Atlanta’s latest and greatest: the First Annual Shaky Beats Music Festival!

Show of hands: Who else is excited for the inaugural Shaky Beats Music Fest taking place in Atlanta, Georgia (the week after Shaky Knees Music Fest)?  Take a look at this line-up performing (May 20th-22nd, 2016 Centennial Olympic Park & International Plaza) at Shaky Beats: Odesza, Major Lazer, Big Gigantic, Nas, Porter Robinson, Chromeo, ZHU, Duke Dumont, and Cherub to name a select few.  I am interested to see how this festival utilizes the space in downtown Atlanta for the weekend destined to be filled with lights, bass, and tons of people dancing.  If only this line-up was on the grounds where the CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival (Kingston Downs, Georgia) has been held over the last few years.  Then camping would be allowed and more acts could be added to the bill giving a superb late night set of performances.  But that is just one guy speaking his opinion.  But can you imagine it?

So I have attempted to narrow down my Top 10 artists/bands that I am highlighting for this year’s Shaky Beats Music Fest.  This was extremely difficult to narrow it down to just ten artists/bands with the choices given to me but I feel that my Top 10 game is pretty strong.  What I can safely say, this weekend is going to make downtown Atlanta pretty incredible with all the lights and lasers that will be present.

Top 10 Artists

  1. Cherub– Oh Cherub, let me count the ways of how much I love thee. There is no way someone can listen to these guys (whether live or a digital recording) and stand still.  It’s impossible and if you do not believe me, then check them out this year at Shaky Beats.  If you do not dance uncontrollably, then come see me after the show and I will check your pulse because I think your vital signs may be dropping dangerously low.
  2. A$AP FERG– Atlanta has nothing but love for the A$AP Mob, so I am excited that A$AP Ferg made the line-up. This is what makes the line-up at Shaky Beats a great introduction to the city of Atlanta, a great blend of EDM and Hip-hop artists alike.  But also maintaining quality artists within the Hip-hop genre as performers.  I was a little disappointed that none of the A$AP Mob made the Bonnaroo bill this year, so this announcement was a treat for my taste.
  3. ZHU– Got to admit his track, Faded, has peek my interest and this is partly why he made my ‘watch list’. Other tracks have equally come across as worthy of mention such as Cocaine Model and The One.  Not a ‘one-hit wonder’ if you ask me and the booking of ZHU has major foresight as he will rise to the top of the festival circuit this year.  Once again, this will be a great performance and should be on your schedule this weekend.
  4. Porter Robinson– Since 2011 (Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, Electric Zoo, South by Southwest, and many more), this Chapel Hill, North Carolina native has been a dominant force on the festival circuit and well-known for his performances. And to have Robinson play the first-ever Shaky Beats is pretty much a big deal like Ron Burgundy.
  5. Chromeo– Pretty much word for word with what I said about Cherub can be inserted here for my boys, Chromeo. Seen them a few times previously and each time it was a major party.  You would be committing a major infraction against humanity if you missed Chromeo this weekend.  Don’t be that person.  Just between Chromeo, Cherub, Odesza, and Major Lazer alone these big four are worth a weekend trip to Atlanta with the undercard just icing on the bass cake.
  6. NAS– Ok so why is Nas on an artist to watch list? Yeah, I’m sure we all know who he is but how many can actually say you saw one of the G.O.A.T. Hip-hop lyricists? (Surveys the crowd) Yeah like I thought, not many out there.  So do yourself a service and make sure you make it to his time slot for what will be one of the best performances of the weekend.
  7. Major Lazer– Like all the artists on this list, it is a privilege to have Major Lazer perform at the inaugural Shaky Beats Music Fest. Diplo, Jillionaire, and Walshy Fire make up Major Lazer whose blend of EDM/reggae/dancehall/electronic/house/reggaetron is going to melt minds in downtown Atlanta.  This was a major win for the people at Shaky Beats and I am pretty excited to finally see Major Lazer.
  8. Odesza– Well where do I start about Odesza? Guess I will start at the time I saw Odesza at Bonnaroo (2015) and was completely blown away.  I had a feeling that they would be ‘pretty good’ based on the recordings I had heard beforehand.  But what I witnessed was something truly magical.  Truth be told, I am very picky when it comes to the EDM/electronica genre.  I grew up with artists like Portishead, Tricky, Underworld, and Massive Attack so I am not quick to jump in bed and praise just any EDM artist around based on ‘how hot they are’ at the moment.  But it was sort of like love at first note when I witnessed their set at Bonnaroo… so take my hand and follow me.  Prepare thyself for Odesza and cleanse your soul in the music.
  9. Yeasayer– This experimental rock/psychedelic pop Brooklyn-based (2006) band is no stranger to the festival circuit as well. Having played Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Music Festival, the Austin City Limits Festival, Coachella, Pinkpop, Lowlands, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch! Music Festival, the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the past, expect Yeasayer to perform one of the best sets this weekend.
  10. Aer– This fresh Indie Hip-hop/alternative/reggae/pop duo from Wayland, MA (2011) had a very memorable set at Music Midtown (2014), so I am excited to see them at a more electronica heavy festival in Atlanta. This line-up is already stacked full of a good time, so why not make the most if it and catch Aer’s performance this weekend at Shaky Beats.

