Exclusive Interview with Netherworld Haunted House Co-Founder

Netherworld’s Co-Founder tells us about this year’s haunted house and more…

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Netherworld’s new Stone Mountain location.

Last week, I visited Netherworld Atlanta, one of the most popular and top rated  haunted houses in the nation. During the visit, I went through both attractions “The Awakened” and “Subject:Unknown.” Each were entertaining in their own way; the attention to detail of each haunt was impressive, and the monsters are realistic and lifelike, whether in the haunted house or roaming the grounds.

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Citizens residing in “The Awakened”

Once you descend into the pitch black hallways, you’ll find creepy, old authentic furniture, “jail cells” where monsters hide in the shadows and jump at you, and visual illusions like the vortex tunnel. Netherworld is pulling out all the stops this year and it shows.

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I got a chance to sit down with the co-founder of Netherworld, Ben Armstrong, to find out what it has to offer at their new Stone Mountain location.

ABD: How are you enjoying the new location? Is there anything you can accomplish here that you couldn’t at the old one?

BA: First off, we own the building now and 9.5 acres of land. So, we’re able to do what we need to with the structure to fit our needs. It’s been good so far; we have offices now, we have room to do escape games, for our monster museum and we have a ton more backstage space allowing the haunts to expand. All very important things!

ABD: How long have you been in the haunting business? How’d you get started?

BA: I’ve been haunting since I was a little kid. My background actually is in television, I worked in TV in Tallahassee, Florida for 18 years. I hosted a late night horror show, and produced segments of the Jerry Lewis telethon. When I moved to Atlanta, I realized there were professional haunted houses, like it was a business. That’s also when I met my business partner Billy Messina. One year, the guy who did the haunts we both worked on said “he was done with them.” And that’s where the first Netherworld started.

ABD: What does Halloween mean to you?

BA: It’s a unique holiday and one of fun. With haunted houses, it becomes a tradition and groups of people get together, go, scream, have a good time. I love when I see people on social media like “We’re going to Netherworld!” and see them getting scared as they’re on the way.

ABD: How many people does it take to keep Netherworld going?

BA: This year it took a big staff because we moved and had to recreate something we’ve been doing for over 20 years. Now that we’re open, we have an even larger staff, about 400 people. Around 100 to 150 people will work on any given evening.

ABD: What have you learned from all the years of doing this? Have you stuck to the same plan or do you often change it up?

BA: If you ever stop learning, you stagnate. If you think you know it all about any subject, that’s a sign that you don’t. I learn new things every year, really every day.  Some little shadow in the corner you didn’t think twice about scares people a lot, or fascinates them. It’s like a movie where some little character that doesn’t seem important ends up becoming the most popular character to fans.

ABD: Tell us more about your haunts.

BA: We have two new haunts this year, “The Awakened” and “Subject: Unknown.” Conceptually “The Awakened” encompasses all the things Netherworld is about. You’ve got supernatural, monsters, mythology, ancient cities; the traditional things you’d expect to see in a haunted house. “Subject: Unknown” is more the science fiction end of the scale. There’s aliens, robots, dinosaurs.

ABD: What can returning fans look forward to in 2018?

BA: We have 3 escape games we’ll be doing year-round. We have a large “midway” area where you gather after exiting the haunts. There’s a gift shop, food, games, TONS of photo ops. People love to take pictures and our live monsters running around will pose or maybe just “show up” in your pics!

We’re going to be doing additional shows that we will announce soon like a glow-stick very dark version of the haunted house, the weekend after we close, November 4th. We’ll also be doing a Christmas and Valentine’s show.

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Be sure to check out the Netherworld Haunted House in Stone Mountain! It’s $23 on weekdays and $25 weekends and Halloween for “The Awakened.” For an extra $5 on weekdays, and $8 on weekends you can experience “Subject: Unknown” as well. For $55 on any night you will get a VIP Fast Pass which puts you to the front of line once you arrive.

For escape games book on the Netherworld site.

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During escape games you’ll have to work together.

 

A Quick Guide to Atlanta’s Haunted Houses

A Quick Guide to Atlanta’s Haunted Houses

What frightens you the most? Is it phantoms draped in blood-soaked clothing, clamoring for your life juices and organs? Is it gruesome gargoyles, zombies and demonic figures jumping out from the shadows to greet you? Is it the buzz of chainsaws, rusty mill equipment and screams of ghouls in the night?

