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Coldplay honors R.E.M. at Music Midtown

Chris Martin leads Coldplay through "Yellow" during the early part of their headlining set at Music Midtown. Photo: Max Blau

Chris Martin leads Coldplay through "Yellow" during the early part of their headlining set at Music Midtown. Photo: Max Blau

With so many variables going into the return of Music Midtown – How many days should it be? Which artists would attract crowds while not bankrupting promoters? Will people still care about a festival that hasn’t existed for six years? Would the weather cooperate this time? – it’s a bit amazing that Saturday’s event fired flawlessly.

That pesky Mother Nature, who received a chunk of the blame for the fizzling of the well-regarded music festival in 2005, seemed to be apologizing to Peter Conlon and the Live Nation crew, as the sun seared brightly and temperatures hovered at 80 during the day and dipped pleasantly into the 60s by the time Coldplay took the stage.

Though this was a mini version of the Music Midtowns of yore –10 bands instead of dozens, one day instead of three – and the lineup was heavy on alternative rock acts popular among twentysomethings and the musically curious, it was enough to attract tens of thousands of people.

Throughout the day, bands performed on two stages set about 200 yards apart – The Postelles, Walk the Moon, Band of Skulls, Young the Giant and Cage the Elephant on the slightly smaller Great Southeastern Music Hall Stage and The Constellations, The Joy Formidable, Manchester Orchestra, The Black Keys and Coldplay on the massive Electric Ballroom Stage.

While the younger indie bands drew impressive crowds, by the time Chris Martin and Co. arrived at 9:15 p.m. – Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” played over the speakers moments before they took the stage – it was obvious that Coldplay’s star power was the significant draw of the event.

In many ways, Coldplay was the perfect headlining choice. They’re a tremendously popular band, but not U2 or Paul McCartney mega-size. They’re stocked with an arsenal of hits, but not super-poppy and, thus, not polarizing. And, as evidenced from what appeared to be about 40,000 people lining the Meadow at Piedmont Park, their crossover appeal among generations is admirable. (Organizers didn’t release official crowd numbers as of midnight. We’ll update when we have that info.)

During the opening trio of the new “Hurts Like Heaven” and classics “Yellow” and “In My Place,” the newly buff Martin skittered around the stage, racing from his graffiti-sprayed upright piano to the mic stand, acoustic guitar strapped high on his chest.

“Thank you for everything you had to do to be here,” he said. “We publicly love playing Atlanta.”

The quartet sounded crisp and beautifully layered throughout their 80-minute set. Their stage setup was surprisingly elaborate considering they’ve only done a handful of dates this summer to promote the Oct. 24 release of “Mylo Xyloto” – including Friday night at the I Heart Radio musical buffet in Las Vegas.

Lasers, spastic lights and a massive video screen in addition to the two that flanked the stage for all of the acts highlighted many songs, and during the clip-clopping “Lost!” a cascade of colorful inflatable balls was unleashed into the audience (and these are a loyal bunch – one fan near the front had staked out her spot at 11:45 a.m. and another had been stationed since 1 p.m.).

Though the band played a handful of tunes from “Mylo” – and they all sound like instant hits – Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion didn’t neglect their catalog, even revamping “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” into a locomotive-powered rocker.

Perhaps the rougher edge was a response to those who poke fun at Coldplay’s soft underbelly. But the band’s introspective side has produced some of its best material – “The Scientist,” “Yellow” and “Fix You,” their majestic anthem of hope poking through despair played during Saturday’s encore.

Coldplay also veered from their usual set list to say thanks to a musical influence – R.E.M.

Calling the band one of his favorites of all time who “for some crazy reason have finished,’ Martin said, humbly, that he and Coldplay wanted to play a song, “with the most respect in the world, to show how much they meant to us.”

With that came a lullaby-like rendition of “Everybody Hurts,” which didn’t sound overly rehearsed – as it shouldn’t.

Martin spent plenty of time hunched over his piano keyboard like the Peanuts’ Schroeder, but his most important playing came with the opening melody of “Viva La Vida.”

Still the band’s most lush song – and that’s saying something for these guys – it sounded slightly over modulated during Saturday’s show, odd considering the sound was so clean otherwise. But that didn’t deter the audience from singing along with the beloved “whoa-oh-oh-oh-ohhhh-a” refrain.

