Atlanta's most mobile music festival is set to overtake another new venue next weekend — to a degree no other fest has before.
A map for this year's rock-focused Shaky Knees illustrates how the festival will basically consume the southwestern flank of downtown between May 13 and 15, with five stages spanning from near the Georgia Aquarium, past CNN and Philips Arena, to the greenspace outside the Georgia Dome.
The move also puts Shaky Knees at the doorstep of MARTA.
Like SweetWater 420 Fest and Music Midtown, Shaky Knees has climbed into the ranks of national music attractions in recent years.
Since its humbler beginnings in a weekend-long downpour in 2013, Shaky Knees has hopscotched around Atlanta, from Historic Fourth Ward Park, to Atlantic Station, to a sprawling layout in Central Park, and now to downtown's central gathering place, Centennial Olympic Park.
In the process, Shaky Knees has swollen from a 27-band bill to three days with more than 72 performers, including heavy-hitters this year Florence + The Machine, Jane's Addiction, and My Morning Jacket, whose lyrics inspired the festival's name.
If other, similar festivals are any indication, Shaky's new location should spell millions for downtown businesses and hotels, if they can stomach that much widespread, aural stimulation.
- Atlanta's Growing Music Festivals (and the Money They Bring) [Curbed Atlanta]