- it is really Van Halen and not Van Hagar), and Sam Smith rounding out the top billing. That is four Grammy winners as headliners for this year’s event… granted you may not be a fan of all four, this is still a tremendous honor for Music Midtown to be able to grab these quality artists/bands as their main four. As a Music Midtown vet, I really love it when I see one of my local festivals grow over the years and have the prospect of becoming one of the premiere late summer festivals in the Southeastern region.
As in the past few years at Music Midtown, the undercard is once again another strong attribute to their lineup with Tove Lo, Run The Jewels, The Airborne Toxic Event, Kodaline, Catfish and the Bottlemen, X Ambassadors, Elle King, and Colony House (to name a few of the outstanding acts scheduled). This only breaks the tip of the proverbial iceberg as I have left out many other acts that I personally like… check out the lineup and decide for yourself. Yeah you saw that correctly, Hozier, Panic! At The Disco, Jenny Lewis, and Lenny Kravitz (to name a few more) are also on this year’s bill. With a lineup as strong as this already set for Music Midtown, it is pretty safe to say that this year’s turn out will be huge. ‘Like’ the Music Midtown Facebook page and/or keep informed by visiting the main website for the latest announcements concerning this year’s event. So far here is my Top 12 Not to miss at this year’s Music Midtown:
- Elton John
- Van Halen
- Run The Jewels
- Tove Lo
- The Airborne Toxic Event
- Catfish and the Bottlemen
- Jenny Lewis
- X Ambassadors
- Elle King
- Colony House
- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
To alleviate some of the major issues like how to find a place to stay, how to travel to and from Piedmont Park, and what is the best ticket for you as a festival goer… I am going to outline some possibilities to assist you in your travel plans. First off, let us discuss the ticket/wristband situation for this year’s event. For the first time, wristbands are being issued to improve upon some of the issues that arose from scanning tickets over the last few years. This will help with entry as it has at many other larger festivals that have adopted the wristband policy. One major thing to keep in mind with a wristband; yes you are allowed to exit the festival with re-entry at any time but you MUST scan your wristband when coming in initially and when leaving as well. If you do not scan upon exiting, it will not work properly for your re-entry. Small price to pay for easier access to Music Midtown but then again this is not an unusual policy to administer. The limited amount of Early Bird tickets were released and have since sold out, so this only leaves three options for you: General Admission prices may increase closer to the event ($125.00), V.I.P. ($600.00), and Super V.I.P. wristbands ($1200.00).
For V.I.P. wristband holders, you receive some major perks such as; dedicated entrances, preferred viewing areas at the Electric Ballroom, Honda, and Belk Stages, exclusive lounge with access to complimentary beer, wine, and food concessions, private air-conditioned restrooms, and the first opportunity to purchase V.I.P. in 2016 as quantities are limited each year. Super V.I.P. wristband holders have some extra added benefits from the standard V.I.P. wristbands like valet parking, air-conditioned luxury lounge located at the Electric Ballroom Stage, full open bar, access to specialty catering provided by Zac Brown’s Southern Ground, transportation between the Electric Ballroom Stage and the Belk Stage, and a Music Midtown tee and poster.
Next let us look at transportation to and from Piedmont Park “as all patrons are encouraged to bicycle, walk, UBER or take MARTA” to the event according to the Music Midtown website. There is no parking at the festival but plenty of options thanks to the city of Atlanta plus UBER. There is also valet bicycle parking which will be located at 10th Street adjacent to the Grady High School Stadium. Remember that valet parking for automobiles are available for those who decide to purchase the Super V.I.P. wristband package. If you choose to use UBER, by downloading the app and using the promo code MUSICMIDTOWN2015, the patron will receive $20 off their first Uber ride. If you are familiar with MARTA, then you are able to get to Piedmont Park via the Midtown & Arts Center Stations on the RED & GOLD Lines. The closest free MARTA parking lots is the Lindbergh Center Station on the RED & GOLD Lines. And lastly if you live very close to Piedmont Park, then you can join us by walking or riding your bicycle by taking the Beltline Eastside Trail from Inman Park or the Old Fourth Ward straight into Piedmont Park. As stated previously, bicycle valets are located on 10th Street between the Charles Allen Gate & the Grady High School Stadium.
Lastly, let us look at some options for accommodations around the Midtown area in Atlanta, Georgia. There are two great options to choose from: Airbnb and Kayak. Either way you will find the best possible place to stay and some very affordable rates. Personally, I believe that choosing the Airbnb is the way to go. If you have never looked into this site, please do so before it gets closer to September as these spots will fill up quick. Your last choice should be relying on booking a hotel/motel through Kayak, in my opinion, since you have the option of staying at someone’s personal home and/or rental property in Midtown Atlanta. Least with Airbnb, you have the option of feeling like you are home with all or most of the amenities you would be accustomed to by staying at someone’s home. Also, remember to take plenty of cash on hand! Yes there will be ATMs on site and yes those same ATMs will include a fee that rivals such companies as Ticketmaster, etc. Some of the vendors will accept debit/credit cards but once again that is only some of the vendors. Best to be prepared for anything.
I hope to see you at the park this year come September for what looks to be one hell of a weekend full of great artists/bands, good friends, food and beverages (adult and non-adult), great vendors with lots of merchandise, and even better- the lovely city of Atlanta, Georgia. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this article and I only hope it can help sway your decision to come join us at Music Midtown (September 18th & 19th, 2015) at Piedmont Park. Don’t forget to like/follow ConcertHopper.com on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay well-informed on all the exciting news forthcoming! We appreciate all your support… every single one of you! Thank you!