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Tips for Music Midtown

The North Stage at Music Midtown. Photo: Courtesy Live Nation

The North Stage at Music Midtown. Photo: Courtesy Live Nation

With Music Midtown only a few days away, here are some other things to note:

(Updated Sept. 19 to include street closures and on-site tickets sales info.)

  •  There is no smoking in Piedmont Park.

 

  • Parking is extremely limited; taking MARTA, biking or walking is encouraged.

 

  • Street closures: Through Friday at 9:30 a.m., one lane on 10th Street from Charles Allen Drive to Piedmont Avenue (closest to Piedmont Park) will be closed. Beginning on Friday at 9:30 a.m., the two west-bound lanes (closest to Piedmont Park) will be closed. On Friday, 10th Street between Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive will be closed until Monday at 4 a.m. On Sunday, 10th Street between Charles Allen Drive and Monroe Drive will be closed until 4 a.m. on Monday for festival load-out.

 

  • You may leave the premises and return if you have your ticket scanned upon exit and use the same ticket upon returning.

 

  • Patrons can bring one factory-sealed bottle of water or one empty reusable water bottle or CamelBak.

 

  • Towels and blankets are fine. Chairs are not.

 

  • Non-professional recording equipment (i.e., point and shoot cameras) are permitted. Cameras with detachable 300mm lenses are not.

 

  • Wheelchair access is available at the entrances at 12th and 14th streets. The Charles Allen Drive gate and Park Drive gate entrances are also wheelchair accessible. There are two ADA viewing platforms inside the festival, one at each stage.

 

  • Pets — aside from properly credentialed service dogs — are not permitted.

 

  • For further details, visit www.musicmidtown.com.

Getting in:

There will be three entry gates into the festival.

  •  The Charles Allen Gate is located at the corner of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive. This is the “main gate.”
  • The Park Drive Gate is accessible from Monroe and Park drives.
  • The Lakeside Gate is accessible from the 12th and 14th street entrances into Piedmont Park. Patrons can enter at the base of Oak Hill by the lake.

Food/vendors:

This year, Music Midtown has added several Atlanta restaurants to the culinary offerings. Some of the choices you’ll find on-site are: Cibo di Beve/Meehan’s/Food 101, Going Coastal, Bomb Squad Pizza, Publik Draft House and Fox Bros BBQ.

Some vendors among the more than two dozen include Henna Deva, Forever Sunglasses, Loose Lucys, Re-Inspiration Store, Blue Gecko, Mountain Metal Arts and Krochet Kids International.

In case you need the schedule one more time…

Friday: Van Hunt (4:30-5:15 p.m.); Joan Jett & the Blackhearts (5:15-6:15 p.m.); T.I. (6:15-7:30 p.m.); The Avett Brothers (7:30-9 p.m.); Foo Fighters (9-11 p.m.)

Saturday: O’Brother (1-1:30 p.m.); Civil Twilight (1:30-2 p.m.); LP (2-2:45 p.m.); Garbage (2:45-3:45 p.m.); Adam Ant (3:45-4:45 p.m.); Ludacris (4:45-5:45 p.m.); Neon Trees (5:45-6:45 p.m.); Florence and the Machine (6:45-8 p.m.); Girl Talk (8-9 p.m.); Pearl Jam (9-11 p.m.)

Tickets are $55 for a general one-day pass ($65 at the gate) or $100 for a two-day pass. VIP and Super VIP packages available. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.

Will Call/on-site sales:

Onsite ticket sales begin on Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at event entrances. Will call is located at the ticket booth at the corner of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive.

46 comments Add your comment

Jeffrey

September 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

No smoking? Outdoors? At a rock concert? Sad.

miekal

September 17th, 2012
3:20 pm

I aint going.

Enzo

September 17th, 2012
3:25 pm

Not Going. Pathetic that you can’t smoke – “But it’s for the children!”. At any rate, no one in this line up has been relevant for at least five years. Not at all worth the $100 dollar day.

jc

September 17th, 2012
3:58 pm

Enzo, you’re a retard. Jeffrey, you can stay home and kill yourself with those cancer sticks all you want. I’d prefer you go ahead and shoot yourself now to help keep health insurance rates down.