The season of frights and freaky sights is upon us, and people seeking the thrill of a good scare will surely be able to get their fill this month.

Numerous haunted houses are up and running all around the Atlanta area, and the rest of Georgia. Take a look below for the low down on some of what Atlanta has to offer this year.

Netherworld Haunted House

Netherworld is Atlanta’s premiere haunted house. This year, it’s pulled up stakes to a new location in Stone Mountain, under new management. Netherworld promises uniquely frightening experiences for Atlantans and those in the city during October and early November.

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Attendees will scream in fright while being ambushed in close corridors by the likes of mummified corpses and extraterrestrial beings. Expect to be confronted by residents looking like they belong to an insane asylum, ghouls and giant robots wielding buzz saws.

The chamber of failed alien experiments at Netherworld.

Featuring two unique haunted houses with over 100 trained actors as zombies, ghouls and more otherworldly creatures, Netherworld is back and bigger than ever!

The Awakened, Netherworld Atlanta

The first haunted house, The Awakened, will have you traveling through the town of Whyshburg and the haunted Colber Mansion. Prepare to make your way past “The Awakened’s” residents, three-eyed once dead citizens, feral “Bone-Gnawers,” and more creatures of the undead. As you trek through cemeteries and the Forbidden City, you will confront and discover the origins of The Awakened, if you have the guts!

Subject: Unknown, Netherworld Atlanta

Netherworld’s second haunted house, Subject: Unknown, takes place in a research facility known as the BOX, where experiments on extraterrestrial and virus infected beings have gone awry, and they have broken free and roam about. You will witness alien autopsies, cloned prehistoric beasts and even take a ride in “The Elevator of Doom” as this horror science-fiction attraction gnaws away at your sanity!
This week, leading up to November 4th, Netherworld will have extended hours to accommodate the large crowds that are expected. You can pay extra to get a “fast pass” and jump to the front of the line.

Price: $23 for The Awakened | $28 to visit Awakened + Subject Unknown | $55 for a Speed Pass

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Friday – Saturday: 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Dates: October 5th until November 4th.

ATL Dead
The ATL Dead attraction has been a staple in the DC area and in Oklahoma City. This year, it also comes to Atlanta.

“The undead have taken over the “A” and only one outpost remains, “ from the ATL Dead website. “Teams of up to 6, armed with foam dart guns, will fight their way through an abandoned storefront in search of a vaccine that could rid humanity from the infection. Will you survive long enough to save the city? One part haunted house, one part immersive theatre, and one part live action video game, this 45 minute adventure is recommended for brave souls 10 years of age and up. Flat closed toe shoes are recommended.”
Described in reviews as “a realistic Resident Evil,” or like being in “an episode of The Walking Dead,” ATL Dead brings a more interactive experience to the haunted house arena.
This haunted house will have attendees climbing ladders, firing Nerf and other foam guns for zombie tagging, cooperation and team involvement. Flat closed-toed shoes are recommended. This is a cooperative experience that the whole family can enjoy.

Price: $30 – 35

Hours of Operation: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. / Sundays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Dates: October 11th – November 3rd.
*Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

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The Haunted Pink Trap House. Credit Haunted Pink Trap House & Atlanta Magazine.

The legendary 13 Stories is one of the few haunted houses in Georgia where, each year, it is required for patrons to sign a “waiver” upon entry. Monsters and creatures are allowed to “torment you mentally and physically” describes the 13 Stories’ website. The often talked about haunted house on social media is teaming up with rapper 2 Chainz’ “Pink Trap House” to bring you “The Haunted Pink Trap House.13 Stories will feature 3 haunted houses this year. To complete all three takes about an hour.

The Haunt – The traditional 13 Stories haunted house returns this year with a hip-hop themed vibe that will emulate scenes from 80s and 90s urban classic films. Expect horror meets retro film entertainment.

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Apocalypse Zombie Kill Experience – This attraction is an interactive zombie killing experience. Becoming increasingly popular across the nation, in this type of experience, you will be given a gun (in this case, an M4 rifle with 150 rounds), and will be tasked with eliminating the zombies populating a deserted wasteland. Think you, inside The Walking Dead with elements of first-person shooter video games.

