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Photo roundup: Music Midtown ‘17 rocks Piedmont Park

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Atlanta-centric covers (and Bruno Mars’ stage) highlight latest incarnation of Music Midtown, which logged massive crowds.

A fitting skyline backdrop at the Music Midtown Roxy stage.
A fitting skyline backdrop at the Music Midtown Roxy stage.
Photos: Curbed Atlanta

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:

The Roxy stage crowd goes bananas for Weezer.
Photos: Curbed Atlanta
Trivia: Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s grandparents live in Peachtree City, where his mother hails from.
Guitarist and vocalist Brian Bell.
Patrick Wilson, drummer.
Evening falls Saturday across a gargantuan crowd estimated at more than 75,000, per security.
Alisa Xayalith fronting New Zealand indie-electronic outfit The Naked and Famous.
Wiz Khalifa rocks the Honda stage.
Bruno Mars’ dazzling Saturday set included what was probably the most elaborate stage—and certainly the most pyro—at Music Midtown since the festival reemerged in 2011.
The Strumbellas.
Occasionally deploying confetti cannons, Mumford & Sons closed the proceedings Sunday night.

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