Musically rejuvenated. That’s how I’m feeling after this past weekend at Music Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sarah and I made the trek from Clemson to ATL on Saturday morning, with a jam-packed playlist, a carefully scheduled itinerary and joyful spirits (no joke, the itinerary Sarah made for us even set aside time for bathroom and food breaks…we don’t mess around). We conquered Marta together, well Sarah did…I just followed along. And joined the rest of our new best friends for the weekend on the half mile walk from Midtown Station to Piedmont Park.
We knew the beginning of Saturday would be slow, so we took that time to explore the festival grounds and stock up on some Island Noodles. The weather was gorgeous, with bright sunny skies…but hot, very hot. I probably drank at least seven bottles of water. One, to stay hydrated, and two, because it was free and beers were a whopping $8.
Over the course of Saturday, we had the pleasure of seeing City and Colour, DNCE, LOGIC, Leon Bridges, Band of Horses, G-Eazy, Beck, Collegrove (Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz) and Twenty One Pilots. I honestly can’t pick a favorite set from that day, they were all SO different. I will say I had a surprisingly good time watching DNCE, and it was pretty fantastic to reminisce on our early high school years at Lil Wayne.
Sunday was going to be the better day of the two, with one issue. The weather. We knew there was a chance of rain, but we were mainly just hoping for the best. Well, that hope was crushed pretty early on when the skies broke loose on our walk to the park, which resulted in an impulse purchase of a $5 yellow pancho (aka garbage bag) from a guy on the street. Mine became a scoop neck edition and eventually the panchos literally got rained off of our bodies.
We started off the day seeing Daya, Peter Bjorn and John, St. Lucia (!!!) and Corinne Bailey Rae. How ironic that during the sunny Corinne, the skies REALLY decided to break loose. Torrential downpours. Tons of people huddled under the trees seeking some sort of coverage. I indulged in a $12 chicken finger basket while sitting on a tree root in the pouring rain. Truly a pathetic sight. Then the news came. We had to evacuate for a “weather emergency”. Keep in mind, it was raining badly, but to our knowledge we hadn’t heard thunder or seen lightning. The masses exited the park, and the majority stayed close by with hopes that we would eventually get let back in. Also, we had nowhere else to go, so we didn’t really have a choice.
It was absolute chaos! There were some people jumping in puddles, people climbing trees and a group of us belted into “When You Were Young”. If we weren’t going to be able to see The Killers that night, might as well do it for ourselves. Nobody knew what was going on and nobody’s phones worked because of the amount of people there. It was pretty wild.
There were a couple of false alarms when we thought we would get to go back in, then it finally became a reality after an hour in the rain! We all stormed the field and ran to the Electric Ballroom stage where James Bay was scheduled to perform. No sets were cancelled, just moved around and shortened…which was awesome! This did mean the day would end at 11 p.m. instead of 10 p.m., tears for Monday when work came around. Still trying to catch up on sleep… Also, our itinerary was thrown out the window, which is a little disheartening like the Type A planners that Sarah and I are.
We were up very close for James Bay, and ended the day seeing Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Kesha, Alabama Shakes and THE KILLERS! My favorite set of the day was obviously The Killers, but I surprisingly had an AMAZING time at Kesha throwing it back to 10th grade, and have a new favorite, St. Lucia. We ended the day with McDonald’s and a soggy, late night drive back to Clemson.
All in all, it was a fantastic weekend filled with dancing with abandon, singing off-key, basking in some of our favorite bands and discovering new favorite bands. 10/10 would recommend going and we hope to be back next year! It was my first music festival, and me and Sarah have decided to make it an annual thing!
One tip I do have is to use your phone sparingly! These are long days and you want your battery to last. We couldn’t believe the lines of people waiting to charge their phones at the stations located throughout the park! You are seeing some phenomenal live music, don’t watch it through the screen of your phone! I tried to get one picture or Snapchat video of each band I saw, but other than that it was two social media/texting free days. Plus, your phone is struggling to work anyways.
This week I’ve been stalking my favs on Insta (Patti Beranek and Jean-Philip Grobler from St. Lucia ❤) and creating a 9-5 grind playlist of the best songs I heard from the weekend to jam out with at work. Check it out on Spotify (username: _hgoodwin)!
More fun music stuff: Cameron and I went to see Brave Baby and Atlas Road Crew the weekend before last at Music Farm and it was so much fun! It’s so nice to hear live music every once in awhile and get some fresh inspiration. Also, a reasonably priced date night that didn’t solely involve going out to eat!
Thanks for stopping by!