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New acts, schedule announced for Music Midtown

Garbage recently released its first new album in seven years, "Not Your Kind of People."

Garbage recently released its first new album in seven years, "Not Your Kind of People."

Get ready to get glam.

Music Midtown has added a trio of acts to its lineup: Garbage, Neon Trees and Adam Ant.

The threesome joins previously announced performers Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, T.I., Florence + The Machine and more.

Live Nation’s Peter Conlon, who is promoting the September event at Piedmont Park, said the lineup is now complete and noted, “Fifteen artists over two days for $100 – you can’t beat that.”

Concertgoers can still purchase early bird-priced general admission tickets for $55 (one day), $100 (two day pass) or VIP and Super VIP tickets that allow access to private hospitality areas. An additional dollar per ticket will be donated to Centers for Hope. Visit for package rates or to purchase general admission tickets.

A schedule for the two-day event was also unveiled today:

Friday, Sept. 21, doors open at 4 p.m.

The Electric Ballroom Stage

  • 4:30 p.m. – Van Hunt
  • 6:15 p .m. – T.I.
  • 9 p.m. – Foo Fighters

The Great Southeaster Music Hall Stage

  • 5:15 p.m. – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
  • 7:30 p.m. – The Avett Brothers

Saturday, Sept. 22, doors open at noon.

The Electric Ballroom Stage

  • 1:30 pm. – Civil Twilight
  • 2:45 p.m. – Garbage
  • 4:45 p.m. –- Ludacris
  • 6:45 p.m. – Florence + The Machine
  • 9 p.m.—Pearl Jam

The Great Southeastern Music Hall Stage

  • 1 p.m. – O’Brother
  • 2 p.m. – LP
  • 3:45 p.m. – Adam Ant
  • 5:45 p.m. – Neon Trees
  • 8 p.m. – Girl Talk

(If you want to reminisce, here are some photos of last year’s Music Midtown.)

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By Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Music Scene

28 comments Add your comment

Miguelito double G

July 11th, 2012
2:33 pm



July 11th, 2012
3:22 pm

Adam Ant? Really??? That sucks….


July 11th, 2012
3:34 pm

I can’t wait! This’ll take my mind off of football in September.


July 11th, 2012
3:34 pm


July 11th, 2012
3:43 pm

These are good lineups to continue to build Music Midtown back up. Nice job Peter Conlon!

White Trash Bill

July 11th, 2012
4:15 pm

Man Adam Ant rocks man I still have his tape in the Trans Am and listen to it a lot. I usually don’t like new music, but he’s cool. How about gettin Skynyrd or Molly Hatchet they really need a big name to draw a crowd.


July 11th, 2012
4:20 pm

I’m with WTB ^^, let’s get some southern fried “rawk” in there. Add Unknown Hinson to that card!

NoHeadliners SoWeDontGo

July 11th, 2012
4:29 pm

Uh, where are some legit HEADLINERS? This is a bunch of wash-ups and wannabes. I wouldn’t pay $20 for this crap, much less $100.


July 11th, 2012
4:31 pm

WTB and Mountain Dawg are chimps. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and even T.I. are bigger than Skynyrd ever were. (The first Pearl Jam album alone outsold Skynyrd’s entire career.)

It’s fine to like music without ignorantly saying other bands aren’t “big names”.


July 11th, 2012
4:34 pm

I wouldn’t go see a show promoted, booked, or involved in any way with Peter Conlon regardless of the lineup. It could be the Jesus H. Christ comeback tour with Queen and Led Zeppelin opening, and I’d still rather sit at home and eat broken glass.

That’s right, Peter. We’ll stop trying. We’ll put the guitars down; stop writing the songs; stop releasing records, working shows, and buying gear; we’ll stop working; we’ll stop dreaming. For you.

Moreover, the two-faced-ness of Music Midtown’s “We love Local Bands!!” attitude displayed on their webpage while including exactly one local (a very well connected local with blood ties to national acts) is… well, it’s despicable.

I’m ashamed this kind of thing goes on in our city.


July 11th, 2012
4:37 pm

Live Nation’s Peter Conlon, who is promoting the September event at Piedmont Park, said the lineup is now complete and noted, “Fifteen artists over two days for $100 – you can’t beat that.”

Can’t beat that?!? Really?? What a load of crap!

Music Midtown hasn’t been relevant since Alex Cooley walked away from it. The fact is, Peter Conlan and Jive Nation are NOT interested in carrying on the eclectic offerings that Music Midtown used to offer…all they care about is the $$$! Once Alex Cooley left the fold, it became apparent that HE was the driving artistic force who made MM the extravagant musical gumbo that is was during it’s prime. And I don’t want to hear some crap about how they’re building it back up…this is Jive Nation folks…they couldn’t care less about music/art; it’s all about the dollars.

To put things in perspective here’s the line-up from MM 2004, the last year Alex Cooley was involved:

Aimee Mann, Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Buddy Guy, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Def Leppard, Eve, Fat Joe, Godsmack, Gomez, India.Arie, LL Cool J, Ratdog, Shaggy, Sheryl Crow, Tony Bennett, 3LW, Ashanti, B-52s, Caitlin Cary, Cam’ron, Cracker, Donnie, Drivin N Cryin, Edgar Winter, Everclear, G. Love & Special Sauce, the Isley Brothers, Jack Johnson, K-Ci & JoJo, Les Claypool’s Frog Brigade, Medeski, Martin, & Wood, Saliva, Sixpence None The Richer, Steve Winwood, Susan Tedeschi, and Tonic*.

