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CounterPoint festival launches in south Atlanta

Welcome to CounterPoint. Photos: Melissa Ruggieri

Welcome to CounterPoint. Photos: Melissa Ruggieri

Daniel Sydney and Ashley Francis left Orlando at 2 a.m. Thursday to make the eight-hour drive to Atlanta.

The pair was so excited about attending CounterPoint, for which they bought tickets in early summer, shortly after Francis returned from Bonnaroo, that they wanted to make sure they got to town in plenty of time to get to the three-day EDM festival on a 350-acre piece of land about 20 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Ashley Francis and Daniel Sydney came to Atlanta from Orlando for the fest.

Ashley Francis and Daniel Sydney came to Atlanta from Orlando for the fest.

Francis, decked out in an Indian headdress that someone gave her at a Sleigh Bells concert last year (which she planned to pass along to someone else at CounterPoint), said the fact that CounterPoint was new and probably smaller than Ultra Music Festival in Miami appealed to her.

Added Sydney, “They have a good mix of music with some indie electronica and rappers. It’s like an Ultra Bonnaroo.”

The pair, who are most interested in seeing Friday’s Crystal Castles, M83 and Bassnectar and Saturday main draw Skrillex, plan to camp out on site through Sunday morning, adding that they appreciated the affordable $15 camping fee.

Early Thursday evening, thousands of electronic music fans streamed through the entrances, some already donning colorful wigs and animal pelts, others in paisley skirts and baseball caps.

Organizers expect between 16,000 and 20,000 attendees throughout the three-day affair.

While CounterPoint doesn’t fully kick in until Friday, on Thursday night the “Beat” tent was pounding with the sounds of Nobody Beats the Drum and Adventure Club. Across the field, the “Point” and “Counterpoint” stages stood side by side, primed for use starting Friday at 1 p.m.

Greg Mike of Atlanta's ABV Gallery works on his live art installation.

Greg Mike of Atlanta's ABV Gallery works on his live art installation.

Spread throughout the grassy terrain were rows of food trucks (Champion Cheesesteaks, The Mobile Marlay among them), food tents (DBA Barbecue, Rev Coffee) and vendors selling the usual assortment of clothing, sunglasses, and, in a handy turn, a “general store” proffering candy, batteries, sunscreen and many other forgot-to-pack items. (The majority of vendors are cash only; ATMs are on site.)

Those who wanted a diversion from the music could wander around and check out the live art displays, being created by 10 artists.

Greg Mike, the art director for CounterPoint, worked with spray paint on his own portrait of what initially looked like a squirrel, but soon sprouted antlers. Mike, of Atlanta’s ABV Gallery, said he’ll work on the design all weekend, letting it develop organically.

Box art.

Box art.

Nearby, towers of white cardboard boxes with random squares of sod on top presented another opportunity to say, “Huh.”

For a full schedule of performers at CounterPoint, check out http://www.counterpointfestival.com/.

 

 

 

 

Fans crowd the "Beat" tent.

Fans crowd the "Beat" tent.

23 comments Add your comment

Local Resident

September 28th, 2012
2:11 pm

We do not want this in our neighborhood! Traffic was a disaster within 3 miles of this festival. We do not have the infrastructure or the resources to support this event. They always allow this kind of crap on the Southside of Atlanta. The festival needs to go to the Northside and take all the week-end bicyclist with it. We do not want you here!!!

atl

September 28th, 2012
2:16 pm

“We do not want you here…”

The same could probably be said about you and your negativity.

Music Festival India 2013

September 29th, 2012
6:39 pm

music, live art, grassy terrain…the perfect affair to blend in…Atlanta will be such a wondeful place to be!!

Music Festival India 2013

kim

September 29th, 2012
11:30 pm

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kim

September 29th, 2012
11:38 pm

I agree. Saddly the concerts goers have trashed our neighborhoods, driving in our yards, rude and have made it miserable. This could have been great all around with common sense and courtesy. The promoters did not comp us, or even warn us, no tickets, cops have been rude, blocked us from our own homes and roads. It is a nightmare. And sad. Lol… the bikers/ cyclists are horribly rude snd stupud. Why do they need to come here? Ride at thier own homes, endanger thiet locals. … OR COME HERE AND BE CONSIDERATE….novel idea? MAYBE IF THE PROMTERS HAD OFFERED US TICKETS, or let us know schedules, or planned the trafficoff the minor roads it would have been welcomed.

