Garbage, Neon Trees, Adam Ant Complete Music Midtown Bill
Last year, Atlanta festival Music Midtown returned in somewhat limited form after a few year hiatus, but when it was announced earlier this year that Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters would headlining this year’s festival, long-time fans of the event knew it was really back.
Now the schedule has been fleshed out even more, with Garbage, Neon Trees and Adam Ant joining the lineup.
The festival will be held September 21-22 and will take place in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. Two stages will be set up to host 15 acts during the festival. As promoter Peter Conlon put it, “Fifteen artists over two days for $100 – you can’t beat that.”
In addition to the headliners and the new additions, festivalgoers can also look forward to seeing acts like Van Hunt, T.I., Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, The Avett Brothers, Civil Twilight, Ludacris, Florence & the Machine, O’Brother, LP and Girl Talk.
When the initial lineup was announced, Conlon spoke of why he had expanded this year’s festival from the one-day event last year.
“The thing we didn’t have time to do last year was [work on] diversification,” Conlon, who is president of Live Nation Atlanta, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “This year we have a very diverse lineup. I also wanted an Atlanta feel because this is an Atlanta festival.
He also spoke of how he wants to continue to grow the festival in future years.
“I’d like to grow a little more, maybe three or four stages, but we’ll never get up to six stages again,” he continued. “It got unmanageable. We were programming stages for the fact of programming them.”
The six stages Conlon refers to were hosted at the 2005 Music Midtown festival, the last before the event went on hiatus until last year. During it’s peak, the festival reportedly drew more than 300,000 music fans.