The Best Music Festivals in Atlanta
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Atlanta, Georgia: home to peaches, a bustling city atmosphere, and of course, music festivals. From the longstanding Atlanta Jazz Festival to Shaky Knees (and Boots!), we’ve compiled a list of all of the must-see festivals taking place in Atlanta this year. Check ’em out below + find out where to get tickets.
Shaky Knees is the bread and butter of Atlanta’s festival scene. Entering its eighth year running, Shaky Knees features the biggest and best bands that the alt rock and indie world has to offer. Shaky Knees takes place in the heart of Atlanta at Central Park, and the three-day festival gives fans a sampling of both world-renowned and emerging artists. This year’s lineup of artists reflect just that. Festival goers can catch The Black Keys, The Strokes, and Smashing Pumpkins headlining, along with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, PUP, Portugal. The Man, and many more. shop Shaky Knees tickets
Imagine Music Festival
If you can imagine it, Imagine Music Festival has it. Atlanta’s Imagine Fest lets wristband holders become immersed in their music listening experience with killer lineups and a slew of activities to partake in right on the festival grounds. Live art exhibits, cirque acts, amusement rides, silent discos, and yoga classes are just some of the additional events that EDM lovers can take part in while indulging in elaborate DJ sets all weekend long. Imagine’s home base is Atlanta Motor Speedway, allowing the festival lots of ample space to host artists on various stages throughout the venue. While the 2020 lineup has yet to be announced, last year’s lineup is a stellar representation of Imagine’s popularity. Headliners included Marshmello, Diplo, Above & Beyond, and Zeds Dead, along with Louis The Child, Alison Wonderland, and Tipper adding to the stacked bill. shop Imagine Music Festival tickets
Shaky Boots is returning to the Peach State this summer after its debut in 2015. A sister festival to Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots keeps its finger on the pulse of country and folk music. The festival gives the tradition of country music a modern flair, with options to camp on the festival grounds and food vendors serving up some of Atlanta’s finest cuisine.
Tim Sweetwood, founder of Shaky Knees and Shaky Boots, recently shared about the rebirth of the popular country festival.
“It’s going to be a little less mainstream country,” Sweetwood explained in a press release. “You’ll have some elements of that, but also some Americana and folk and old-school outlaw country. Shaky Knees is a version of all things rock, and Shaky Boots is all things country across its many sub-genres.”
This year’s headliners are Brandi Carlile and Dierks Bentley – need we say more? Other notable artists that will be performing include Alison Krauss, Billy Strings, John Prine, and Tanya Tucker. shop Shaky Boots tickets
Atlanta Jazz Festival
Jazz music runs through the veins of the city of Atlanta, so it’s no surprise that the annual and long-running Atlanta Jazz Festival is near and dear to festival goer hearts. The festival has been hosting jazz greats since 1977, and will be celebrating its 43rd year in the running this summer. Attending Atlanta Jazz Fest is not only experiencing live music, but also experiencing one of Atlanta’s longest standing traditions.
Held at Piedmont Park, the space allows for local food and craft vendors to participate in the festival as well. Whether they’re a jazz legend or an up-and-coming musician, Atlanta Jazz Festival is a place for everyone to shine. While this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival is set for Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-24), the lineup is still TBA. Past performers include Marcus Strickland, Alicia Olatuja, and Kandace Springs. shop Atlanta Jazz Festival tickets
Atlanta Music Festivals 2020
|Sweetwater 420 Fest||April 24-26||get tickets|
|Shaky Knees||May 1-3||get tickets|
|Shaky Boots||May 8-9||get tickets|
|Atlanta Jazz Festival||May 23-24||get tickets|
|Music Midtown||September 19-20||get tickets|
|Imagine Music Festival||September 20-22||get tickets|
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