The Sacrifice (Waiver required) – Unlike other haunted houses, this house requires signature of a waiver to accentuate the level of terror 13 Stories promises to bring. Creatures and denizens of the undead world will scare you, touch you and torment you from start to finish. Certain sections of the house must be completed alone. Strobe lights, smoke, loud noises and alarms, electric shock, water and animals are all potential methods of freaking you out. Gory scenes and lifelike violence may be portrayed. (Adults and children have been known to not make it through the entirety of the event!)

Price: Tickets range from $15 to $51, depending on how many houses you want to go in | $77 for VIP Access Fast Pass.

Hours of Operation: Weekdays 7:00 pm – 11:00 p.m. | Weekends 7:00 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

Dates: Sept. 21st through Nov. 11th

Other Georgia Haunted Houses that are a small drive outside of metro area:
Folklore Atlanta in Acworth, Escape Woods in Powder Springs, Buford Corn Maze in Buford, and Camp Blood in Carrollton.
Are you brave enough to make it through one of Atlanta’s haunted houses this year, Atlanta?

The Need to Know for Taste of Atlanta 2018

Celebrating greater Atlanta’s culinary cuisine and southern flair, Taste of Atlanta 2018 is a can’t miss event this October. Over 40k attendees throughout the weekend will be tasting their way at the 17th annual event at Historic Fourth Ward Park on October 19th-21st. Patrons will be able to enjoy 90 plus restaurants, chef exhibitions, and cooking classes! Getting there, what to look for, and picking your tasting spoon strategy can be overwhelming, even for you vets. We here at ATLByDAY want to give you some tips and a little strategy in our Need to Know for Taste of Atlanta 2018.

Getting There / Parking

Public transportation and rideshare we feel is the best option. For rideshare, choose LYFT. During the event they are running a promotional discount code: TASTEATL for existing Lyft users and TASTEATLNEW for new users. For public transit use the Civic center station, as they will have a free complimentary shuttle outside on W. Peachtree Street. If you must bring your gas guzzler don’t expect to find much parking near the venue There is PCM, but parking there will be limited and pricey. The official spot for Taste of Atlanta is the Atlanta Medical Center parking deck B. Expect about a mile walk from the parking deck.

How Ticketing works

Setting itself apart from other festivals we have been to in the A, Taste of Atlanta fully integrates technology and convenience. You don’t have to fret about keeping up with multiple tickets or a punch card; you can conveniently scan your wristband at the event. General admission wrist bands hold  10 points while VIP carries 20. Restaurants charge 1-3 taste points, however if you are running low or need a second helping you can put more points on your wristband at the event. Additionally, with your wristband you can send recipes of some of those delicious dishes to yourself by scanning them at the Chef’s Table demonstrations!

Taste of ATL Hacks

Most people target going Saturday and Sunday which is fine, but our take is Friday is the best day to go. Unlike Saturday and Sunday, on Friday the tastes and drinks are unlimited! Not only will you be able to get your fill, but the kickoff party is loads of fun. Also bring your dancing shoes as there will be two live acts on stage. Bumpin’ the Mango and The Cordon Blues bands will kick off the weekend festivities. Taste of Atlanta is a great way to try out new restaurants before they open or get a taste of Atlanta’s culinary staples. These restaurants want to turn tasters into diners and some will be offering coupons to come have a full meal at their restaurant.

We can’t wait to see the winners for best taste, best selling taste, best presentation and most unique! In closing we look forward to seeing you all there. Taste of Atlanta also supports the non-profits of Open Hand, Second Helping Atlanta, and the Giving kitchen.

For Tickets click here

Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park | 680 Dallas Street (Corner of North Ave & Dallas St.) Atlanta, GA 30308

Dates and Times

Friday Oct. 9th Kick-Off Party: 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Saturday Oct. 10th: 12pm – 6:00pm
Sunday October 11th: 12pm – 6:00pm
VIP, Saturday and Sunday: 12:30pm – 5:00pm

For more and current info visit Taste of Atlanta

 

Opening Night at Nick’s Flamingo Grill

As you all know by now, the Queen of the Gnomes is a massive patron of the theatre. From One-Act Plays to Musicals and Improv, I will see it all no matter the type.

On Thursday of this past week, the Giant King and I attended the World-Premier of Nick’s Flamingo Grill over at the Alliance Theatre.

