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Sound off on the return of Music Midtown

Now that you know the lineup, the date and the place, what are your thoughts on Music Midtown returning?

Here’s the full story in case you need a recap.

And along with the acts noted in the story, other performers are Young the Giant, The Constellations and Mona and The Postelles.

Tickets are on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. July 16 via, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Those holding a Citi credit card will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. July 11 through Citi’s Private Pass Program.

18 comments Add your comment

Elliot Garcia

July 6th, 2011
4:03 pm

Black Keys are awesome!! the rest of the lineup? blah…


July 6th, 2011
5:10 pm

Agreed. Rest of the lineup is weak with no diversity. Gonna be like a high school prom. We really need Alex Cooley back to make this festival legit with legitimate musical acts.


July 6th, 2011
5:29 pm

YAY Black Keys!!


July 6th, 2011
5:45 pm

YES! About freakin’ time!


July 6th, 2011
6:13 pm

Lame line-up. One decent act, paying $55 to be sold overpriced swill, no thanks.


July 6th, 2011
6:27 pm

The Green Concert raised funds for the Piedmont Park Conservancy to help with the costs of making the park what it is today. Does this replace the Green Concert? Who gets the money?


July 6th, 2011
7:04 pm

With all of the memories of 2001-2004, I was really excited to hear music midtown was coming back. That excitement died when I saw the price of 55.00 for one day. Thats the entire reason music midtown died in the first place. They raised the prices, got rid of any big names, then wondered why no one showed up.


July 6th, 2011
7:22 pm

The City has to OK any ticketed, gated event in a public park… and in the past they’ve turned down “for profit” such events for fear that a public space would turn into an enterprise’s cheap rental venue with little benefit to the public together with known risks to a non-hardscape site. Are we NOT going to have a Green Concert in 2011? What is Music Midtown’s public charitable purpose? Dogwood, Arts Festival, Pride, etc. are at least free and open to all. The DMB Green Concert raised over $1 million for the park’s expansion. Why are we going down this road in our crown jewel public park when the City relies principally on the Conservancy’s money and efforts to maintain it?

david c

July 6th, 2011
8:22 pm

This is just another LIVE NATION attempt to cash in on the the glory of a once great Atlanta event. $55 tickets, with a $23-$25 service charge should make Conlon and crew very happy. Please just call it something else.

anthony t

July 7th, 2011
8:34 am

where is the diversity. should of had at least one r and b and maybe a raggae group or artist….. this is atlanta ga.

Lady M

July 7th, 2011
3:50 pm

Guys, they’re starting the Festival off small so hopefully it will build back up to be big like it was in its heyday. There are only two stages because that’s probably all that will fit in their area of the park. $1 from every ticket goes to Centers of Hope, a program near and dear to Mayor Reed’s heart. I’m sure funds will also go towards the Conservancy. The idea (like the green concerts) is to leave the park in better condition that in it was before, and I trust that the city will make sure that happens. Let this thing be successful in this small phase and it will grow and be what you all want it to be. Plus, $55 for a whole bunch of bands, including a big name like Coldplay (like ‘em or not) is a great bargain. I paid $55 for ONE ticket to see a show Philips Arena, and that was only ONE band.


July 7th, 2011
6:16 pm

David C’s post july 6th got it right


July 8th, 2011
10:42 am

From the story:
“This all started as three stages over two days,” Conlon said last week in an exclusive interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at Empire State South in Midtown, not far from the site of the festival’s glory years.

Either Conlon has a poor memory or he’s trying to spin history here. The first Music Midtown, which my wife and I attended, had SIX stages and was held over THREE days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). That’s taken directly from the printed Festival Guide, which I still have. And it featured what I thought was a GREAT lineup — all for less than $50 for the whole weekend, if I recall correctly. This latest incarnation looks like a pale shadow in comparison.

Cynthia Harden

July 8th, 2011
10:48 am

YEAH!!! I’t’s about time I have so missed going every year never missed. but what is this one day thing used to last for days but it’s a start i’m not complaining. Thank you whoever for bringing it back. It’s been missed and so needed


July 8th, 2011
4:39 pm

It’s exciting to have Music Midtown back….even in a smaller, more expensive form.

But the continued use of a public park for private events that most people can’t afford to attend is wrong. It’s a public park and it should be used for free, public events. In addition, these types of events attract a lot of non-residents to the area, who trash the park and the neighborhood.


July 9th, 2011
10:49 am

I guess I’m glad to see it back, but I’m not optimistic that it will ever be great again. I attended EVERY Music Midtown from 1994 to 2003. I skipped 2004 and 2005…2004 because the line-up was WEAK, and 2005 because, if I’m not mistaken, they moved the date from the traditional 1st weekend in May, to June…the same weekend as Bonnaroo, where 80,000 diehard music fans had convened. And they wondered why attendance was off?

From Wikipedia:
“Cooley and Conlon sold their company, Concert/Southern Promotions, to Clear Channel Communications’ subsidiary SFX Entertainment in 1998. In November 2004, Alex Cooley was released by Clear Channel Entertainment in part due to his unsuccessful assimilation into the corporate culture.”

I honestly believe that the departure of Alex Cooley was the beginning of the end for Music Midtown. The diversity, and quality, of the line-up went downhill fast. I really think Alex Cooley was the heart and soul of Music Midtown…he was all about bringing in the best, most diverse, musical line-up available. But I’m afraid Mr. Conlan is all about making bank (kinda like Jive Nation!). I wouldn’t be surprised if Conlan were to add Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber to the line-up

Line-up so far is WEAK. I’m not excited…Jive Nation is not about creating great music festivals, they’re all about making bank. Like I said, I’m glad it’s back, but I’m not optimistic that it will EVER return to it’s glory days with Jive Nation running the show.

Alex Cooley…where are you?

Happy Man

July 10th, 2011
1:03 pm

I can’t believe how many whiners are out there.. if you don’t like the concert then don’t go! If you heard what they said “this is not the old music midtown”.. they are trying to start over. Stop comparing to the past. Stop crying about what bands you would want too.. these are solid bands and I’m sure there will be over 40,000 people there.

Mark T

July 12th, 2011
8:38 am

I never was able to attend an old Music Midtown but I am happy to see it return. Piedmont Park is the best outdoor spot in the city to hold a festival so hopefully this will become a staple there after this year. It sucks it takes so much to get a show there though…seems REALLY difficult, I’m sure any big band that shows up to the city and would like to play there has to go through a *ton* of stuff making it really hard.

Anyway, $55 for these bands is a great deal. I know it was cheaper back then but face it, there’s no CHEAP festivals anywhere these days with big mainstream acts. Bonnaroo is $250 and I consider that a great deal for 4 days (I’ve been to several). $55 for Coldplay and The Black Keys is really not bad seeing how concert prices are in 2011. Live Nation is behind the show so it’s not like they’re going to help the fans out with cheap prices or anything (get real, lol). Coldplay came to Philips twice in 2008 and Lakewood once in 2009 and just to see that it was well over $55 for decent seats. Needless to say I think this is a great deal – it could be WAY worse and like $150+ so I am grateful the fest is returning, it’s at a great spot, it has a solid lineup (even with locals Manchester Orchestra in there, nice) and it seems to be a gateway to the future of the festival returning full force. If you don’t go out and support what they are trying now, they won’t bring it back! Needless to say I’ll be there with my girlfriend and friends to have a blast.