Jon

September 30th, 2012
2:13 pm

I live pretty close to the festival and I’ve gone to a few other festivals in the past. Compared to other festivals this one had barely any impact on the community….just a handful of people in that exact area.

My biggest complaint:
Its all superficial electronic crap music.

Hopefully next year will have a few bands worth going to see.

Fulton Resident

September 30th, 2012
7:11 pm

The above comments are a disgrace to Atlanta. Typical NIMBY mindset. Get over it. You live in the middle of nowhere South Fulton county, the ideal setting for this festival. There are no venues on the north side that can handle this sort of event. I am sure you dont complain nearly as much when the large horse shows are held at this same venue. You just don’t like the content of the event, and would deny other people the opportunity to enjoy their chosen form of entertainment based purely on your own personal tastes. Your pettiness is pathetic.

“The promoters did not comp us, or even warn us, no tickets”. Please. You want the event coordinators, who are bringing a lot of badly needed economic activity into our county by the way, to give you money simply because you live close by? Really? Where does it stop? How many miles away do you have to live before you dont get comped? Should I be comped every time a parade or other event clogs traffic and limits access to my neighborhood? How about all the traffic the professional sports games cause in the city. Should all the residents be comped for that? Its ridiculous and selfish to even suggest this. Grow up.

We as a city should welcome this festival. It provides economic and cultural benefits, and could continue to do so for years.

Jeremy

September 30th, 2012
9:32 pm

I was wondering where more of the pictures taken at this event are if there’s an galleries I would love to see them cause I remember the lady referring me to this site after taking my picture I would love to see how it came out!

ATL

October 1st, 2012
12:00 am

Kim please learn how to use your computer and the English language, because half of what you typed
makes no sense.

an attendee

October 1st, 2012
12:05 am

Drove down from Chicago, LOVED this festival. Great job team, can’t wait til next year

ATL

October 1st, 2012
12:37 am

Also, to all who people have bashed the festival. You are incredibly selfish. #1 These types of behaviors (rude fans/ bad traffic directions by cops) happen every time that there is a sports event in the city. The fact that this surprises you, just shows a lack of foresight on your part. #2 atlanta has one of the best road systems in the country, so infrastructure really has nothing to do with it. The only thing that is lacking in our infrastructure is a good public transit authority. (which the expansion of has been voted against countless times) you want less traffic?!?! then support MARTA! If you don’t support the expansion of MARTA, then you really have no room to talk. #3 Counterpoint brought copious amounts of revenue to the city, so why should they have to pay you? #4 This festival has provided an opportunity for the world to see Atlanta as a hub for culture, rather than the narrow minded racist hotbed that has been associated with Georgia for so long. #5 really? you guys are going to chastise the bikers who are out enjoying gods great earth ON A WEEKEND?!?!?!?! please! “oh i have to be considerate for once in my life, and not run over someone who is enjoying a beautiful day!” hurr durr, chances are that you sit at home all day, and could stand to get outside. I myself am not a biker, but it’s their right to ride on the road and you should respect that! The only comfort I get by seeing your asinine comments is that I have seen videos of the festival, and it seems to have been a huge success. I look forward to next year when all of your anger turns to hopelessness, and you desperately type about saving your neighborhood from the imminent destruction! have fun with that! I personally, will be attending the festival and showing the utmost respect for the surroundings. I do have to say that those people who trashed your neighborhood do not properly represent the festival, and that it is unfortunate that you have had those injustices done to you. I just feel by the testimony that was given, that you all had a problem before the festival even began.

ATL

October 1st, 2012
1:07 am

sorry about the typo.

Local Resident

October 1st, 2012
7:42 am

ATL- You’re so pro festival, I am sure you wouldn’t mind having it moved to your neighborhood starting next year; then you can be kept up to the wee hours of the morning listening to the beat of that mindless techno crap. We do not need MARTA, we just need idiots like you to stay out of our neighborhood.

