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Music Midtown sets schedule

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The Constellations will open the main stage at Music Midtown on Sept. 24. Photo credit: Jennifer Tzar

The revived Music Midtown will feature two stages with continuous music – but never at the same time.

According to a schedule released Wednesday by Live Nation, which is promoting the Sept. 24 all-day event, the festival at The Meadow at Piedmont Park will launch with a 1 p.m. set by The Postelles on the secondary Great Southeastern Music Hall Stage. The first act to take the Electric Ballroom Stage will be The Constellations at 1:45 p.m.

The rest of the plan on the Great Southeastern Music Hall Stage:

2:45-3:30 p.m. – Mona

4:30-5:15 p.m. – Band of Skulls

6:15-7 p.m. – Young the Giant

8:15-9:15 p.m. – Cage the Elephant

And on the main Electric Ballroom Stage (following The Constellations):

3:30-4:30 p.m. – The Joy Formidable

5:15-6:15 p.m. – Manchester Orchestra

7-8:15 p.m. – The Black Keys

9:15-11 p.m. – Coldplay

General admission tickets to Music Midtown are on sale now for $56. VIP packages are also available. Call 1-800-745-3000 or visit www.musicmidtown.com or www.livenation.com to purchase.

**After reading some of these blog posts, it seems some people aren’t familiar with the intent of Music Midtown this year (i.e., starting small). Here’s our earlier story from when the fest was announced last month: http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-music/music-midtown-to-return-1001901.html

106 comments Add your comment

kevin

August 11th, 2011
8:45 am

Diego

August 11th, 2011
8:48 am

Lot’s of luck at that ticket price and with that line-up. (And if they get rain, like they used to regularly at the annual fest, they will really take a beating.)

J

August 11th, 2011
8:51 am

Well at least with the higher ticket prices it will keep the riff raff out! Except when you get ready to walk back your car blocks away.

Atlien

August 11th, 2011
8:55 am

Park Atlanta scumbags are going to make a killing on writing parking tickets.

WTH

August 11th, 2011
9:01 am

Will there be WHITES ONLY signs posted too?

UndertheCherryMoon

August 11th, 2011
9:05 am

meh at the lineup

Greg

August 11th, 2011
9:11 am

Thank you WTH, for the first race-baiting of the day. That’s Atlanta!

concertgoer

August 11th, 2011
9:11 am

55 dollars to see 9 bands. thats about 6 bucks each band. How is this not a good deal?
And why would you drive to this when there is a marta station 3-4 blocks away!

George Bush

August 11th, 2011
9:12 am

@WTH I said the same thing…where is the diversity. If you look at the population of the city this looks like Graceland meets the Grand Ol’ Opry. :evil:

George Bush

August 11th, 2011
9:13 am

Sorry I meant to add the ? :evil:

Ossie

August 11th, 2011
9:14 am

horrible lineup….i don’t know if i’d even pay $20, let alone $55.

greshambrown

August 11th, 2011
9:14 am

Doug

August 11th, 2011
9:19 am

uh concertgoer, because the lineup sux. you have fun walking between bands. im sure you and 2 othe people will do that. i wouldnt go to this if it was free.

how old?

August 11th, 2011
9:25 am

folks, if you don’t know who the bands are, you think $55 for a full day of music is too expensive, and you think the area around Piedmont Park is sketch….you might be too old for the event. These are some great bands, $55 is a steal, and I think people that are scared of Midtown and Piedmont park are pansies. There. I said it.

R

August 11th, 2011
9:26 am

The only group I’d be remotely interested in hearing is Coldplay. These other groups don’t sound too appealing.

WTF

August 11th, 2011
9:28 am

I gets worst every year. It gets Whiter, and Whiter. Like my boy says, Are they going to have any WHITE ONLY signs posted. YUCK!!

jsf3000

August 11th, 2011
9:29 am

@WTH That line-up IS the WHITES ONLY sign.

WTF@

August 11th, 2011
9:34 am

It because yall are a drain on the city and no one wants to come enjoy it. All yall do is beg for money. USE your change from obuma and get a JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wee Willy

August 11th, 2011
9:37 am

Come on idiots. You know if Music Midtown was to get Snoop or Lil Wayne then all the thugs and gangs would riot the place. You can NOT gather a group of rival hoodies in one place without chaos and violence! Music Midtown has been dead for 10 years! If the producers have ANY chance of resurrecting this love affair, then yeah! It needs to be geared toward white bands and white people! Blacks had FREAKNIK but because they couldn’t behave themselves, it was ALWAYS a high risk pile of crap that fostered the perfect storm of lude and violent behaviors from the black partygoers! So are you REALLY surprised at the low key line-up? There are plenty of hispanics, asians and blacks who will still go but thank god it want be the thugs who worship krump and crank!