Written by the multi-talented and legendary Phillip DePoy, Nick’s Flamingo Grill is described as a “play with live-music” performed by an amazing cast of actors. Bouncing between post-WWII Paris to 1950s Atlanta, Nick’s Flamingo Grill tells the story of two ex-WWII GIs with a dream of opening their own “club du jazz” here in America. Along with a Cuban songbird and a “pretty” French Resistance fighter, the four decide to create a “Camelot” of lively music and good food.

The play focuses on various themes from racial segregation to fraternal brotherhood. A unique aspect of Nick’s Flamingo Grill is that it’s actually based on a real place.

“The club was real…my father was in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and would sit-in with his friends and sometimes play there,” explained DePoy.

Located near the old Armor Meat Packing Plant [now Castleberry Hill]; the club was “technically” illegal due to Segregation Laws at the time. While DePoy may not have been able to verify the existence of this mystical, mixed-race club, that didn’t stop him from writing one of the most humorous and heartfelt plays performed on the Hertz Stage.

Featuring ten original jazz songs by both DePoy and New Orleans’s jazz pianist: Tyrone Jackson, Nick’s Flamingo Grill had the audience snappin’ and tappin’ throughout the evening.

The Gnome Queen highly recommends seeing this fantastic *performance not only for the music, but for the message as well.

*The play is about an hour and a half with no intermission and does include some loud “explosions” for those with sensory-sensitivities.

ATL by Night Highlights October 12 – 14

My goodness, another exciting weekend in Atlanta! The fall cotillions aside, the city is a vibrant hub of events every day. In this article, I’m shining my light on events that are happening the weekend of Friday, October 12th to Sunday, October 14th. If you’re looking for events this weekend, check out my article I put out last week.

First off is Atlanta Pride Weekend! A celebration of Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ community begins with Femme, a celebration of women in music and art. Guests will be entertained with music, visual and performance artists by the likes of Amber Monson, Melissa Coffey, Bella Dorado, JayBella Banks, and XT Venus Valentine. That is going on at The Deep End on Friday, October 12th starting at 8pm.

You can also party down at the Georgia Aquarium at the with the official Kickoff Party. DJ Kevin Durard and VJ Mark Gordon will be your entertainment, along with aquatic residents. Someone please pet a turtle or stingray for me!

Drag yourself back to The Deep End Saturday morning for 2nd Annual BOTTOMS UP Drag Brunch + Social, featuring Brigitte Bidet, Taejah Thomas, and Molly Rimswell. Other fabulous things about Drag Brunch besides the performances: brunch buffet, bottomless Bloody Mary’s courtesy of Tito’s Vodka, the Lewks Photobooth, there will be gift bag giveaways and boys, boys, BOYS!

After you’ve recovered at brunch, get ready for the Peep Show starring Alaska Thunderfuck, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars Season 2. This a “titillating cabaret” of performers trained in the art of seduction –featuring acts from Alaska Thunderfuck, Brigitte Bidet, LaLa Ri, John James, Molly Rimswell, Melissa Coffey,  Michael Robinson, Diego Serna, and PhaeMonae. Doors open at 9pm.

Don’t forget the parades happening in conjunction with Pride Weekend: the Trans March is Saturday at 1:45pm, the Dyke March is Saturday at 6pm, and the Pride Parade is Sunday at 12pm sharp.

Atlanta Pride is putting on a free concert at Piedmont Park, too! Headliners are Bebe Rexha, Mike Posner, CeCe Peniston, Michele Malone, and Starlight Cabaret. That’s Saturday and Sunday, start times vary.

Paul Oakenfold is headlining Believe Music Hall on Friday, October 12th. The 2004 Grammy nominated DJ and world renowned entertainer is making a stop in Atlanta that night to promote his latest album “Pop Killer.” In addition, Ryan Michael, Founder of Unity Events, is doing support for Oakenfold on the main stage.

Don’t want to hang out in town for Pride Weekend but still looking for something unique? Think about heading up to Alpharetta for the Inner Quest Fest! The Inner Quest Church in Roswell/Alpharetta is holding a one-day festival that offers activities and gifts for the body and soul. Schedule of activities include: Reiki, reflexology, chair massage, color therapy and Sedona Release Method. Readings and healing are $15 each, or you can get a reading and a healing for $25. It’s been real crazy in the world, so you may catch me up there get some bad energy cut out of my auric fields.

Chalktoberfest is happening all weekend in Marietta. You can catch an array of talented artists creating chalk masterpieces on the streets of Marietta Square. It is an award-winning festival sponsored by the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art.