*Also, please note that this is only about 40 of 120 artist who performed in 2004.

So let’s compare:
2004: 120 acts, 11 stages, and a three day pass was $45.00.
2012: 15 acts, on 2 stages, over two days for $100.00.

I used to love Music Midtown, and attended pretty much every day of the first ten years. It was a bargain and a blast! And I would have attended the 11th one, but the idiots moved it to June, where their weak line-up went head-to-head against all of the great bands at Bonnaroo. They also jacked the 3-day ticket price up from $45.00 to $75.00. And then they wondered why attendance sucked. You can have this weak attempt at a music festival…I’ll spend my money elswhere.


July 11th, 2012
4:40 pm

@NoHeadliners, are you serious? It’s fine if you don’t like some or even all of the bands, but to make a blankent statement about a lack of headliners highlights your ignorance and ineptitude at judging what headliners truly are. Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, TI, and Ludacris..are you kidding me? That’s HUGE!

Mike Woodson

July 11th, 2012
4:41 pm

Oh Lordy Lord

This lineup is Garbage (pardon my horrific pun). Unless we be travel back in time to 1997, in which case I still wouldn’t go.

Where my eyebrows at?


July 11th, 2012
4:43 pm

Not to mention that you DO have to build up to how it was in the early 2000’s. That sort of three day awesomeness doesn’t just pop out of the ground. Is this year the best lineup ever? Of course not, but it’s pretty damn good. If you don’t like it, that’s fine, but shut up and go do something else those two days.


July 11th, 2012
4:50 pm

drew you hit the nail dead on with that one.. When Alex left so went the good acts. Jive Nation. LOL


July 11th, 2012
4:58 pm

im not sure how some of you could dog Pearl Jam. They are arguably the greatest American rock band, ever. They still sell out shows all over the world, not just in the US. maybe you dont like their music but you have to give them their props

Judge Smails

July 11th, 2012
4:58 pm

I predict … 2 deaths, 60 injuries and 250 arrests. Hope I’m wrong but TI before Foo Fighters??? Better bring in the National Guard for this one.


July 11th, 2012
5:07 pm

I am sure you are aware but concert ticket prices have dramatically risen in the last ten years. You are still getting a deal with prices, if you paid separately for the bands this year it would easily be over the 50/100$ price tag. i will also pay more for smaller crowds, better sightlines, better sound than back in ‘04. not to mention im not jockeying for space with 100,000 other people

David P

July 11th, 2012
5:15 pm

I am surprised that multiple people actually read Drew’s essay above. Seriously? This is the “comments” section, not the “essay” section.

PS: This line up totally blows.


July 11th, 2012
6:00 pm

Do kids just like to bitch to make yourself feel more important and “in-the-know!” Y’all sound like a bunch of 20 and 30-year-olds who feel the world owes you something for which you have never worked!
Please, DON’T go to MM. I don’t want to hang around with a bunch of Gen Ys and Millenial know-it-alls who, in all actuality, spend most of their time drinking mass-produced American horsepiss and throwing it up on my shoes!! Grow up!


July 11th, 2012
6:19 pm

Add Parliament-Funkadelic and I will go!!


July 11th, 2012
8:18 pm

I wish more people hated this lineup, that would just leave less competition for a good spot close to the stage for Pearl Jam. So go ahead, all you who think its still 8 – 12 years ago, hate away.


July 11th, 2012
8:20 pm

Pearl Jam’s “Ten” = 13x platinum in the USA
Skynrd’s sales if you count live records and greatest hits records = about 27 million in the USA

AX = fail.


July 11th, 2012
8:21 pm

ProgPower the week before is a better deal for better music.


July 11th, 2012
8:22 pm

@Truth: Pearl Jam the greatest American rock band ever? Metallica says you fail. Badly.

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July 13th, 2012
4:19 pm

Adam Ant reminds me of the summer I rode a motorcycle across Jamaica. I was listening to Stand and Deliver on my Walkman, when lo and behold, I came across some not-so-dandy highway men. They took all my money and most of my clothes. If not for the fact that they didn’t know how to operate my motorcycle, they would have taken it as well. I rode into Negril in my underpants and had my father wire more money. So I’m in a Rastafari Dashiki and run into some fellows with some “Glascow Sticky.” Next thing you know I’m at a club with a reggae band covering Joan Jett’s “Do you Want to Touch Me.” I vaguely remember jumping off a 40-foot cliff. The next morning I woke up in New Hope next to a Jamaican girl. I was covered in hickies, or so I thought. Turns out it was a reaction to the giant mosquitoes from the swamp. Needless to say, whenever I hear Adam Ant and Joan Jett, I think of my oldest son.

Midtown Lame-O

July 17th, 2012
3:39 pm

Adam Ant is the most original and most rocking of any of the acts in this crappy lineup. He was playing punk rock while most of this stale line up were still watching Sesame Street.
Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters? Egad people!