Brian

August 11th, 2011
9:37 am

How entitled are people now to think that every concert must appeal to them. If you don’t like it, stay home.

Evansdawg

August 11th, 2011
9:40 am

There’s enough “Blacks Only” stuff, why not??? Black Award Shows, Black Beauty Pageants, Black Expo, Black Yellow Pages, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television. Where have white’s have anything like that? If someone started WET….”White Entertainment Television,” Al Sharton and Jesse Jackson would be the first with their fists clinched. How many hip-hop or urban music festivals are there without a single white person in a sea of thousands unless they are in uniform??? Get over it.

mike

August 11th, 2011
9:43 am

I see both sides of the race aspect here..the lineup is 100% geared towards a mid to late 20’s to early 30s all white demographic..essentially they are saying “we don’t want any blacks at music midtown” without really saying that… on the other hand, if the lineup had rap acts- it would draw the teens that cause trouble routinely and ruin the event for adults.. in order to fix this situation they should have invited someone like Jennifer Hudson, Keri Hilson, or comparable R&B act to show diversity…just my two cents

Mo's mom

August 11th, 2011
9:47 am

Who are these people??

Dolanrg

August 11th, 2011
9:48 am

Don’t let the article fool you….the ticket price is actually $72, once you add the $17 convenience fee! $72 to hear a few songs from each band, while paying $10 per beer, and your $55 ticket somehow turned into a $150 day. I think I’ll bring a cooler,
hangout outside the fence and listen for free!

david c

August 11th, 2011
9:58 am

Further sullying Atlanta’a music legacy by naming the stages after two venerable venues. Conlon, you should know better.

david c

August 11th, 2011
9:58 am

Atlanta’s – oops!

Chris

August 11th, 2011
10:02 am

Cage The Elephant and Coldplay are the only bands that interest me. But because they play back to back on different stages it would be impossible to get a decent place in the crowd for Coldplay. This is Music Midtown in name only. It’s just not the same.

Reality

August 11th, 2011
10:06 am

For those of you who are complaining about “WHITES ONLY,” what do you think when there’s an all day hip hop festival at Lakewood? What would you call Freaknik? I mean, yes, these events may attract more of one demographic than the other, but you don’t have to go. These are all good up and coming bands, save Coldplay who’ve already made it big. Bottom line, don’t like it, don’t go. Don’t go all racist on it just because there won’t be stuff you like there.

Hello

August 11th, 2011
10:19 am

I love Cold Play, and I’m black…..Music doesn’t have a color. :-)

leelar

August 11th, 2011
10:21 am

@Evansdawg … at the Lil Wayne concert last week, there were actually more white people in attendance than black believe it or not! It doesn’t really matter…it’s all good!

Dezzie

August 11th, 2011
10:24 am

I”m an AA woman who loves cold play but this sucks major. Tons of white teenaged wanna bees show up at hip hop festivals all the time. It’s routine for y’all to copy and imitate the African American swag. Futher the last hip hop festival I went to had Eminem as the headliner. So much for your theory.

kswiss

August 11th, 2011
10:24 am

Midtown Music festival SCREAMS… this is an Atlanta event. Flashback Festival (Reality – get your teminology right) SCREAMS this is an R&B event. An Atlanta event suggests that the MAJORITY of Atlantans might enjoy this – the lineup clearly days otherwise. Anyway – between the prices and the number of YOU idiots going….this will only be a one time event. WTF; Weewilly and Evansdawg – you guys should stop speaking in public – your ignorance is showin….where do you keep you white hoods?

David

August 11th, 2011
10:27 am

We need some real rock acts. Where is Ted Nugent,The Stooges,George Thourogood,Slayer,Godsmack,etc…

Former Music Midtown Fan

August 11th, 2011
10:34 am

Enter your comments here

MaG

August 11th, 2011
10:34 am

I thought Music Midtown is an event that is supposed to be for the city of Atlanta & all of its citizens. That being said & the city being so diversified, the lineup should have reflected a little someting for everyone’s enjoyment. Not all rap – but a little rap/hip hop, not all R&B, but a few, a little country, a little rock, heavy metal, something for the teens & tweens, etc. And, it would’t be a bad idea to find an Indian band, a Latino band & Asian band, African band, etc. SOMETHING THAT TRULY REFLECTS the beautiful, giant melting pot that ATL is!

People, let’s wake up, it is 2011, slavery has long been abolished & should have never been in the first place. We are a diverse culture & any event purported to be for the City of Atlanta should wholeheartedly reflect that.