Keep celebrating, Atlanta!

 

 

 

 

ATL by Night Artist Spolight: ATHRS

This article is by our new writer, Luminous. Enjoy!

Punk Rock electronic artist, ATHRS, born Mike Torres, performed for his second time at Imagine Music Festival (IMF), this year in Hampton, Georgia. The Orlando, FL, native often performs in the Southeast and said Atlanta’s premier electronic music festival is one of his favorites. “I love performing in Atlanta, this is my second year at Imagine. Glen and Maddie (of IRIS Presents) throw one of the best festivals out here and it’s always so amazing to be a part of it,” he said.

Rock and EDM have been in an increasingly intertwined relationship ever since Skrillex burst onto the DJ circuit after leaving his post-hardcore band “From First to Last.” Steve Aoki was a singer and guitarist in the scream band “This Machine Kills,” EDM powerhouse, Zedd, was once a member of death core band Dioramic, and bass legend, Bassnectar, also was once in a metal band. Some acts leave the “rock sound” almost entirely, trading guitars for synthesizers and hard bass, at times only referencing their roots in mashups or remixes.

ATHRS has managed to evolve into EDM while keeping his pop punk influences intact. This has allowed him to create original music that melds the two genres in a genuine way. ATHRS played for an intimate show for a crowd at the Six Feathers stage, splitting the set between his laptop and DJ Controller, and grabbing his guitar to leave behind the booth and rock out on stage and right in front of his audience.

Growing up on pop and punk music, ATHRS says he is influenced by bands like All Time Low, Green Day, and blink-182. He also has a penchant for DJs like Kayzo and Borgore, and says Adventure Club, who played IMF this year, is one of his biggest influences: “I was super hyped to see them! They killed it; it was an ABSOLUTELY epic show!” The pioneers of vocal dubstep put on an epic show full of lights, lasers, and their signature sound, famous for attracting many fest-goers into the electronic scene in the first place.

 

ATHRS thinks the diversity of sound within EDM music has attracted more and more people to American EDM music and events. He uses his platform to produce a unique combo he calls “pop-punk electronic” with vocals characteristic of punk rock, interwoven with synths, energetic beats and high energy drops. His songs vary from highly rock influenced to more house influences like his single, “Shed My Skin.” During his performance of “Under My Skin,” a cut from his upcoming EP, ATHRS croons about not letting the world get to him before a crescendo of heavy, melodic guitar riffs, with a dance beat picking up to join the melange of sound

“People are hungry for real talent, drive and ambition, and that’s what I hope to bring them. They also get to see [my] vulnerability. I think it really comes through in the music,” he said. ATHRS’ fans, at Imagine or people who want to hear his unique brand of punk EDM, can catch him next at Uncle Lou’s entertainment hall in Orlando, FL, on October 14th.

ATHRS’ latest EP “Pop Punk is Dead” will be releasing soon and a music video for his single, “Rollercoaster” was recently released on Youtube. Fans can find more of ATHRS’ music on Soundcloud, and Spotify.

 

Post-Cheese Fest Atlanta

Autumn in Atlanta officially kicked off this past weekend with an amazing variety of events throughout the city. From the Fall Fest in Candler Park to the Mimosa Festival at Atlantic Station, residents definitely knew where to have fun.

Cheese Market

For the Gnome Queen, I attended the 6th Annual Cheese Fest Atlanta over in the Historic Fourth Ward Park.

Cheese Market Inside

And let me tell you, it was fantastic.

Vermont Creamery

Started in 2012 by Gourmet Foods International, this year’s event provided attendees with:  4 huge Tasting Tents, the Meltdown Competition featuring popular Atlanta chefs “grilling it out” for the coveted People’s and Judges’ Choice Awards, VIP Pairing Sessions, Live Entertainment, and a whole lot of cheese.

Cypress Grove

A special aspect of this year’s event also included a portion of all proceeds going to the local nonprofit: Giving Kitchen.  Giving Kitchen’s mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to restaurant workers and their families while in need through the Giving Kitchen Crisis Grants.

Rio Briati

The event kicked off around 5 P.M. with a light bit of rain; however that didn’t stop attendees from munching on over 100 different Vendor’s samples and goodies. While several of these Vendors were either local or from the States’, many also traveled from Europe and South America.  With an assortment of cheeses, olives, charcuteries, crackers and more, the Cheese Fest Atlanta came prepared.

