The ABCs of Music Midtown 2013
For two crazy days Atlanta’s Piedmont Park is the stage for one of the city’s most anticipated outdoor events.
Judging by our data, dear hip readers, a lot of you own homes or are thinking of buying one. From this we deduce that you’re responsible enough to acquire a home loan and probably have a good job. But this doesn’t mean you aren’t willing to scoot out of the office early on a Friday, head over to Atlanta’s biggest outdoor music event and sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” at the top of your lungs.
We’re talking about Music Midtown 2013, which takes place on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 in Piedmont Park. If you’re on the fence about going, we’ve got all the info you need on how to “festival” smartly because at this point in our lives we’ve learned that knowledge is power. And, being prepared isn’t just for the Boy Scouts; it’s for people like us.
Get Tickets Now
The tickets are so reasonably priced at $50 for a Friday pass, $85 for a Saturday pass and $110 for a two-day ticket, how can you resist? Avoid convenience fees by going down to the Tabernacle on Fridays where you can buy tickets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride the new Ferris wheel while you’re there. Or buy tickets online at Ticketmaster.
V.I.P. packages are $250 per day or $1,000 lands you a two-day “Super V.I.P. ticket.” That’ll get you your own air-conditioned loo, a private viewing area, table service and an open bar. Oh, you’ll also get sushi, custom burgers from Holeman & Finch, a ridiculously decadent dessert station and much more. We know — we had you at loo.
Knowing Before Going
Gates open at 4 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. Do we really need to remind you how bad Atlanta traffic is? Take MARTA. Ride a bike and park it on 10th Street next to the Grady High School stadium. Or why not book a hotel for the weekend? The W Midtown is the official festival hotel but we’ve listed other great options below, all within walking distance.
No pets (except service animals), no coolers though you may bring one sealed bottle of water and an empty reusable container; no chairs of any kind; beach blankets and towels are acceptable. Ins and outs are permitted, so hang on to your ticket stub. There are more ATMs this year, more food options, a hammock area for relaxing and don’t forget the artist’s market. If you've got wares of your own to hock, sign up and be part of the artist’s market.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the port-a-lets. Many folks at last year’s event complained there weren’t enough. According to organizers, there were but people have a tendency to follow the crowd. Be bold and seek the ones on the outer edges.
The Lineup As We Know it
Remember, gates open Friday at 4 p.m. and noon on Saturday.
Friday, September 20
North Mississippi Allstars
Drivin' N' Cryin'
Sat., Sept. 21
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Queens of the Stone Age
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Tegan and Sara
Great Hotel Options