Jeffrey

September 17th, 2012
4:23 pm

BP

September 17th, 2012
5:30 pm

Can you clarify on the camera requirements? I have a DSLR with a 200mm lens. They denied me last year, but when I finally got in, everyone had them….I’m just a hobbyist

Melissa Ruggieri

September 17th, 2012
6:22 pm

BP – Checking for you now…

FoghornLeghorn

September 17th, 2012
7:18 pm

@BP I work for the security company staffing the event, and our typical allowance is nothing bigger than 50mm. If you don’t plan on being in the very front of the crowd near any of the security guys, no one will probably say anything to you. They don’t want you getting close and taking professional grade photos that you can replicate for money.

missnadine

September 18th, 2012
12:04 am

I’m an ex-smoker (quit 10 years ago), and I think it is weird that no smoking is allowed. I am sure some of the musicians smoke! Last I noticed, so do cops, and other security people. I think it is crazy to have a no smoking policy for the outdoors. What are they going to do, confiscate cigarettes at the entrances?

Ford

September 18th, 2012
1:11 am

Our Nanny has decided that we are fragile and “at risk” and therefore they will “protect” us. And,they should not concern themselves with cameras,the performers need promotion.

LG

September 18th, 2012
7:04 am

What time does Will Call open?

Bill99

September 18th, 2012
12:32 pm

Anyone know about ecigs? I can’t see how they apply to the new law.

Mitch Kumstein

September 18th, 2012
12:49 pm

No smoking…with Ludacris???Pearl Jam???

Oh! They mean cigarettes!

Good luck with that one, APD. This isn’t thr Lillith Fair and you will have a riot on your hands if you try to stop people from firing up a fattie when Ludacris hits the stage.

BP

September 18th, 2012
12:55 pm

@ Foghorn…thanks! I may just try to go with my 55mm DSLR. That’s the smallest lens i have. It’s the same i had last year, but they denied me at the gate. I ended up missing my favorite artist and had to drop $30 on cabs to drop of my camera. Needless to say i was pretty angry when I saw everyone had them when I finally got in. Personally, i don’t plan on getting close to the stage at all, just looking to capture the atmosphere.

@ Melissa…thanks for checking in. I’ve sent multiple messages about this and no one seems to give a clear answer when responding. The “no detachable lenses, but must be below 300mm” is very very vague.

Matt

September 18th, 2012
2:03 pm

What streets will inevitably be closed for this waste of time?

AG

September 18th, 2012
4:49 pm

@BP you are right…that is very, very confusing. I was just wondering the same thing about cameras for this weekend since this will be my first year going. Now I cannot decide what to do, but it seems like a DSLR with a 35mm lens would be okay?

@Melissa Any update from the music midtown management team? Thanks.

Melissa Ruggieri

September 18th, 2012
11:31 pm

Hey guys – I just heard back from my contact tonight who said you will NOT be allowed in with any kind of professional equipment, which includes detachable lenses. I explained your situation from last year, @BP, and she said it’s possible that those people you saw were credentialed media but weren’t wearing their passes or didn’t have them in plain view.
I’m just the messenger here, but in my opinion, I wouldn’t risk it if you don’t have an easy way to bring the camera back home if necessary.
Hope that helps.
Melissa

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Tommy

September 19th, 2012
10:52 am

So funny that all the butter teeth smokers are up in arms over this. Quit your whining and just smoke anyway brown lungs! Good gosh, it will be fine. All of us non-smokers are used to your smelly rudeness at these things, it will be fine. Just try to blow the smoke in each others’ faces and not ours while you destroy your insides, skin, taste, breath, and teeth. OK? Thanks and have fun!

David

September 19th, 2012
2:05 pm

Listen all you smokers. Give it up, you have no argument. No one wants to smell your carcinogent disgusting habit. Maybe you dont realize that you are slowly killing yourself and making people around you cringe. Further more their are options such as patches and electronic cigarettes that can keep your addiction at bay. I am a former smoker BTW and saw the light. Get over yourselves. You are not entitled to smoke anywhere outdoor when it affects others. Smoking in public is not a RIGHT so go on and continue to kill yourself in your own privacy and and some point ( sooner rather then later) you will all die a terrible death and we will never have to deal with your nasty habit again. I for one am definitely going now that I know I will not smell cigarette smoke.

DP

September 19th, 2012
2:23 pm

F.Y. I. — In July the Atlanta City Council voted to ban smoking in ALL of the city parks.

Turtle Man

September 19th, 2012
2:27 pm

@Melissa – are they guaranteeing tickets will be sold at the gates? Or could it sell-out? Just curious because buying a one-day pass through TM would be $74 as opposed to the $65 at door.

Trying to be thrifty!

Mary Jane

September 19th, 2012
2:31 pm

For all you crazy a** ex-smokers wishing death on everyone…. NO ONE is referring to cigarettes!

