Photo by Cayla Vanderzanden
Music Midtown takes hold of Atlanta
Music Midtown dominated the city of Atlanta, at Piedmont Park, on September 18th and 19th. The festival continues to be a tradition. This year, 2015, happened to be the fifth continuous year of its occurrence in Georgia. Music Midtown included thirty unique acts that revolved entirely around four separate stages.
The four stages included; the Electric Ballroom Stage, the Honda Stage, the Cotton Club Stage, and the Belk Stage. The festival occurred on both Friday and Saturday. Friday night encompassed cool weather and a fairly small amount of performances.Saturday ended as a full day of raging music and eighty degree weather. Friday’s lineup included; Vinyl Theatre, Kodaline, Jamie N Commons, August Alsina, Tove Lo Elliot Moss, Hozier, Jenny Lewis, Alice In Chains, Metric, Elton John, and Drake. Saturday’s lineup included Colony House, X Ambassadors, New Politics, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Alessia Cara, The Airborne Toxic Event, Elle King, Rozzi Crane, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Billy Idol, Icona Pop, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Run The Jewels, Panic! at The Disco, Lenny Kravitz, Vance Joy, Van Halen, and Sam Smith.
Music Midtown always ends with raving reviews from the attendees. However, some fans wait around for hours for particular artists and a number of crowds get slightly hostile. The Drake concert, in particular, consisted of an hour of severe shoving. The festival also deals with audience suffering from dehydration, low blood sugar, and alcohol poising.
Every single act got stand out reviews. The X Ambassadors included Sam Harris, lead vocalist, and pianist, Casey Harris. The two were brothers and they dominated the stage. The brothers used water to cool down the audience. Billy Idol’s guitarist, Steve Stevens, stole the stage with his leather pants and long black hair. The two artists were a brilliant duo and brought the audience back in time. Panic at the Disco, a Las Vegas based band, had fans shouting “Pa-nic! Pa-nic!”, moments before they went on. The overall favorites were alleged to be the X ambassadors and Elton John. Overall, the entire festival was a triumph and will be taking place again next year.