Todd

October 1st, 2012
9:12 am

LOL The festival was great! I consider myself a festival vet (5 Bonnaroos, Magfest, etc.) and the organization was pretty on point. The venue area layout was perfect IMHO. There were a couple lacking aspects that I’m sure they will correct next time around: the event signage leading into the festie were unclear (we were turned around and redirected many times in the RV), few more water stations! I noticed by day two they added more in the venue area but in the east camping area there were only 4 for like 3K people. Place RV on more even ground and closer to the entrance, we pay more so should get a slightly better accommodation not the furthest point from the entrance..how about that back strip on the river that was blocked off? That would be perfect!! Local Residents: I’m sure it is irritating to some degree but there are bad apples in every bunch, the majority of us respect your neighborhoods and mean no harm. The revenue generated for your county & town should help you advocate for future festivals and events. I am curious to see the numbers and I’m sure if your local school got new computers or your pothole filled then you wouldn’t mind a little traffic ;)

Local Res

October 1st, 2012
11:42 am

That was the one of the best festivals ever..i didnt mind sharing our town with all the Bassheads and Party People out there..thank you for making our small lame ass area bumping for one weekend out of the year..i have heard its going to be there for the next 5 years..and i will be at all of them..one love people…except you down there ( v) you negative nacy..

Rick

October 1st, 2012
1:46 pm

What houses? What residents? I saw nothing out there. Seriously, hillbillies, go kill yourselves.

Steven Holagh

October 1st, 2012
3:02 pm

For anyone who doesn’t want this, TOO BAD! CounterPoint now has a five year contract! So get out your glow sticks and get over it! EDM is here to stay! Rave on!

Benjira

October 1st, 2012
3:14 pm

I am an older 54 year old Techo lover. I am in the production business. I had no problems getting in or out of the venue on Friday or Saturday during peak hours. I have worked UltraFest for many years, and this festival was right up there with Ultra. It was well thought out well organized. The piece of property is an amazing place for such an event. I am really proud of Atlanta for putting this on. Sorry to make all of the country music fans mad. But i am sure had it been the Charlie Daniels Band they would have been right in the middle of it. This is something that needed to happen here and I hope it was an amazing success. AWESOME JOB COUNTERPOINT !!!!!!!!

Emily

October 1st, 2012
7:24 pm

Thank you CounterPoint! I am so excited for next year! It was amazing and everyone had so much fun. Thank you Atlanta, and South Fulton, see you next year!

Matt

October 1st, 2012
8:15 pm

ATL

October 1st, 2012
11:13 pm

Local Resident- You astound me with the depth of your response. You obviously posses a colorful vocabulary, and calling me an idiot is so original! Truth is that I love all music, and i am a musician myself. I am a drummer and producer, and techno music is not mindless. It has an incredible amount of depth. It is like creating a small symphony, then adding a fill and repeating said symphony. Yes, the tempo does generally tend to be the same, but that is just for dance purposes. Hopefully i have slightly educated you, because i am done with this conversation. You obviously did not take anything useful from my previous comments and have made me feel sorry that there are people like you in this world. I hope you find peace in your life and that you release some of your anger that has obviously consumed you! The one good thing you did is make me feel better about myself, because i feel blessed to not be as dense as you! you are a hopelesss waste of breath and your worthleess oppinions do not hold a sense of validity due to your incompetence. <- that my good sir is an insult! don't call me an idiot!

lolderpherper

October 2nd, 2012
6:31 pm

Lol. There’s always some local crying. OH MY GOD IT’S SO TERRIBLE! PEOPLE CAME TO MY TOWN FOR A WEEKEND AND BROUGHT IN SOME MONEY. THEY WERE ONLY THERE FOR 3 DAYS BUT IT RUINED MY LIFE FOREVER. I’M GOING TO SIT AND WHINE AT MY COMPUTER BECAUSE INSTEAD OF WALKING TO MY FRONT DOOR AND GOING OUTSIDE. Oh no, you were kept up to the wee hours of the morning? It was 3 days. 3 days, out of a whole year. You probably couldn’t even hear it, you’re just looking for something to cry about. Hell, I don’t even like the electronic music, but you’re posts are simply ridiculous. Go move to florida, snag a sweet condo, and play board games with other people just like you.

Natasha

October 2nd, 2012
11:56 pm

Please. I live 10 minutes from the festival entrance and there was literally no traffic when I arrived Friday. There were maybe 4-5 hours of traffic on Thursday night when most people were arriving, which I’m sure was mildly inconvenient from some people who live there or commute along that route, but c’mon people!! I thought it was well set up and efficient, and I had an amazing weekend dancing all night!! Thanks Counterpoint, we love you! See you next year!