The mother of all neighborhood music festivals kicks off in about three days, and several noteworthy changes are afoot. Most significantly, Music Midtown 2014 attendees must pick a headliner to see, shuffle back and forth between two stages near 10th Street, or find a magical sweet spot where you can hear both artists equally in your two ears. To make this dual-headliner format feasible, the third stage added last year will be moved more toward the city, thankfully with the addition of video screens. That means, come 9 p.m. on Friday, John Mayer will be squaring off with Jack White at opposite ends of Piedmont Park. Ditto for Eminem and the Zac Brown Band on Saturday. Maybe this will cure the glut of over-served humanity stuffed near Park Tavern as night falls?
This year, the festival will up the number of entrances to five, including gateways near the Piedmont Park tennis courts, near the dog park and where the farmer's market usually sets up. Two gates will operate near Grady High School. Gates open at 4 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
Organizers have promised more portable restrooms. The above map seems to show that, with more relief options on both sides of Oak Hill, where the AT&T stage will rock, and possibly more near the dog park area.
Some other tidbits of note:
- Street closures will abound! Here's a map to keep track of them.
- A free bike valet will be available at Grady Circle.
- The last MARTA trains run at 1 a.m.
- You can't (legally) smoke anything in Atlanta's parks.
- The full Friday and Saturday schedules are here, with several overlaps of note. Who are you pumped to see — or skip?