SweetWater 420 Festival – 2015 PREVIEW

So, the first thing you have to know about SweetWater 420 Fest is that it is first and foremost a celebration of that sweet golden nectar we all love so much, beer.

SweetWater is a microbrewery based out of Atlanta, Georgia. Every year, it hosts this  little event to celebrate spring in the region. However, this little event has become a major player in the south easter festival circuit. Although it is competing directly with Wanee this year, there is a lot of excitement backing the underdog. 420 Fest has grown steadily over the last few years. The stacked lineup this year reflects the outstanding success of previous years! Check out the headliners each night…

Friday, April 17
Snoop Dogg, Thievery Corporation, Cold War Kids and Beats Antique
Saturday, April 18
Cage the Elephant, Primus, Gov’t Mule and The Floozies
 Sunday, April 19
311, Moe. and Slightly Stoopid and The Wailers

Looks like a full weekend to me! The location of 420 Fest is another big plus. It’s right in the middle of the city of Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park, which is one of my favorite places in the city! However, one downside to the location will be parking. I would recommend riding Marta to Peachtree Center & the Dome/CNN Center/GWCC! Since the festival ends at 11PM, you will be able to ride back before the service shuts down for the night. Other than that, there’s lots of random parking in the city near the venue. It could get pricey to pay $15+ per day though. There are lots of hotel options in the area, as well! Things like that definitely make it easier to navigate a city festival and the logistics of drinking and such.

Soooo, let’s talk about the weather. As of now, it looks like there’s a good chance for rain at some point this weekend. There really is the possibility for a lot of precipitation. (as of Monday 4/13 at noon) So, take a rain poncho. No big deal. The venue is a mix of greenery and pavement/brick work. Hopefully, the mud will be minimal!

420 Fest is held inside a city with strict noise laws, so it will end promptly at 11PM each night. Luckily, there are lots of venues around that can host after parties! Here’s a list of some events going on after hours…

Friday, April 17th: 
Terminal West – Pigs on the Wing ft. David Murphy ($15 adv)

Saturday, April 18th:
Terminal West – Break Science w/ Modern Measure ($17 adv)
Gold Room – Oliver Heldens ($18 adv)
Iris – Eddie Gold + Ra ($15 adv)

Other things to check out during the festival:
The SweetWater Experience (BEER!!!) there will be lots of special beer on tap for the event…I have my eye on that 2013 Experience IPA w/ Pecans
The Relapse 420 Comedy Tent featuring 3 nights of Rory Scovel, star of TBS show, Ground Floor
Not-So-Silent Disco which features the fest’s electronic music! Headliners like Anna Lunoe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, David Heartbreak, Eliot Lipp, Plastic Plates and some local favorites Modern Measure, Ployd, Skymatic, and Triz Trotta!

For ticket info, click here!!!
Volunteer opportunities are available, hurry up and apply to be part of the team! VOLUNTEER 2015
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