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Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Music Festival 2017 recapped in 26 photos

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After fifth year, Atlanta’s other mega music festival appears to have found a cozy home in Centennial Olympic Park

Moon Taxi’s Trevor Terndrup feeling the Shaky vibes in Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday evening.
Moon Taxi’s Trevor Terndrup feeling the Shaky vibes in Centennial Olympic Park on Saturday evening.
Photos: Josh Green, Curbed Atlanta

Five years after its rain-soaked and remarkably smaller debut, the Shaky Knees Music Festival jammed for three straight days this past weekend with what most attendees seemed to agree was clockwork precision.

Two large stages were subtracted for the 2017 showing, allowing for what festival heads were calling a more intimate experience within the boundaries of Centennial Olympic Park. Yet there was no crush—or half-hour bathroom waits. Just good vibes aplenty and cooperative weather.

The main gripe—because Atlanta music festivals can never be totally perfect, it seems—was the overlapping time slots of two high-powered stages set within a minutes-long walk of each other, which created a sonic mishmash for anyone not willing to get close to performers. Otherwise, Shaky Knees was again on solid ground.

Some images from across a long weekend of eclectic music below:

Dedication.
The cranes of swiftly changing Midtown provided a compelling backdrop for the Shaky Knees main stage all weekend.
Photos: Josh Green, Curbed Atlanta
Ominous skies on Friday evening brought merely a sprinkling of predicted thunderstorms.
Highly Suspect on Friday afternoon.
Surf’s up during FIDLAR’s raucous Friday set.
FIDLAR.
The ubiquitous “Surrender The Booty” flag flutters for Sylvan Esso on Saturday afternoon.
Atlanta artist Greg Mike painted this 40-foot mural across all three festival days. Friday here.
Saturday.
Sunday, finished.
Pixies.
Pixies.
Show-stealers Moon Taxi wove the Braves’ rally cry into a cover of “Another Brick in the Wall.”
X Ambassadors.
Bleachers.
With the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce building wiped out, college football enthusiasts had clear sight lines all weekend to gyrating stoners. The revamped park should provide an even more apt venue for large-scale festivals.
The Shins’ chill set on Sunday evening.

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