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Music Midtown 2016: expect key changes, large crowds

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For the first time since festival’s rebirth, it’s a Saturday and Sunday affair

When daytime temperatures start slipping towards bearable, it signals that Atlanta’s predominant music festival is about to melt eardrums again in Piedmont Park.

Music Midtown returns for a sixth installment since its 2011 rebirth this weekend, again bringing four stages across a majority of the southern and eastern flanks of the park. But new this year is the timing.

For the first time in recent years, MM will be a Saturday and Sunday affair (football be damned), allowing for two full days of (millennial-friendly) performances and subtracting the need for people to race in from work on Friday afternoons.

The move to Sunday appears to have curfew repercussions, too, with main-attraction The Killers being relegated to a 90-minute set that’s supposed to end at 10 p.m. Twenty One Pilots will be allowed to take it to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Beyond those acts, highlights include Beck, Deadmau5, The Lumineers, G-Eazy, Alabama Shakes, Band of Horses, Big Boi, CHVCHES, Ke$ha, and more. Tickets for both days are $135. VIP is much more.

Be warned: Atlanta police issued a press release headlined, "LARGE CROWDS EXPECTED FOR MUSIC MIDTOWN EVENT" that specifically warns attendees against illegally parking in neighborhoods surrounding the park. As always, officials encourage MARTA use. The park is maybe a 10-minute walk from MARTA’s Midtown Station.

The below map will point you toward the proper entrance, and then stages once inside:

And here’s the full slate of aural goodness:

Piedmont Park

400 Park Drive Northeast, , GA 30306 (404) 875-7275 Visit Website