The third incarnation of the reborn Music Midtown festival will fittingly include a third stage this year — aka, "The Roxy" — positioned in the Oak Hill area of Piedmont Park. According to the above map, this new stage will stand near the western edge of Lake Clara Meer, facing the level grassy area at the bottom of the hill. Let's hope this helps thin the crowds and frees up portable toilets and food/drink lines, especially on Saturday. We're permanently scarred from last year's public pissing exposition and subsequent urine swamp. (If you were there, you know it got downright primal). Speaking of Saturday, single-day tickets for that relentless 10-hour show — with a lineup including hometown favorites the Black Lips, Tegan and Sara, Capital Cities, Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Queens of the Stone Age and headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers — are sold out. It's not clear exactly how many tickets were sold.
Other notable changes include new entrances to the big shindig, an enhanced slate of food trucks and what's rumored to be a beer-centric hot-air balloon. Take note:
· Gates: This year's fest will offer three entrances: The Charles Allen Gate "main gate" is located at the corner of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive; The Park Drive Gate is available to attendees streaming in from Monroe and Park Drives; and The Lake Side Gate is accessible at the 12th and 14th street entrances into Piedmont Park.
· Road closure: Don't expect to drive on 10th Street between Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive between Friday afternoon and 4 a.m. Monday.
· Items allowed: "One factory-sealed bottle of water or one empty reusable water bottle that can be filled for free ... Non-professional recording, point-and-shoot photography equipment and towels and blankets." Also allowed: joy, fellowship and hippy dancin'.
· NOT allowed: Laser pointers (damn it!) Grills. Cameras with detachable lenses, etc.
How does all of this sound to you, Atlantans? Do you favor the new layout? The lineups?
Also, we're interested to hear your take on ... "The Most Epic Moments In Music Midtown History" for a Curbed post later this week. Let the nostalgia flow!
· Additional information [Music Midtown 2013]