Wisconsin Whey

The Gnome Queen began her Cheese-Quest at the Tasting Tents which had an amazing variety of cheeses, ranging from Goat’s and Cow’s to Lactose-free options as well.

Parlano

While I won’t play favorites on which types of cheeses I prefer (because all cheese is delicious), the Gnome Queen definitely enjoyed the variety of “sharp”, tangy, and pepper-based cheeses as well as many of the more goat and soft cheeses. Some of these came from: Vermont Creamery, Cypress Grove, Rio Briati, Parlano, Sartori, and a collection of vendors from Proudly Wisconsin Cheese.

Blackberry Farm’s First Place Cheeses

I even got to try some of the Award-Winning Blackberry Farm’s goat cheeses which were without a doubt amazing.

Suga’s

Two notable pimento cheese-makers came locally from food service company: Suga’s and the restaurant: Home grown. Home grown provided their Award-Winning pimento cheeses which included original and jalapeno.

Hanging with Home grown

As someone who has an absolute love for mascarpone cheese, BelGioioso did not disappoint either.

BelGioioso

I even went back for thirds.

Sartori

For those who came specifically for the non-cheese items such as olives, crackers, sauces, and charcuterie, Cheese Fest Atlanta had you covered.

Spotted Trotter

Local meat-boutique: Spotted Trotter had a mouth-watering variety of samples to choose from as well as a Pig and Pint Pairing later on.

Samples Galore

Busseto, Principe “The Prosciutto Family” and Creminelli also had a succulent collection of meats and crackers to choose from.

Posing with Principe
Divina

Divina, Pickled Pink, and Delallo came ready with plates of olives, veggies, peppers and fruits.

Pickled Pink
Delallo
Rustic Bakery

While Rustic Bakery, Venus, Thinster’s, Cello, and ParmCrisps produced the crackers, cookies and breads.

Venus

From Chaza Bros. came some savory Hot Sauces;

The “Chaza” Family

Goodson with the Pecan Butter;

Goodson Pecans

Pepper Lane provided the Spicy Jellies;

Pepper Lane

And Lazzaris brought the fig sauce. Lazzaris also supplied a boozy shot of Fourth Ward Distillery Vodka with juiced fig.

Takin’ Shots with Lazzaris

I may have taken two or three….

Savannah Bee Company

Savannah Bee Co. had a variety of honey and honeycomb samples to taste while Mike’s Hot Honey had an enticing spicy-sweet margarita shot.

Margarita Shots with Mike’s Hot Honey

By 7 P.M., patrons and even the Gnome Queen began to feel the oncoming food-coma.  However, the journey continued to the one and only: Meltdown Competition.

Sample from the Meltdown Competition

From gourmet grilled cheeses topped with ice-cream to thick mac & cheese, the Gnome Queen made sure to try everything. (Twice.)

Little Alley Steak

Later on that evening, the winners of the 2018 Meltdown Competition were announced: Little Alley Steak won 1st place for Judge’s Choice and High Road Craft Ice Cream own 1st in People’s Choice

High Road Ice Cream

Congrats to the winners, and to each participant who’s food absolutely held a special place in my cheese-induced coma.

Little Alley Steak Sample

So if you’re kicking yourself for not attending the wonderful 2018 Cheese Fest Atlanta, welp better buy tickets next year.

Cheeselandia

Life Pro Hacks and Tips for the 2018 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade

Started in 2010 the Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade is a glowing celebration of the art along the Eastside Trail. This year they expect more than 70,000 patrons to partake in the illuminating event! Getting there can be tricky; and knowing where to post up, or just what to expect can be a hassle. We here at ATLByDay want to pass along some tips that could be useful for first timers or vets. So here are our life pro hacks and tips for the 2018 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade.

You can Participate

Unlike most parades where you need to register, this parade requires no registration or fee to be in the event. You do need some sort of glow to be in the event. Whether its leftover light up bracelets from the Moon Ride or your own lantern, find something that makes you fit in with the parade goers. If you don’t bring your own lantern, you will likely be able to purchase one at the start of the event. Kroger has sold lanterns in past years, as well as Richard’s Variety Store.

