Some scenes from Friday’s CounterPoint Festival.
Not even the sweeping storm that plowed through the CounterPoint site Friday afternoon could unplug the electronic dance music festival.
The rural locale in Fairburn was evacuated for about 45 minutes when festival staff and Fulton County Police determined that weather conditions were too dangerous to remain on site.
While precautions are always welcome and necessary, it also meant that hundreds of cars streamed onto the property simultaneously once it was deemed safe to return, resulting in an hour-long wait to enter the day parking area, which was basically a marsh by then.
Theophilus London, Lance Herbstrong, and Street Lurkin were forced to cancel their sets. Later, M83 withdrew from about an hour before their performance because of equipment malfunctions caused by the thunderstorm.
Though the French band was a main draw at the festival, fans weren’t left listening to crickets; Theophilus London filled their slot.
Once the festival resumed with, ironically, Washed Out performing on one of the main stages, the damp and muddy music fans were ready to resume dancing, smoking and playing Hacky Sack (except for those who opted to take a quick snooze in a nearby hammock area or slosh around in a small pond.
Veteran hip-hop group Atmosphere, led by the fluid stylings of rapper Slug, commanded the second main stage with a meaty set that tracked back to their 2002 album, “God Loves Ugly.”
As an inflatable Corona bottle bounced around the crowd, Slug commanded the crowd to wave their hands “left-right-left” like a military sergeant on “Guns and Cigarettes” and spouted plenty of off-color humor in songs such as “Sunshine.”
Once their set ended, Crystal Castles was supposed to begin immediately – part of the reason for the side-by-side stages was to encourage seamless segues – but about half an hour passed before black-clad Ethan Kath and lavender-haired Alice Glass hit the stage.
Glass made a dramatic entrance, quickly jumping into the crowd to writhe and bounce to the sharp, throbbing beats being created by her partner and a live drummer.
AVICII and Bassnectar were expected to perform as planned on Friday, while Saturday’s lineup should entice the largest of the one-day pass holders.
Big Boi, Wale, Skrillex and Pretty Lights will cap an all-day lineup that begins shortly after noon.