Rowdy Crowds Jump Fences at Music Midtown 2013

Eager music fans piled into Atlanta’s Piedmont Park Friday and Saturday Sept. 27 and 28 to jam out to their favorite bands at Music Midtown.

The festival had a wide variety of musical guests to accommodate everyone’s taste, ranging from rock to rap to alternative.

Friday’s lineup included rapper and Atlanta native 2 Chainz, French alternative-rock band Phoenix and the popular rock band Journey. Other musical guests on Friday included Cake, Drivin N’ Cryin, Jane’s Addiction, The Mowgli’s and North Mississippi All Stars.

“Journey was amazing,” said Keyandrea Mitchell, a junior at UWG. “They absolutely blew me away.”

The band ended the show with their hit song, “Don’t Stop Believing.”

The persistent rain on Saturday turned Piedmont Park into a massive mud field, but that did not appear to keep anyone from going to see their favorite bands. Saturday’s tickets were sold out.

Crowds became irritated as scanners had a hard time reading tickets and lines grew long.

“A few guys hopped the fence and ran into the park; people were cheering for them,” said Arieana Moss, junior. “It was actually pretty funny. Then I looked over my shoulder and saw a stampede of people running into the park as well. I guess everyone collectively decided to break down the fence. It was awesome.”

Thousands of people were wearing ponchos and carrying around umbrellas, but were still soaked and muddy. When it was time for the Imagine Dragons to perform, lead singer Dan Reynolds said that his band came at a good time because the rain had stopped.

Saturday’s lineup included The Neighbourhood, Weezer, Capital Cities, Arctic Monkeys, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Imagine Dragons, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Tegan and Sara, ZZ Ward, Black Lips and Reignwolf.

Headlining Saturday night was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and they attracted the largest crowd at the event. The park had barely any breathing room, but the energy from the crowd and the band was unstoppable, and everyone danced and sang into the late hours of the night.



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