When you Participate

The parade starts at the beginning of the Eastside Trail in Inman Park, at the intersection of Krog St. and Irwin St, and is usually very crowded and congested. At times you’ll feel like a salmon trying to swim upstream. You don’t have to be at the start of the parade to be in the parade.  I see many people bail out halfway through the parade. One way to avoid the congestion at the start is to join halfway through the parade at the Ralph McGill bridge close to the location of New Realm and Two Urban licks. Also to have even more fun, target getting behind one of the many bands who participate in the parade. We’ve had a blast getting behind the Seed and Feed band, dancing our way through the parade.

What to Bring

You are absolutely going to need to bring a small soft cooler that you can carry with refreshments, and a towel to sit on is a nice bonus. You won’t have easy access to beverages; and if the weather this week is any indication, the beginning of the parade will be very hot. Be sure to bring some water! Bring good walking shoes, especially if you plan to be in the parade. Without a doubt you will be walking a bit, whether you are in the parade or not. Do not bring your bike. It is impossible to navigate the Beltline in the hours leading up to the parade. You will be walking that thing with tens’ of thousands of people expecting to be at the parade.

Where to Post

There are all kinds of bars now on the Beltline to enjoy the parade. Ladybird is a great spot, and so is New Realm; but as you would expect those places will be jam packed. If you don’t get there early you might not get a great spot. When we have watched the parade our favorite spot is under the Freedom Park bridge. Under the bridge offers sloped seating that allows an elevated view and you don’t have to worry about being in the front. Additionally under the bridge offers great acoustics for the bands. You’ll notice under the bridge, the bands sound a lot louder than when in the open on the Beltine.

Parking / Getting there

The best solution is always taking a taxi. There will likely be surge pricing around the event; but if you are splitting the fare with your friends, trust us, it is worth it. After the event, there is plenty of nightlife entertainment; so if you want to avoid the surge, wait it out. If you are just viewing the event, the major pay parking spots are going to be Ponce City Market or Inman Quarter. Don’t count on it though, as I can easily foresee those decks filling up fast. At the start of the parade, near Krog Street Market, is going to be real tough to find parking. Again, if you don’t want to find yourself up-creek without a paddle, take a taxi.

The Art

Each lantern parade brings new art installations along this glorified sidewalk. Some of the art is more permanent, while some is removed very shortly. You can go the day after to enjoy some of the temporary installations, or go well before the parade starts the day of. We were walking the trail today and saw many artists putting finishing touches on their work. There is sure to be some some impressive artwork, so keep your eyes peeled for them along the path.

We hope to see your glow at the parade. If we missed something or you have a tip yourself please share!

2018 Lantern Parade Details:

Saturday, September 22, 2018:
7:00 p.m. line-up
8:00 p.m. parade steps off

Guide to ATL United Tailgates

Atlanta United FC sees your MLS attendance and raises you 10 on the tailgating experience. Beneath the elevated concrete streets adjacent to the CNN center lies a vibrant tailgating scene of black, victory red and gold in the Gulch. The Gulch has been the target of many urban renewal proposals. Most recently it was discussed as a possible landing spot for Amazon’s 2nd headquarters, but today sits as a parking lot that host Atlanta’s most inclusive and exciting tailgates. We at ATLByDay decided to stop by 5 of the major tailgates, take in the action and interview their founders to be able to lay out a guide to ATL United tailgates.

Gulch Google Maps Location | Note: Getting to the tailgate area can be tricky. Likely you will be dropped off on a road above the tailgates, just keep walking down to ground level. If taking MARTA from the GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station exit through gate, take a right at the escalators.If lost you can always ask a police officer.

Tailgate Times: Normally start 4 hours before kickoff and end 1 hour before

The Faction

Summary: Catering to families and especially the little ones this tailgate has a lot to offer. The day we came out they had a live talk show and a beautiful miniature soccer rink. This playpen was complete with miniature nets and artificial turf where kids can roll around on the pitch. Furthering their mission of inclusion and diversity they partner with the non-profit Fugees Family. Fugees Family is a non-profit  devoted to working with child survivors of war through soccer and education. The Faction has the largest kid membership of 600. Sponsored by Heineken this tailgate has many bells and whistles for all to enjoy.

How To Participate: First you’ll need to become a member. The membership fee is $25 for adults and $20 for children. You can purchase your membership here. Once you purchase a membership tickets to tailgates are normally $20 for adults and $5 for kids.

