Weezer covered OutKast’s “Hey Ya!”, Bastille did TLC’s “No Scrubs”, and Wiz Khalifa spent about half an hour extolling the virtues of cannabis.
Those were but a few highlights from a rollicking Music Midtown 2017, which overtook Atlanta’s premier greenspace this past weekend with the largest crowds (and lines) seen in years, especially on Saturday night.
Unlike last year (and 2013), the two-day fest ducked issues with rain, though the heat became a bit much during afternoon sets. For the second year running, MM was a weekend-long affair, consuming both Saturday and Sunday—and closing with confetti cannons at Mumford & Sons, who’d welcomed trio HAIM onstage for a song earlier.
As usual, artists seemed genuinely enthused to perform before such crowds in an urban setting. Detroit rapper Big Sean called Atlanta one of the best cities on the planet; Marcus Mumford said Atlanta feels like home; and marquee draw Bruno Mars described the crowd against the skyline as being among the prettiest things he’s seen, to paraphrase.
A few highlights:
- Music Midtown ‘16: revelry, mud, and a brief evacuation [Curbed Atlanta]