Coldplay closed its main set with the pensive piano ballad “Life is for Living” before returning with the melodically rich “Clocks,” the aforementioned “Fix You” and the crazy-catchy “Every Teardrop is a Waterfall,” its new reigning anthem that was capped with a flurry of fireworks.

Other musical moments at Music Midtown:

  • The critically venerated duo of singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney – aka The Black Keys – held up their end of being one of Music Midtown’s headliners, as probably about 20,000 people packed the area in front of the stage where they roared through an hourlong set.
Drummer Patrick Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach perform "Hold Me" as the sun sets over Piedmont Park. Photo: Max Blau

Drummer Patrick Carney and singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach perform "Hold Me" as the sun sets over Piedmont Park. Photo: Max Blau

Though the band has existed for a decade, they’re still sort of an underground secret. They’ve sold about 2 million copies in their career, and one of their best-known songs, the softly growling “I’ll Be Your Man,” is a TV staple.

Yet the Keys have remained, steadfastly and proudly, original.

It’s a pretty incredible sound this twosome makes. Between the raw, serrated blues guitar of Auerbach and the furious pounding of Carney, it sounds as if there are at least two other players onstage (and at one point, they were joined by a keyboardist and bassist).

From “The Breaks” to “Busted,” Auerbach’s voice sounded beautifully gravelly and Carney’s drumming at the finish of the latter song set the tone for the entire set.

Though the guys did slow it down for a head-nodding stroll through the Kinks’ “Act Nice and Gentle” and Aeurbach broke out his falsetto for “Everlasting Light,” The Black Keys were at their best when stomping through their best-known song, “Tighten Up.”

While a seriousness pervades The Black Keys’ music, Auerbach and Carney aren’t humorless – demonstrated with a stage filled with such oddities as an inflatable tire and a giant dreamcatcher.

  • Earlier in the day, the trio from Wales known as The Joy Formidable stormed through its Euro-punk-rock, tossing out noise-guitar tunes such as “Cradle” and their best-known song, “Whirring,” which culminated in a five-minute coda of feedback and thrashing around.
  • During Band of Skulls’ set, the crowd erupted at the first bluesy notes of “Light of the Morning,” heard in a car commercial near you. The British band prompted fans to dance with the grungy hoe-down, “I Know What I Am.”

What did you think of Music Midtown? Since we couldn’t cover all of the acts, what did you think of some of the others?

50 comments Add your comment

thracer

September 25th, 2011
8:15 am

Overall it was a great day. However big thumbs down to Cage the Elephant for doing a ridiculously long and loud sound check WHILE The Black Keys were playing their set. Very inconsiderate and distracting.

jimmy h

September 25th, 2011
8:25 am

great show all around….btw-the riffing of the AC/DC during the Black Keys was a sound tech on the other stage. Very annoying…

Tom

September 25th, 2011
8:29 am

Nice report, thanks.

thracer

September 25th, 2011
8:58 am

jimmy h, agree completely. The ridiculously long and loud sound check by the Cage the Elephant crew DURING THE BLACK KEYS SET was one of the most irritating and unprofessional things I have ever seen at a concert. They are idiots.

Gilly

September 25th, 2011
8:59 am

Manchester Orchestra was amazing! I was thoroughly impressed.

thcr

September 25th, 2011
9:16 am

jimmy h, agree completely. The Cage the Elephant crew did a ridiculously long and loud sound check DURING THE BLACK KEYS set. One of the most irritating and unprofessional things I’ve ever witnessed at a concert.

d

September 25th, 2011
9:23 am

next year put it somewhere else, instead of blocking off neighborhoods of atlanta residents put the tourist in a different place

KeepDreaming

September 25th, 2011
9:33 am

BRAVO! Glad Music Midtown is back. Great run this year, lets make it bigger and better next!

Thoms

September 25th, 2011
9:43 am

Coldplay, for people who find Radiohead too challenging.

Patrick

September 25th, 2011
9:43 am

“d”–I disagree with you. I live in Midtown just a couple blocks from the park and I think that events like this year’s Music Midtown are more than welcome. The event was well planned, well executed, the crowd was very well behaved and the park looked good as new this morning. Most of us in Midtown live here because we WANT to live in an exciting and vibrant area. I think mose of us are willing to put up with a little bit of inconvenience in exchange for fun, exciting events in the beautiful public space of Piedmont Park.

crap diem

September 25th, 2011
9:44 am

d: you’re an a-hole, it’s only one day of your life, get over yourself.

