Eyebrows raised when the sprawling layout for Shaky Knees and Beats’ first downtown experience emerged last year.
It was a five-stage affair spanning basically from the Georgia Aquarium to the Georgia Dome. Two stages were accessed via a somewhat harrowing bridge over Marietta Street.
In 2017, that’s all changed.
Following its dance-centric counterpart held this past weekend, the fifth annual Shaky Knees Festival will be a more consolidated, three-stage experience within Centennial Olympic Park itself this year.
Music kicks off at 11:45 a.m. Friday and closes with arty French rockers Phoenix from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Festival reps tell Curbed Atlanta the layout changes were the result of popular demand: “Fans gave feedback that they wanted the venue to be more intimate. We listened.”
Restrooms and food vendors have been added and arranged to accommodate the layout, officials said.
Headliners this year include LCD Soundsystem, the xx, Pixies, Cage the Elephant, The Shins, Ryan Adams, plus dozens of other acts.
Following the Interstate 85 meltdown, festival heads are stressing the importance of MARTA and ridesharing like never before.
Centennial Olympic Park is a quick walk from both Peachtree Center and the Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center transit stations.
Here’s a closer look at the stage arrangement and overall layout:
- Photos: 5-Stage Shaky Knees Rocked Downtown Atlanta [Curbed; 2016]