Preparing for Music Midtown

Native Atlanta folks surely remember the grand tradition of Music Midtown, and this year the organizer’s have made the event even bigger and full of amazing talent. This year festival goers get to enjoy the music of Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, The Avett Brothers, Girltalk, and so many others. The full festival schedule is below so you can begin to plan your adventure, or you can go to http://lineup.musicmidtown.com/ to personalize your own schedule.

While you are preparing to chill at Music Midtown there are a few things to consider for those who are not familiar with the area. The most important of which is parking. People are traveling from all over to attend this event, and parking is very limited. The Meadow at Piedmont Park is a beautiful, wide open field, positioned (as the name suggests) right in the heart of the city. It is located in between two heavily trafficked streets and the park has only a few parking locations. The neighboring streets will be closed to non-residents, so there is no chance of parking on the surrounding roads. The good news is, Piedmont park is located within walking distance to two MARTA stations (Atlanta’s public transit system). The nearest stations are at Midtown and Arts Center. For specific directions from the MARTA stations you can visit http://musicmidtown.com/location/directions-site-map/, or of course just follow all the people!

If you choose to ride a bike, the lovely people at Music Midtown will provide a rack for you to chain up. There will also be a guard near by who will monitor the rack for safety. Cabs are also an option for those staying in neighboring hotels or living close by. Traffic is sure to be congested so give yourself plenty of time to wait for a cab and get yourself to the show.

Before and after the show there are lots of neighboring locations to grab a cocktail or a bite to eat. If you are arriving early I suggest The Flying Biscuit, one of my favorite Midtown restaurants. Their grits will make you melt and they have fine Mimosas or strong coffee to get your day started right. Jason’s Deli is right next door and they have an amazing salad and sandwich selection, complete with free soft serve ice cream! If you are looking for something with more of a kick, Blake’s, Zocalo, or Park Tavern will have the hard stuff you’re looking for. The restaurants and pubs surrounding the event are sure to be packed, so give yourself enough time to walk around and hang out.

We are so looking forward to bringing this Atlanta tradition back this year, and for all of us here at FestivalSurvivalGuide.com it is especially close to our hearts. This past year we have traveled all over so it is wonderful that we can bring our coverage to our home town. Can’t wait to see you all there, and you can follow us on facebook and twitter so see how our Music Midtown adventure is shaping up, or find us to say hello!

Friday Schedule:

Van Hunt-4:30-5:15 Electric Ballroom Stage http://www.vanhunt.com/

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts– 5:15-6:15 Great Southeast Music Hall Stage http://www.joanjett.com/

T.I.-6:15-7:30 EB Stage http://www.trapmuzik.com/

The Avett Brothers-7:30-9:00 GSMH Stage http://www.theavettbrothers.com/

Foo Fighters-9:00-11:00 EB Stage http://www.foofighters.com

Saturday Schedule:

O’Brother-1:00-1:30 GSMH Stage http://www.beneathyourgardenwindow.com/

Civil Twilight-1:30-2:00 EB Stage civiltwilightband.com

LP-2:00-2:45 GSMH Stage http://www.iamlp.com

Garbage-2:45-3:45 EB Stage http://garbage.com/

Adam Ant-3:45-4:45 GSMH Stage http://www.adam-ant.net/

Ludacris-4:45-5:45 EB Stage http://www.islanddefjam.com/artist/home.aspx?artistID=7310

Neon Trees-5:45-6:45 GSMH Stage http://www.fameisdead.com

Florence + The Machine-6:45-8:00 EB Stage http://florenceandthemachine.net/

Girl Talk-8:00-9:00 GSMH Stage http://www.myspace.com/girltalk/

Pearl Jam-9:00-11:00 GS Stage http://pearljam.com/

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