Yuppies like you give Atlanta a bad name.

crap diem

September 25th, 2011
9:46 am

Coldplay, for people who find Radiohead too annoying.

Thoms

September 25th, 2011
9:46 am

joe

September 25th, 2011
9:49 am

Hey “d”: if you don’t like it, move. It’s not your city.

Bonnie

September 25th, 2011
9:56 am

Agreed, nice write-up AJC. Attended with hubby on the advice of our twenty-something kids. We arrived with blanket in hand, just as the Joy Formidable were beginning, and claimed a spot on the hill overlooking the meadow.

My husband was most interested in Cage the Elephant who provided head-banging entertainment as well as several tunes that were more in line with the other groups. We enjoyed the Black Keys; the extra guitar riffs as well as mis-timed heavy bass, were provided compliments of the sound check from the other stage. This was a little distracting and disrespectful, but these things are to be expected…

As for the festival, concessions were tucked among trees on the hill. They included a varied assortment of food, readily available and not overpriced. Two pulled-pork sandwiches for $10: good price and the food was actually good! My husband saw someone walking by with a lobster claw sandwich. Most of the booths offered standard fare: artwork, crafts, temporary tattoos, corporate sponsor booths, roasted nuts. A lightly-attended Camel cigarettes display hidden inside a tent emblazoned with warnings that smoking can cause death, etc. Beer vendors patrolled the crowd throughout the event, selling $10 tall cans of domestic beer. There were many, many beer tents and a couple of bars lining the meadow and between the two stages. I enjoyed a $3 homemade popsicle.

The Ferris wheel was cute; I would have ridden if I had little kids with me. It was hidden behind some trees, but the lights were visible after dark, adding to the spectacle. Speaking of little kids, I saw only a handful. At $55 per child (even babies!), this event was not geared toward families.

Now for logistics. I carried a printout of the schedule, and was surprised to note that each performance started EXACTLY as listed. MARTA trains were easily accessible before and after the show, with extra trains provided. Think Peachtree Road Race, but with everyone finishing at the same time! As a bonus, unlike after the Peachtree, they allowed us to walk down 10th street directly to the Midtown station.

There was some chatter before the show regarding a “no reentry” policy, which was reversed a few days ago. We were thankful for this and even planned to skip the concessions to go to a nearby restaurant for an early dinner. Not necessary. Once we entered the gates, we had no desire or need to leave. We were able to find everything with little hassle: water, food, portolets, etc.

Until, that is, around 7PM when seemingly tens of thousands of newcomers streamed in, apparently to see Coldplay, the mainline event.

The Coldplay performance was our first live viewing of the band, and I loved their clean, crisp sound as well as the lasers that reflected beautifully on the trees lining the hill. The huge video displays are a little over the top, but necessary to reach those of us hundreds of yards away. They put on an amazing show! At the Marta station afterward, we smiled as we watched some high schoolers viewing the recordings they had made on their smartphones, singing along and reliving the experience.

The kids were right; if you haven’t seen Coldplay live, you must.

Nathan Tornow

September 25th, 2011
10:15 am

I agree that the festival itself and the logistics of the day were carried out very smoothly by the staff. I have attended others festivals with the two-stage setting and I think it works perfectly. I had heard of Manchester Orchestra but had not listened to their music before yesterday. They may have been my favorite performance and definitely played with intensity. However, I was not as pleased with Coldplay. While I enjoyed the performance, it is kind of weak for such a popular band with a large catalogue to headline a festival and play for the time that they did. Fans pay to see headliners play for two hours and give everything they have. I got the impression that Coldplay was satisfied with making a cameo appearance and calling it a night without playing until 11pm. I have seen so many other bands give better shows. Thanks though to Manchester Orchestra and the Black Keys for making the festival worth it for me.

Diego

September 25th, 2011
10:19 am

Great review and info, Bonnie.

AtlantaDude

September 25th, 2011
10:27 am

If Coldplay said “We publicly love playing Atanta”, doesn’t that insuate that they “privately hate playing Atlanta.” Seems like curious wording.