For the person who spoke about WET (White Entertainment TV) – TV, award shows, etc., in general, for decades has been WET. There is no need to now have WET because the country has been inundated with that for as far back as I can recall. As far as the Latin & Black, etc. award & TV shows go – they were needed since the WET programming wasn’t reflective of other cultures talent or achievements at large – that is what started BET – to fill that void. Advice to you Mr/Mrs WET – sit on an open can & rotate twice!

Pot Pie

August 11th, 2011
10:35 am

Dezzie is right

Former Music Midtown Fan

August 11th, 2011
10:35 am

I remember back in the early 2000’s when Music Midtown show cased all types of music. It was very diverse with several stages. This does seem to be a slap in the face to a certain demographic,

John

August 11th, 2011
10:36 am

The scheduling does stink…they should give more time between acts. Cage the Elephant and Coldplay are the bands I would like to see and as someone else said, if you see them both, your Coldplay spot will be awful.

paul

August 11th, 2011
10:40 am

This is a great lineup at a great price. Those of you who would rather see something else: quit your ignorant whining and go cough up the dough to see your own special nobody-cares act at Phillips, Gwinnett Arena, or wherever.

John

August 11th, 2011
10:43 am

Eminem is still a rapper. Would you make the same argument if TV on the Radio was playing Music Midtown?

Mase

August 11th, 2011
10:44 am

Are you kidding??? Have you people been to a concert??? $55 for all of those bands is NOT a high ticket price.

Wee Willy

August 11th, 2011
10:48 am

kswiss…maybe it’s YOU who should remove your HOODIE! And while you’re at it, pull your saggy pants up. No place for none of that at Music Midtown. It is NOT a rap or hip-hop festival. Get it?!

Wee Willy

August 11th, 2011
10:51 am

Notice the picture of the band above? None of them are wearing backward baseball caps, oversized baggy pants or flashing diamond grillz with clocks hanging on gold chain links around their necks! That should be your FIRST clue Sherlock. Sometimes whites just want to get away from all the worn out hip-hop and rapping.

S

August 11th, 2011
10:54 am

Wow, that lineup sucks no matter what your age or color

Will

August 11th, 2011
10:55 am

I can’t believe some of the comments. First I am really excited to see Music Midtown coming back and by one of the original radio stations 99x. I wasn’t around for the first Music Midtown events, but from what I have heard it was pretty similar, small. The reason it was shut down before was partly because of the weather and partly because it was too diverse and too big. Music Midtown is going back to its roots which was a rock based event hosted by rock stations. Adding hip hop, country was a bad mix, the last Music midtown I left because of all the fighting between these groups.

Nostalgic

August 11th, 2011
11:00 am

Missing the old days of Music Midtown when there was something for almost everyone from rock to hard rock, r&b, gospel and even blue grass. I think the name is this concert is a misnomer! It really confuses the former fans of MM.

beebee

August 11th, 2011
11:20 am

“Hello,” I decided to post after reading yours.
I’m black and I like ColdPlay too.

But folks, let’s stop all the bickering and fighting. Let the people who will go see these bands have their fun in the sun. It’s not like there ever isn’t a concert with your favorite artists that you can go see.

bee

Evansdawg

August 11th, 2011
11:23 am

Soooooo…..white people are not allowed to be proud of their race, but black people can cram it down everyone’s throats. Thats not equality….its racism in itself. I would have no problem if the festival added black acts, but how many black festivals include white acts??? Sure, there are examples of that happening. Eminem for instance playing a hip hop festival, but the examples are few and far between. You can point the finger of racism all you want…but the truth is that ANY mention of color at all is racism. Music Midtown does not say “WHITES ONLY.” Its open to everyone….and you can’t say that there aren’t black people that love Coldplay or The Black Keys. They have no reason not to go and enjoy themselves. I bet they would feel much more welcome as blacks at a predominately white festival that whites would be at a predominately black festival. Use some common sense. The person that said music has no color is absolutely correct. Your ears interject the ‘color.’

Weston

August 11th, 2011
11:35 am

Looks like I’ll be spending all of my time at the “Electric Ballroom Stage.”

Manchester Orchestra, The Black Keys, Coldplay. That lineup by itself is worth $55.

George Bush

August 11th, 2011
11:40 am

This is the racist south, and I see the rebels are out flying that flag high.

Mike made a good point, the rest of you can kick rocks. You need to broaden your horizons…diversity is not just black/white. What about the Asians, Latinos, etc.? This lineup does not represent Atlanta, and one can tell the organizers did not look at diversity and wasn’t diverse. For the record there are acts that appeal to everyone, it is called “Pop” music and those bands/singers have a cross-over effect.