Footie Mob

Summary: If you are looking SEC tailgate atmosphere with an Atlanta culture twist this is your spot. Footie Mob was one of the original support clubs focusing on a the local vibes. You see this on display in “The Benz”stands with their “Bless your heart” flag. These dirty south casuals want members who are ready to learn, or to teach the game of soccer to others.

How to Participate: $25 for a membership. Tickets to tailgates are available for Footie Mob members and the general public. Generally tickets start off at $10.

Terminus Legion

Summary: Adorned with booths of many different sponsors this tailgate has many goodies to offer. That day soccer lovers were treated with free refried bean can koozies from La Preferida, naughty pretzels, refreshments from Second Self Brewery, and spirits from Old Fourth Ward Distillery. If your an out of town guest or a supporter of another club southern hospitality welcomes you here. Not only do your proceeds go to your tailgate amenities, but also select charities that rotate each game.

How to Participate: Membership to Terminus legion is $25. Tickets to tailgates are available for Terminus legion members and the general public. A donation of normally $10 includes freebies and admittance.

Resurgence

Summary: Rowdy, proud and full of spirit we were greeted with red smoke, chants, and rituals you’d have to see to believe. While trying to be as “hype” as possible this group also gives back to their community through local charities such as Trees Atlanta. Singing songs of a city defined by change, progress, and diversity they have the biggest supporter section at The Benz. If you like dancing, singing and sparkle donkey glitter-filled piñata whacking this is one tailgate you will have to check out.

How to Participate: Membership to resurgence is $35.Tailgates have been and will always be open to all members and future members and are FREE OF CHARGE.

LA 12 De Atlanta

Summary: LA 12 De Atlanta is a integration of multiple latin cultures through the support of Atlanta soccer. Focus on meshing all of those cultures under one flag they have a special flair unto their own. With their South American style support we were greeted by a drum line and a passionate celebration of soccer. This tailgate had the largest viewing screen like no other tailgate we had witnessed before! So if you want to catch watch game before the game this would be the perfect spot.

How to Participate: Their is no membership for LA 12 De Atlanta. If joining the tailgate a donation of at least $10 is highly encouraged.

To get the full Atlanta United Experience checking out the tailgates in The Gulch is a must. There is a tailgate for everyone and each tailgate welcomes everyone!

Note: Prices and terms of attendance are subject to change. Please go to each support group website to see the official rules and terms for participation.

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Inside Imagine Music Festival: Get Hyped for Protohype

The Imagine Music Festival is upon us this weekend, and kicking off some of the hype on Friday is one of our favorite EDM artists, Protohype.

Max Hype, aka “Protohype,” has been producing music since he was fourteen years old. He broke into the EDM music scene after taking time off to attend college by playing at local raves and uploading his music online. Like many budding, young artists in the digital age, his smashing success on Soundcloud was the step that really propelled his music career forward.

“I’d say the song I’m most connected to is “Lights On,” says Protohype. “It has the most emotion and serious message out of all of the songs that I’ve made. I really poured my heart into that one, and that’s pretty tough to do when it comes to bass music.”

This epic DJ doesn’t just spin hit records though. In his spare time, Protohype is hard at work giving back to the community with his charity project, #Puppycrew. He raises money and support for the ASPCA through sales of his appropriately named album, Puppy Crew, as well as fundraising projects on social media using #puppycrew.

“I started the #Puppycrew charity project because I wanted to give back to the community with the money I had been making,” says Protohype. “It didn’t feel right to have influence and money and not be making a difference in the community.I love animals so that was the route that I chose to help give back. ”

As lovers of our fine city, we were also stoked to hear that he loves exploring Atlanta during his travels, and enjoying a leisurely day out. He’s basically a regular guy.

When speaking of his favorite go-to stop in the ATL, Protohype says, “Without question, the Atlanta Aquarium!!! I love going there so much. Growing up in Nashville, I’ve been to ATL so many times…and I love the aquarium, it’s so rad.”

And just like you and me, Protohype is pretty hyped about attending Imagine this year and experiencing all that the festival has to offer.

“The last time I played Imagine, it was downtown by Georgia Tech,” Protohype says. “Now that it’s at the speedway, I’m looking forward to a bigger crowd and a bigger venue. It’s going to be awesome.”

We couldn’t agree more.

If you don’t love this guy already, you might be convinced when you hear some of his sick bass at Imagine Music Festival. Prototype will be performing live this Friday at 10:00 p.m. on the Disco Inferno stage, so be there!