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Drake

September 25th, 2011
11:04 am

Get a decent headliner and I will attend. Would have been a fitting end for rem to have played this as their final show.

Drew

September 25th, 2011
11:25 am

Oh I’m sorry drake. You should contact live nation so that when they’re planning their next festival event in Atlanta they can ask YOU who should go. Although I think they were pleased with the 40k+ that went to see an amazing headliner with great supporting acts.

Patrick

September 25th, 2011
11:29 am

Drake–I am just wondering who your suggestion for headliner would be? Please enlighten us with your preferred choice. BTW, The Beatles would be kinda hard to book right now…

Melissa Ruggieri

September 25th, 2011
11:34 am

Ah, thanks, Jimmy. I’ve removed it.

Melissa Ruggieri

September 25th, 2011
11:36 am

AtlantaDude – I think, in British-ese, it simply meant that they will often talk publicly about how much they like playing in Atlanta.

TheManMike

September 25th, 2011
11:59 am

Concert was absolute greatness. I worked the event in the VIP area and it was flawless. Weather was the best we’ve seen in years and the PEOPLE! – There were very few issues in the area I was working, the drunkards kept to themselves while I saw many people introducing themselves and making new friends. I got into the event and out of the event without any issues at all – and the bathrooms (In the VIP area at least) were effing amazing….I’m talking crown molding and A/C….whoah. I’ll definitely be there next year if it comes back. FYI – ALL THE MUSIC ROCKED! Good job ATL, Good Job Live Nation and Good Job Park Tavern!!

Julia

September 25th, 2011
12:01 pm

I’ve been an avid New Orleans Jazz Fest attendee for the past 14 years and was interested to see what Live Nation would bring to the table for a music festival in Atlanta in 2011. I agree with a previous post that the crowd was well behaved and mature. And, even during Coldplay’s set, there was breathing room in the crowd. Overall, I had a good time and REALLY enjoyed the Black Keys.

That said, there were a few disappointing elements. Coldplay is one of my favorite bands and when I saw them about five years ago indoors, it was a GREAT live show. I’m not sure if it was just the less intimate, festival/outdoor setting or the short set that disappointed this time. The Music Midtown website listed their set 9:15PM-11PM, so I was very surprised that they only played for an hour and twenty minutes. They certainly have enough strong material to do have played out the ten o’clock hour. I wonder what the behind the scenes politics were on that one…

Also, the port-a-potties were in short supply. Of course, I would anticipate lines, but it was pretty out of control. Having enough port-a-potties is Music Festival 101. There’s major room for improvement there.

And, attempting to exit the festival after Coldplay was really difficult. We were standing near a crowd that finally decided to break down the temporary fencing, so that they could make their way out of the bottleneck to 10th Street.

Overall, I’d give it an 8 out of 10. Happy I was there, but maybe next year there will be a more eclectic mix of music–and more recognizable acts–throughout the day that would give people a reason to come down to the park earlier and stay through the evening.

Garry Rainey

September 25th, 2011
12:16 pm

I am a 57 year old man that has lived in Midtown close to 30 years… I thought the music was GREAT and the crowds were well behaved. I love the excitement and think that a two day music midtown would be fun. Very well done.

Craig S

September 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

Mike Mills was there watching the show from in front of the stage.

Carla Collins

September 25th, 2011
2:10 pm

Appaulled you didn’t take time to mention the fabulous Atlanta-based bands The Constellations and Manchester Orchestra. Both were teriffic sets setting the pace for the day.

midtownblue

September 25th, 2011
2:20 pm

I live one block away. No problems whatsoever. As someone mentioned, this is why we live in the city and not in the suburbs. Though I had the best seat in the house for the music, the way this was handled convinced me to buy a ticket next year and head for the stage. I think it needs to expand beyond one day because you all made a lot of converts yesterday. Thumbs up!

drb

September 25th, 2011
2:39 pm

The quote from Chris Martin was, “We very publicly love playing in Atlanta.” The reason Coldplay loves Atlanta so much is because of the impact the city had on them earlier in their career (and every visit since). Touring in between their first and second album, they say were close to breaking up as a band (and every album since they throw the idea out there to see if anyone is paying attention). They came through Atlanta and had a fantastic show at the Tabernacle. They were touched by the reception and reference the show as one of the reasons they stayed together.

