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Music Midtown Unveils Schedules, Map, New Stage

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The Grand Poobah of Atlanta music festivals is back next week with a modified layout and the promise of dueling performances. Music Midtown 2015 will see the introduction of a fourth stage near Piedmont Park's Lake Clara Meer, doubling the number of performance areas the festival had during its 2011 comeback headlined by Coldplay.

This year also marks the return of the overlapping-headliner format. Which means that Elton John and Drake will both cap off Friday night, on main stages next to 10th Street that face each other, but on opposite sides of the park. And Saturday pits Sam Smith against Van Halen in the same positions. The overlapping performances are a common crowd-dispersing measure at major music festivals, but it could present more difficult decisions for concert-goers. Such as: Do I watch Panic! at the Disco or Run The Jewels? Hall & Oates or Billy Idol? Et cetera …

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THE SCHEDULE

Fri., Sept. 18

The Electric Ballroom Stage

4:45-5:45 p.m. Kodaline
6:45-8 p.m. Hozier
9:30-11 p.m. Drake

The Honda Stage

5:45-6:45 p.m. August Alsina
8-9:30 p.m. Alice in Chains

The Belk Stage

4:30-5:15 p.m. Vinyl Theatre
5:45-6:30 p.m. Tove Lo
7:15-8:15 p.m. Jenny Lewis
9:00-11:00 p.m. Elton John

The Cotton Club Stage

5:15-5:45 p.m. Jamie N Commons
6:30-7:15 p.m. Elliot Moss
8:15-9 p.m. Metric


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Sat., Sept. 19

The Electric Ballroom Stage

1-1:45 p.m. Colony House
2:30-3:15 p.m. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
4:30-5:45 p.m. Daryl Hall & John Oates
6:45-8 p.m. Run The Jewels
9:30-11 p.m. Sam Smith


The Honda Stage

1:45-2:30 p.m. X Ambassadors
3:15-4:30 p.m. Airborne Toxic Event
5:45-6:45 p.m. Icona Pop
8:00-9:30 p.m. Lenny Kravitz

The Belk Stage

2-2:45 p.m. New Politics
3:15-4:15 p.m. Elle King
5:00-6 p.m. Billy Idol
6:45-8 p.m. Panic! At The Disco
9-11 p.m. Van Halen

The Cotton Club Stage

2:45-3:15 p.m. Alessia Cara
4:15-5 p.m. Rozzi Crane
6-6:45 p.m. Catfish and the Bottlemen
8-9 p.m. Vance Joy

· Music Midtown 2014: Reflections, Photos & One Cussing Preacher [Curbed Atlanta]
· Music Midtown's leader speaks [Creative Loafing]
· Music Midtown 411 [Site]