While not my normal content, a rumor that Music Midtown might be resurrected this year definitely peaked my interest.
For readers unfamiliar, Music Midtown was a large outdoor 3-day concert that took place in Atlanta from 1994 til 2005. The concert was put on hiatus in 2006, with losses from inclement weather and expensive acts said at the time to be the main culprits. Originally set on land now home to the Federal Reserve Bank on Peachtree Street, it moved for a year to land near Ivan Allen Plaza downtown before moving once again to a number of land parcels around the Civic Center and North Avenue.
In peak years, the festival drew nearly 300,000 revelers to as many as seven stages, spanning many genres of music. Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee at times competed for premier acts and attendees with Music Midtown, with both festivals usually scheduled in May or June.
Rumors have swirled that Coldplay, The Black Keys and Prince will headline a newer and smaller Music Midtown later this year. Set to take place September 23rd and 24th on two stages in Piedmont Park, no one has been willing to opening confirm this yet...
Today at noon, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Live Nation's Peter Conlon (co-founder of Music Midtown) will make what's being called a "Major Music Announcement," at the W Downtown. My thinking, and many others at this point, is that this announcement will be that Music Midtown back!. While this seems like the logical outcome, having such a significant announcement about a midtown attraction at a downtown hotel seems a bit odd.
What are your thoughts? Any especially vivid memories of past Music Midtown festivals?