Lori LC Tucker

September 25th, 2011
3:24 pm

I especially appreciated the opportunity to hear so many bands in one venue. The selections were outstanding, and I only didn’t care for one band. I attribute that more to personal preference rather than any “fault” of the organizers. I loved the artistry and energetic interplay that The Black Keys demonstrated. Cage the Elephant’s raw energy, especially the vocalist, just pulled the whole crowd along. And Coldplay’s media, light and pyrotechnic show complimented their outstanding performance and capped the night perfectly. (I too was disappointed that they didn’t play until 11:00 pm as scheduled.) By highlighting the last few bands, I don’t mean to lesson the contribution of the earlier performances. I’ve already purchased music from The Joy Formidable and Young the Giant, and am borrowing a CD of Walk the Moon to explore. These are all new bands for me. I consider that a successful concert!

Georgiapeaches

September 25th, 2011
3:50 pm

My husband and I have been going for years, a great festival again this time out! Coldplay was awesome, but Cage the Elephant was the huge surprise. That singers energy was amazing, plus they had the best sound system of the weekend. We liked Joy Formidable and Manchester Orchestra, who I hear are from Atlanta, how do some of these bands just come out of nowhere in my hometown? When do we hear about next year’s lineup?

amanda

September 25th, 2011
4:28 pm

THUMBS UP! Bands were all very good… they kept it rocking, beer was readily available with little to no wait in lines, great selection of food and mother nature behaved!!! What an awesome, awesome experience! Thanks for making my weekend!

cs

September 25th, 2011
5:05 pm

I’m shocked that there hasn’t been more mention of the huge shortage of port-a-potties. The beer sponsors in particular should be furious. Everyone in our group stopped drinking early because the 30-45 minute wait for the restroom was ridiculous. We witnessed several near fights in line…people were so desperate after waiting so long. Plenty of beer vendors…the line for beer was never more than 2 minutes. Seems like there should be at least 1 restroom per beer vendor at a festival! On the way out the exit was far too narrow and a scary bottleneck was created. Wasn’t it predictable that 40k+ would all leave at the same time? What if there was an emergency or panic? On the positive side…Good shows! The Black Keys were really good. Thanks to Chris Martin for recognizing REM. Really nice to see Fox Brothers, Going Coastal, Willies, and King of Pops there- kept it local feeling. Fox Brothers was awesome. Glad to see Sweetwater on tap…even though it wasn’t the main beer sponsor. Nice having chairs and tables in the shaded areas. Very happy that tickets were available at the gate without the Ticketmaster fees…wouldn’t have paid $70, $56 was much better.

DavidMcD

September 25th, 2011
5:36 pm

Like several have said, I would’ve liked to have seen Coldplay play for a little while longer.

That was my initial reaction.

On the other hand, they put on such a tremendous show that with the 18 or 19 songs they played, I more than got my money’s worth off of their set alone — and after seeing the Black Keys, The Joy Formidable, Walk the Moon and every other band I had ALREADY gotten my money’s worth.

Gotta remember that the organizers have to get 50,000+ people (probably more when you consider everyone outside the gates) out of the park by probably midnight, MARTA trains stop running at 1 so those people have to be back to the station well beforehand, and there is a MASSIVE effort that goes into striking the stages, getting all the gear out of the park, getting the vendors and tents out of the park, and cleaning up all of the trash BY MORNING so the neighborhood and park are both restored to normalcy by morning.

So, really, my only real complaints involve some of the completely falling down drunk rude sections of the crowd, and the fact that in the future I would love to have a sound +/- video feed going to the stage not in use because it reached a point where there was just no easy way to move with 10,000 people in front of us and at least 2 – 3 times that sardined in all directions behind us.

Those are my only minor criticisms; in all it went off wonderfully considering the number of bands and size of the crowd involved. Looking forward to next year!

Jim Cissell Sr.

September 25th, 2011
6:40 pm

Music Midtown was one of the most origins I’ve been to; I only mist two of their events in the past years. I’m 67 years old and still love to have fun. The only negative was they didn’t have any Philip Cheese Stakes like in the past are if they did I didn’t find them. Al well I’ll live maybe next time.
All tho i would like to see a Shuttle to Marta even if a charge would be nessery. you know the last thing you wont to do is walk another mile after attending a 13 hour advent.
Goog job looking for next years avent.

