After seven years, Shaky Knees has cemented itself among the pantheon of large-scale local music festivals—joining Music Midtown, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, SweetWater 420 Fest, and others—and grown into a showcase of dazzling, global talent in an urban setting.
Returning for the third time to Old Fourth Ward’s Central Park, where Music Midtown was held in the early aughts, Shaky Knees 7 skirted the threat of Saturday downpours and some hiccups with wristband payment systems to prove itself a relatively fan-friendly experience again.
Highlights included a mesmerizing, psychedelic set by Australian group Tame Impala, which crowd size indicated was clearly the weekend’s main draw. Another highpoint was the overall diversity of music, ranging from blues, 1980s nostalgia, to twangy, soulful country and whatever genre San Francisco’s hard-charging Oh Sees inhabits. Urbanophiles of Atlanta were likely tickled by a surprise onstage diss of Cobb County by homegrown band Deerhunter.
Below are some photographic highlights from across three full days of music in the heart of Atlanta.