Rival

September 19th, 2012
2:55 pm

Re: cigarettes

It isn’t about the smoking. It’s about cleaning up all the cigarette butts you inconsiderate smokers leave behind. It’s a park. People don’t like to walk on (or amongst) trash.

Jeremy

September 19th, 2012
3:26 pm

Besides the obvious answer of “take Marta”, is there anywhere to park at Piedmont for MM?

Shirley Manson

September 19th, 2012
3:54 pm

You pricks had better not smoke on Saturday.

Melissa Ruggieri

September 19th, 2012
3:54 pm

Turtle Man – I think you’ll be OK buying a ticket at the gate.

Jeremy – I think you’re on your own with street parking, but many of the surrounding streets will be closed to non-residents. This link might be of some help. http://musicmidtown.com/location/directions-site-map/

Cheers,
Melissa

Bryan Stone

September 19th, 2012
10:40 pm

You’re also not allowed to smoke pot & I’d say there will be plenty of that too. If you scummy cigarette smokers want to smoke then smoke. Just don’t throw your nasty cig butts on the ground you inconsiderate trashy jerks.

brock

September 19th, 2012
11:25 pm

I had good luck parking in a Spring Street lot at the Dave Matthews show in ‘07. It is just one block further away than the MARTA station.

Smoking was banned in city parks this yr by the City Council, so do not blame organizers. It is ridiculous.

circle R

September 20th, 2012
12:32 pm

Can I bring in a “factory sealed” bottle of water that is in reality premium vodka? Just a thought. How do they determine “factory sealed” anyway?

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Blah

September 21st, 2012
12:27 pm

Will I be able to bring in a school-sized backpack into the event to carry my belongings?

Ellen TN

September 21st, 2012
2:06 pm

Does anyone know if the food/beverage vendors will be taking credit cards or will everything be cash only? Also will ATM’s be on site?

da' rick

September 21st, 2012
2:18 pm

@ the aholes giving cig smokers the business…go jump off bridge. i don’t smoke but i don’t give a what if people want to smoke at an open air concert as long as they don’t litter. get over yourselves!!

Glenn

September 21st, 2012
2:23 pm

BRING IT ON! My daughter and her boyfriend just drove down, directly from Gatineau qc. Canada (ass cramps and all) to party at Piedmont Park and to rock on, Looks like an awesome line-up of bands, as we say up north…”GIV’ER!”

LuvMusic

September 21st, 2012
2:25 pm

O’Brother, this whole blog commentary is plain old Ludicris if you ask me! And if everyone at Music Midtown doesn’t get out of hand on Saturday, i.e., is Civil, Twilight will come and if my name ain’t Adam, Ant spray will not keep the peanut butter and Pearl Jam sandwiches from serious insect infestation! And by the way, if you’ve ever heard a Girl Talk under the Neon Trees, then bless your heart, you’ll understand why nightingale Florence and the Machine gun Kelly will rappadapdap all night long!!! ….. and yes, I need heLP!!!

JP

September 21st, 2012
2:43 pm

@Enzo, Not relevant? I guess 5 grammys and “Album of the Year” in 2011 isn’t relevant enough? Hey it’s just the Foo Fighters. You don’t have to be a fan but use a better argument . Hell $100 to see Foo and Pearl Jam if they toured you couldn’t get in the place for $50 each. it would cost you twice that much. If you want to smoke then smoke whos really going to say anything to you? Your outside

Ellen TN

September 21st, 2012
2:48 pm

Way to go JP, you pretty much summed it all up on all counts.

Mark

September 21st, 2012
3:10 pm

Although I no longer smoke I don’t see the big deal about smoking at and outdoors concert. I remember the original Music Midtown and this sounds nothing like it used to be. I’m staying home.

PMC

September 21st, 2012
3:25 pm

People have actually followed no smoking rules at concerts? Not at any I’ve ever been to.

PMC

September 21st, 2012
3:28 pm

Melissa, do you know if this is on 2 stages or not? It seems odd to have acts times spaced so closely if they don’t have 2 stages.

Trish

September 21st, 2012
5:35 pm

I think the smoking ban has more to do with the condition of the grassy areas than anything else. They closed Piedmont for concerts for several years due to drought and severe stresses on the grounds & grass.

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brina

September 22nd, 2012
10:08 am

Hi Melissa! MM said they would post the food vendors but never did! Have you seen any vegetarian fare? And if so, what vendor? Thanks!