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Foo Fighters fans line up early for Music Midtown

The Foos have dedicated fans. Photo: Steve Gullick

The Foos have dedicated fans. Photo: Steve Gullick

Half an hour before gates opened Friday at Music Midtown, Heinrike Eckhart and Julia Wolf still stood patiently.

The friends, who work as German au pairs for Atlanta families, were first in the entrance line at Piedmont Park, a spot they staked out at 9:30 a.m.

The object of their commitment?

The Foo Fighters, who were set to close the first night of the two-day music festival.

“We liked Nirvana, but we were in diapers when they were popular,” Wolf, 20, said.

They weren’t sure if they would return for Saturday’s lineup, which includes Atlanta rapper Ludacris, ethereal British art-poppers Florence and the Machine, throwback Adam Ant and veteran rockers Pearl Jam, and had minimal expectations for the rest of Friday’s event, which included sets from Atlanta’s T.I. and The Avett Brothers.

“I hope the other bands will be good,” Wolf said, adding that obviously, she and Eckhart planned to stake out a spot in the front of the Electric Ballroom stage, where Van Hunt kicked off the event at 4:40 p.m. Friday.

The singer-guitarist, who came to prominence in Atlanta, joked to the small crowd assembled, “You don’t know us, but you’re clapping anyway. That’s cool.”

He and drummer Ruthie Price turned out a big, thick sound on a reggae-funk cover of “Mrs. Robinson” and his own “Dust.”

About 200 paces away, the slightly smaller Great Southeastern Music Hall stage loomed, where Joan Jett and The Blackhearts cranked through an hour long set that included well-known singalongs “Bad Reputation,” “Cherry Bomb” and “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

A few thousand people crowded the stage during Jett’s set, as an after-work crowd steadily multiplied.

Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta, the organizer of Music Midtown, couldn’t cite specific numbers, but said the turnout so far “is exceeding my expectations.”

5 comments Add your comment


September 22nd, 2012
12:46 am

The Foo Fighters were amazing. No need to be there at 9am, as we had a great vantage point, and arrived at 6. But WOW are the Foo Fighters amazing. I am VERY interested in hearing the real attendance numbers. It looked like a huge number. More than the Dome Monday night, even.


September 22nd, 2012
9:03 am

There might be no reason for you to be there at 9.30 am, which is okay. We had our day off and huge fans, and if you wanna stay in the first row you gotta be there early. But everybody can do what they want right? ;) I don´t think it is embarrassing for us, I think it is embarrassing for those mommy´s who came about half an hour after us! Anyway we made to the first row and had an awesome night :)

Hope everybody else enjoyed it!

Mama Maverick

September 22nd, 2012
9:11 am

Son volunteered to work MM all weekend and reported that FF’s were better than ever, crowd was loud but not obnoxious, looooottttssssss of interesting smelling smoke [g], and Joan Jett ROCKED on stage with Dave Grohl! Said very few of the crowd were jerks and the feel was very cool with the mixture of music genre & people. He knows now why I worked in the business for all of those years. Good Music, great venue, good crowd & picture perfect weather … Good Job so far Midtown Music Fest!


September 22nd, 2012
10:07 am

I am SOOOO bummed I missed Foo…can anyone share MM song list?


September 22nd, 2012
12:06 pm

Great stage layout. The natural slope and the giant video screeens made for excellent viewing. So much room behind the mixing board that I never felt crowded. The weather was perfect. The foo fighters were ON! Looking forward to Garbage and Pearl Jam to-day.