BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
Two things we know about this year’s Music Midtown: no hurricanes this weekend, and additional bathrooms on the site at Piedmont Park.
The seventh installment of the two-day music festival boasts a quartet of genre-spanning headliners — Bruno Mars, Future, Blink-182 and Mumford & Sons — as well as an undercard stocked with respected young acts (HAIM, Tove Lo, Judah & the Lion) and a few rock vets (Collective Soul, Weezer).
If you plan to hang out at Piedmont Park this weekend, here are eight things to help you navigate and enjoy your Music Midtown experience.
1. There are four entrances to the festival. Re-entry is permitted; however, you must be “scanned out” upon exiting if you wish to return that day.
The four entrances:
• Charles Allen Gate — located at the corner of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive
• Lakeside Gate — located at the Piedmont Park 14th Street entrance by Magnolia Hall
• 10th Street Gate — located across from Grady High School Stadium
• 12th Street Gate — located at 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue
The far right lane at every gate will be ADA accessible.
Festival hours are noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
2. Don’t try to drive, because there is nowhere to park. We are not exaggerating. There is, however, parking for those with disabilities available in surrounding paid and private lots.
Patrons are encouraged to walk, bicycle, or use ride-sharing services or MARTA, which for many will be the best option. The Midtown and Arts Center stations on the Red and Gold lines are the closest. The most convenient free MARTA parking is Lindbergh Center Station, also on the Red and Gold lines.
Attendees can also walk or ride the Beltline Eastside Trail from Inman Park or the Old Fourth Ward straight into Piedmont Park. Those who bike can take advantage of complimentary bike valet.
3. Enhanced security will be in place, so fans are encouraged to arrive early. Be prepared for inspection as you enter, as well as for the use of metal detectors. Bags — which will be searched — are limited to drawstring bags or small clutch purses no larger than 10 inches by 10 inches by 10 inches. Backpacks and CamelBaks are not allowed.
Lockers will be available to rent to store personal items and charge mobile devices for $25 for one day or $35 for two days. They will be located on Oak Hill inside the Charles Allen entrance to the festival. Click here for more information.
4. Make sure to activate your wristband before you head to Piedmont Park. You can sign up for MM Cashless from Bank of America (to pay for drinks, food and festival merchandise with your wristband). Bank of America cardholders will enjoy extra perks such as access to the Bank of America Lounge. Attendees can register their wristbands with their Bank of America card and tap their wristband at the lounge entrance.
5. A new version of the free Music Midtown app is available for Android and iPhones. Festivalgoers can get real-time updates, schedules, maps and information on food vendors. Opt-in for push notifications to receive up-to-date news.
6. Speaking of food, some of this year’s offerings include Siri Grill, Fry Guy, Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, Willy’s Mexican Grill, Island Noodles, Bhojanic, Ibiza Bites, Super Tot and Bollywood Zing.
7. If you still need to buy tickets, make sure to purchase via musicmidtown.com or frontgatetickets.com, the official ticket providers for Music Midtown. Tickets are $145 for a two-day general admission pass, $600 for two-day VIP and $1,750 for two-day Super VIP.
Music Midtown is open to all ages; however, every attendee must have a ticket.
If the festival is canceled for any reason, only tickets purchased through those two sites will be refunded. Also, if you can’t attend a certain day and you’re thinking about selling your wristband, good luck with that. The removal of a wristband automatically voids it.
Box offices will be located at Piedmont Park Community Center at 12th Street and Piedmont Avenue (10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-closing Saturday and Sunday) and at Grady Stadium on Monroe between 10th and Eighth streets (10 a.m.-closing Saturday and Sunday).
8. A full list of allowed and prohibited items can be viewed at musicmidtown.com, but the quick list is:
Yay: Binoculars, blankets/towels, nonprofessional cameras (no removable lenses) and water (you may bring one factory-sealed water bottle up to 1 liter and refill it at free water filling stations or an empty reusable water bottle).
Nay: Drones, umbrellas (bring a poncho if you’re worried), video or professional recording equipment, weapons, selfie sticks, coolers, skateboards, fireworks, aerosol cans and baby strollers. Also, even though many people choose to ignore this fact, Piedmont Park is a city park, and there is no smoking in city parks. Don’t be annoying.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 16
1:45-2:30 p.m.: Daye Jack
3:30-4:30 p.m.: PVRIS
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Milky Chance
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Weezer
9:30 p.m.: Blink-182
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Bibi Bourelly
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Oh Wonder
6:30-7:30 p.m.: The Strumbellas
8:30-9:30 p.m.: Wiz Khalifa
Cotton Club Stage
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Sunflower Bean
4:30-5:30 p.m.: AJR
6:30-7:30 p.m.: BROODS
8:30-9:30 p.m.: The Naked and Famous
The Salesforce Stage
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Dua Lipa
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Vintage Trouble
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Tove Lo
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Big Sean
9:30 p.m.: Bruno Mars
SUNDAY, SEPT. 17
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Midnight Larks
2:30-3:30 p.m.: Missio
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Zara Larsson
6:30-7:30 p.m.: Young the Giant
8:30 p.m.: Future
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Hiss Golden Messenger
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Judah & the Lion
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Two Door Cinema Club
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Bastille
Cotton Club Stage
1:30-2:30 p.m.: Trippie Redd
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Joywave
5:30-6:30 p.m.: Lizzo
7:30-8:30 p.m.: Russ
The Salesforce Stage
12:30-1:30 p.m.: Circa Waves
2:30-3:30 p.m.: COIN
4:30-5:30 p.m.: Collective Soul
6:30-7:30 p.m.: HAIM
8:30 p.m.: Mumford & Sons