A Acuña

September 25th, 2011
8:06 pm

Great event! very well organized with the exception of one thing that in my opinion was a major screw up, not enough restrooms!!! Instead of having the non-sense VIP area they should have placed more restrooms.
Loved the performance of all bands I had a great time, food and drinks where priced good, not ripping’ off the people. I’ll be there next year if I’m in the ATL. Good job!!

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Bill S

September 25th, 2011
11:06 pm

Awesome shows, beautiful setting, easy access and perfect weather made for some great memories. I’ll be back next year for sure. Sadly, I missed the entire Black Keys performance waiting in line for the bathroom. Forty thousand people and less than 100 port-o-lets? How did that happen?

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Rick

September 26th, 2011
8:42 am

The Black Keys sold me on going. The addition of the keyboards and bass for the middle of their 65 minutes set was a nice new feature. Helped provide some variety to their set. The Black Keys did not disappoint.

Coldplay was very good live. Better than on the radio. They are clearly playing to a backing track on every song with lush synthesizers being heard even when no one is at the keyboards. At one point, it sounded like they were being accompanied by the ASO. Still, 40,000 people singing along is a powerful thing to be a part of. I’m more of a fan after seeing them live.

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Mike D

September 26th, 2011
11:14 am

I was very impressed with the festival. I’ve seen the The Black Keys a few times and Saturday’s set was one of the best I’ve seen. Paying for the extra bands was just icing on the cake for me. I keep preaching the word of the The Black Keys and hopefully people seeing them live and hearing their great music will eventually get them out of the underground!!

DEATS

September 26th, 2011
11:48 am

GREAT EVENT! Came in from out of town for this event and the performances did not disappoint. However, the bathroom situation was out of control later in the evening. This was a big oversight. This is not the 1st major event held in Midtown so I was surprised this about this rookie mistake.
Hope MMT returns next year – or better yet – make it back into a 3-day event!

ATLroady

September 26th, 2011
11:50 am

D – We worked very diligently all week to make sure the park and its patrons that attend the park everyday were not bothered while we put this thing together in the short time we had. It is events like this that allow you to have such amenities in the park and your neighborhood, taxes aren’t the only thing that give you this luxury. Overall the bands were really great to work with as well as the crews. The patrons that attended music midtown were well behaved according to the police I talked to for the size of festival it was, they also mentioned music midtown has never had anyone arrested. The weather was amazing and we worked EXTREMELY hard to keep it safe, keep it organized, keep the bands moving on time and dealt well with any technical difficulties and making sure we kicked the newly reinstated Music Midtown to a great new start so we can enjoy more in the future which is already in the process. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves that lived a block away or came from several states to enjoy the fest. I have worked many concerts, fests and events….this was one of the more enjoyable ones though I would have liked to have seen more musical diversity which they say they will have next year. Say what you want about coldplay, but they are amazing performers and really have alot of charisma on stage. Watching Peter Buck of REM at the bottom of the stage smile up as coldplay sang their tribute to them was very memorable. If you don’t want to be around people D then why don’t you move out to Deliverence Georgia where you won’t be bothered by such things. P.S. No one likes a buzzkilling whiner….that is all.

Va-Highland resident

September 26th, 2011
2:00 pm

I enjoyed being able to walk to such a cool event in the park. I enjoyed the 3 previous Green Concerts, which were also well run (was sorry this blocked the Park from having the next installment of their big fundraising Green concert, though).

ATLRoady – very nice note…until you insulted a neighbor at the end. There will be people less tolerant of a large for-profit event blocking off the neighborhood (as opposed to the non-profit gatherings). Insulting them doesn’t help your cause. Atlanta does need a fair grounds/events location so he has somewhat of a point.

Hope Live Nation/Conlon cover the cost of repairs to the lawn which got pretty beat up by the wetland end, but overall it was a great event.

Mike D

September 26th, 2011
2:50 pm

TheManMike-
Me and my girlfriend were in the VIP area Saturday and you’re right about the bathrooms and the over all feel of that area. We got to know a few people and it was mostly a in control group considering the amount of free alcohol that was available!! We had an issue re-entering there after the Black Keys but we wanted to be as close to the stage as possible for them.

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