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.

Ludacris at Music Midtown 2012

Photo by Chris McKay/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Ludacris performs to a sold-out crowd during the 2012 Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park.

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.

The W Midtown

Photo courtesy of the W Located within walking distance of Piedmont Park, the W is the official hotel for the 2013 Music Midtown Festival. 

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 MARTARide 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

Journey

Jane's Addiction

2 Chainz

Phoenix

Cake

North Mississippi Allstars

The Mowgli's

Drivin' N' Cryin'

Sat., Sept. 21

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Queens of the Stone Age

Imagine Dragons

Weezer

Kendrick Lamar

Arctic Monkeys

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Tegan and Sara

Black Lips

Reignwolf

The Neighbourhood

ZZ Ward

Mona

Capital Cities

Great Hotel Options

The W Hotel in Midtown

The Loews

The Four Seasons

Regency Suites

The Hotel Indigo

The Georgian Terrace

The Artmore

 

 


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