Now of course, these are just a few picks from a very stacked line-up makes it very difficult to sift through, so your choices may differ.  But that’s okay because it’s all about individuality and personal taste.  Many other of the artists that were not mentioned are going to be on my watch as well because it is just too hard to choose sometime.  Also, to assist you as a festival goer I have compiled some vital information to make your trip to Atlanta and the Shaky Beats Music Fest as easy as possible.  Links to important information, admission information, location, accessibility, parking, and lodging will be discussed below.

 Festival Information-

A festival map is coming soon to the website.  Stay tuned to their webpage or app for further details.  Festival Gates open at 4:00 PM on Friday, 2:00 PM on Saturday, and 1:30 PM on Sunday

General information and questions can be found here.  Email here if you have any further questions or concerns that cannot be answered on their FAQs.

Tickets- (Must be 18 years old to attend and 21 years old to purchase VIP tickets)

3-day General admission tickets ($162 for advanced 3-day, $185 for regular 3-day, and $77-93 for single-day ticket- Coming Soon!) include one Shaky Beats Music Festival wristband, access to 40+ bands on three stages, a festival food court with many of Atlanta’s favorites plus some great out of town vendors, an art market, various sponsor attractions around the park, access to all bars & concessions, free access to all water stations, cooling areas, and shade structures.

3-day VIP tickets ($512 for advanced VIP 3-day, $614 for regular 3-day, and $257 for VIP single-day ticket- Coming Soon!) include one Shaky Beats Music Festival wristband, unlimited access to the VIP Lounge, access to a viewing platform overlooking the stages, complimentary beer and wine, access to a cash liquor bar, appetizers served twice daily, relaxed lounge seating, a reserved air conditioned restroom area, and access to all the general admission areas as well.


Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

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MARTA- take the West Line to the Philips Arena/Dome/GWCC Station (W-1), or take the North Line to Peachtree Center (N-1), and follow the signs to Centennial Olympic Park.

Driving directions-

From the Airport and the South- Take I-75/85 North to the Andrew Young International Boulevard exit (Exit 248C). Turn left onto Andrew Young International Boulevard. Turn left onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Cross Marietta Street and go past CNN Center and the Philips Arena. Turn right onto Andrew Young Intl, once you make that left the Deck will be on the Right

From the North- Take I-75/85 South to Williams Street (Exit 249C). Turn right onto Baker Street. At first traffic light turn left onto Centennial Olympic Park Drive. Follow Centennial Olympic Park Drive until you cross Marietta Street and go past CNN Center and the Philips Arena. Turn right onto Andrew Young Intl, once you make that right the Deck will be on the right

From the West- Take I-20 East to Spring Street (Exit 56B). Turn left onto Spring Street and then left on to Mitchell Street. After the first light you’ll make a right on Mangum Street. Parking in the GWCC Red Parking Deck will be on the right prior to the security gates at the bottom of the hill.

From the East- Take I-20 West to Spring Street (Exit 56B). Turn right onto Spring Street and then left on to Mitchell Street. After the first light you’ll make a right on Mangum Street. Parking in the GWCC Red Parking Deck will be on the right prior to the security gates at the bottom of the hill.


Single day parking is available for 05/20, 05/21, 05/22, and also a 3 day package.


Since Shaky Beats Music Fest is not a camping festival, more than likely you will need to find a place to crash after each day.

Get $20 off your first time using Airbnb by using this link.

If you prefer to stick to hotels in the downtown Atlanta area, Shaky Beats Music Fest has teamed up with select hotels in the area to offer discounted rates for their ticket holders.  When you use this link, $2 per room night is donated to Songs for Kids Foundation.  This offer is limited to a select amount of rooms per participating hotel, get yours booked before they are all gone.  If you miss out on this great deal, check out Kayak for some more deals.

Time is ticking away.  Don’t waste this valuable time you could be using to book your weekend in the lovely city of Atlanta for the inaugural, Shaky Beats Music Festival.  Do not let this opportunity pass you by or you might regret it.  You can follow this link to my personal Shaky Beats Music Festival MYFEST page and see who I am making sure to catch on this amazing weekend.  Look for me in the crowd and say hello!  Don’t forget to follow Concerthopper on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  And follow my personal concert hopping on Instagram also.  As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!


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