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Music Midtown 2017 in Atlanta: What you need to know

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Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Future, Weezer on tap for city’s most eclectic major festival.

A map for Music Midtown 2017 in Atlanta.
The four-stage arrangement returns for ‘17.
Music Midtown

For the second year running, Atlanta’s preeminent music fest will overtake Piedmont Park for an entire weekend, beginning at high noon Saturday, with an eclectic lineup heavy on hip-hop, time-tested rock, and stomping folksy acts.

Music Midtown ‘17 is scheduled as planned in storm-battered Atlanta, highlighted by showstopper Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Future, blink-182, and fresher faces such as Wiz Khalifa, Bastille, and Haim.

The four-stage arrangement returns with a corporate sponsor at the main venue and what looks like, judging by the official map, a shift of larger acts to what’d been the festival’s smallest stage, now called Roxy.

None of the ticketing options—two-day general admission for $145, VIP for $600, or Super VIP for $1,750—appear to be sold out.

Here’s the 411:

New conveniences:

  • Expect onsite lockers with built-in cellphone chargers, offered for reservations beforehand for $25 to $35. Also, a new cashless, wristband system of payment will allow for quicker transactions that ensure patrons can easily hemorrhage money.

Arrival via MARTA:

  • For those taking the train, MARTA’s Midtown and Arts Center Stations on the Red and Gold rail lines are the closest options, each located a few blocks west of the fest. Find the closest free MARTA parking lot at Lindbergh Center Station on the Red and Gold lines.

Biking options:

  • A free bike valet is being offered at the festival’s 10th Street Gate, near Grady High School.

Parking options:

  • Fuhgeddaboudit
Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard performs during Music Midtown’s closing night last year.
Curbed Atlanta

Don’t bring:

  • Backpacks
  • CamelBaks
  • Bags larger than 10 inches, by 10 inches, by 10 inches
  • Hammocks
  • Coolers
  • Fido
  • Drones
  • Selfie sticks, umbrellas, or baby strollers
  • Your drunk buddy with a penchant for hollering, “Free Bird!”

...

Allowed:

  • Binoculars
  • Blankets
  • One sealed (or empty) bottle of water
  • Purses and small, drawstring bags
  • Squeals

...

Expect:

  • Enhanced security this year
  • Banjoes
  • Shoutouts to Kirkwood from Future—and to Stockbridge from Collective Soul

A broader view of the festival layout:

LINEUP & SET TIMES

Saturday:

Doors open at noon.

The Salesforce Stage (nearest Park Tavern)

1:30-2:30 p.m: Dua Lipa

3:30-4:30 p.m: Vintage Trouble

5:30-6:30 p.m: Tove Lo

7:30-8:30 p.m: Big Sean

9:30-11 p.m: Bruno Mars

...

The Roxy Stage (nearest Piedmont Park’s lake)

1:45-2:30 p.m: Daye Jack

3:30-4:30 p.m: PVRIS

5:30-6:30 p.m: Milky Chance

7:30-8:30 p.m: Weezer

9:30-11:00 p.m: blink-182

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The Honda Stage (opposite the main stage, deepest into the park)

2:30-3:30 p.m: Bibi Bourelly

4:30-5:30 p.m: Oh Wonder!

6:30-7:30 p.m: The Strumbellas

8:30-9:30 p.m: Wiz Khalifa

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The Cotton Club Stage (nearest to 10th Street, farthest from Park Tavern)

2:30-3:30 p.m: Sunflower Bean

4:30-5:30 p.m: AJR

6:30-7:30 p.m: BROODS

8:30-9:30 p.m: The Naked And Famous

MM ‘16.
Curbed Atlanta

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Sunday:

Doors open at noon.

The Salesforce Stage

12:30-1:30 p.m: Circa Waves

2:30-3:30 p.m: COIN

4:30-5:30 p.m: Collective Soul

6:30-7:30 p.m: Haim

8:30-10:30 p.m: Mumford & Sons

...

The Roxy Stage

12:30-1:30 p.m: Midnight Larks

2:30-3:30 p.m: MISSIO

4:30-5:30 p.m: Zara Larsson

6:30-7:30 p.m: Young The Giant

8:30-9:45 p.m: Future

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The Honda Stage

1:30-2:30 p.m: Hiss Golden Messenger

3:30-4:30 p.m: Judah & The Lion

5:30-6:30 p.m: Two Door Cinema Club

7:30-8:30 p.m: Bastille

...

The Cotton Club Stage

1:30-2:30 p.m: Trippie Redd

3:30-4:30 p.m: Joywave

5:30-6:30 p.m: Lizzo

7:30-8:30 p.m: Russ