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Music Midtown 2018: Where to Find Cheap Tickets

The 2018 Music Midtown lineup has been announced and tickets are on sale today! As a fellow lover of music festivals and all things Atlanta, I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, now is the time. They are going fast, so you don’t want to wait!

Where do you find tickets at the best prices though? Well good news! I’ve gone ahead and done some digging. As it turns outs, Music Midtown is offering a pretty sweet hook-up on their website with super low ticket prices and minimal fees. SeatsForEveryone.com is also a great website that offers low prices and no additional up-charges, because who likes those? The best part is, I’ve linked both of them below for added convenience. You’re welcome.

Get cheap Music Midtown tickets here:

MusicMidtown.com

SeatsForEveryone.com

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I can’t wait to see Kendrick Lamar, one of the headlining artists this year at Music Midtown!

Now that you have your tickets, you can really get excited! The two-day festival is being held in Piedmont Park on September 15-16. It’s guaranteed to be an amazing event, with headliners including top artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Fall Out Boy. Some other popular feature artists include Foster the People, Gucci Mane, Khalid, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Chromeo and Awolnation. With a lineup like that, you won’t want to miss it. I hope to see ya’ll there!

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Music Midtown 2018 Lineup Top Picks

The 2018 Music Midtown Lineup is finally here! Tickets go on sale this Friday June, 15th at 10am. Headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Gucci Mane, Khalid, and more! This festival is known to have a diverse lineup that includes over 30 artists across four stages.

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Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Oceania Stage

Well by now you must know I’m a bit of an EDM lover. For those of you that follow the Atlanta EDM scene, you’ll know the biggest festival of them all is Imagine. And now that the Imagine Music Festival‘s 5 Year Anniversary 2018 artist lineup has been announced, it’s time to get hyped.

I feel as though Imagine is the spiritual successor in many ways to Tomorrow World, which was a shame to see go. But now that we have a staple music festival back I couldn’t be happier with Imagine. Last year’s festival was incredible. Pretty Lights, Seven Lions and Illenium back to back, and Flux? Can’t get much better than that.

Excepttt this year! Damn what a lineup. This is the best of Shaky Beats last year meets the best of Year 1 Tomorrow World (aka the best Tomorrow World). This is their 5 Year Anniversary festival, so I’m sure that has something to do with it.

For those of you that are EDM veterans, you’ll know the greats. Many of you will know the little guys. But with a lineup like this, we’d say this is the perfect opportunity for EDM newcomers. For those of you that are not as familiar with the artists attending this year’s festival, fear not!

We’ve put together a list of every artist for each stage of Imagine, with a description of their style and a few sample songs. We will be writing up articles like this for each stage of the festival, and then (once the schedule is announced) each day of the festival.

We hope you’ll be able to show up at the start of the festival each day (not 6pm) and find a new artist to love. Even if you’re an EDM vet, check out the little guys – you might be surprised.

This article is for Imagine’s main stage – Oceania. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order. Keep an eye out more articles on Imagine’s other stages!

 

Oceania Stage

Armin Van Buuren

Armin is widely accepted as one of EDM’s most widely influential artists. This is a definite must-see, with a healthy helping of lasers. His genre is primarily old school trance.

Bassnectar

Bassnectar is one of the most recognized must-see acts in EDM. His annual New Years Eve (no duh) shows are killer, and while I’ve never seen him in festival style I have to believe he’ll bring it like always. Expect a medley of the heavy and deep.

Kaskade

Oh man do I love Kaskade. Saw him for the first time at Shaky last year, but I’ve been following him since maybe 2011 so it’s been some time coming. He has so many, so many songs I love. Classics and melodic, just wonderful progressive house all around. He’s made the pop circuit with songs like “Fakin’ It” in the past few years, but he’s so much better than that. This guy is probably responsible for getting me into EDM.

Alesso

It’s funny, last time Alesso was here I don’t think most people would have known who he was. Now he’s here after his radio hit “Cool” and well, he’s a pretty common name. But don’t think that the pop Alesso is the only Alesso – he’s collaborated with the greats to make a name for himself as one of the greatest electronic artists out there, spanning genres from progressive house to trance to pop with ease. He even has a song with Hailey Steinfeld out now, because why not? He has his new songs, but man it’s always the classics that kill it when it comes to Alesso.

Galantis

Man, I have to be honest I have some real mixed feelings about Galantis. They solidified their status as electronic greats with their pop-electronic hit Runaway. They then absolutely killed it with songs like Firebird and Peanut Butter Jelly. But I feel as time goes on they’re following the (strange) trend of high pitched voices in EDM. Who started this? Can we stop? Please stop. Here’s to hoping they play the older stuff.

RL Grime

If it’s the ATL, you know it’s all about that TRAP. And good lawd, we have the God of Trap in the house, RL Grime himself. If you don’t like Trap, this is the man to show you the light. If you do like Trap, you know RL Grime. Simple as that. Note – he also has some mellow songs like “Stay for It”. Just realize that it’s a festival, so mellow isn’t the move. He’ll play the song, but everything is heavier in festivals.

Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead baby! Any Die Hard fans in the house? No? Ok. Well this duo has been making the rounds in the electronic scene for years and just doing a phenomenal job. From day 1 they’ve had a unique sound and I can honestly say that they haven’t lost a touch of it to this day. Here’s an oldie (some say the oldest) and a new song so you can see what I mean.

Adventure Club

Story time! In 2012 I didn’t have a car, didn’t have a friend with a car, and barely had a ticket to Counterpoint. All I knew was that Adventure Club was playing, and I frickin love Adventure Club. Sadly none of my friends wanted to see Adventure Club, or were even attending the festival that day. So I took a taxi (Uber wasn’t a thing back then) from Atlanta to the festival grounds, alone, and managed to find what I thought were the grounds. Turns out, NOPE. So I walk for about a half hour, find my way into the festival grounds, navigate to Adventure Club, and have the single best time ever. After that I had an interesting time navigating back, which did involve walking through a pitch black forest through the night and trying to hail a cab on the side of the highway but man was it all worth it. Adventure Club absolutely reinvented EDM and dubstep in the day. Their mastery of vocal and audio slicing and editing is just incredible. Theirs is the only full length mix I’ll put on this page – only because it is a true masterpiece. Please everyone do yourselves a favor and listen to Superheroes Anonymous Vol. 1.

Getter

I don’t know why he calls himself Getter, all I know is he gets absolutely wild. This is gonna be a heavy show and you’re going to love every minute of it.

The Glitch Mob

The Glitch Mob has been around since literally forever, and they’ve earned their place as one of the most well-known rhythmic electronic groups out there. These guys could have sold out years ago and props to them for keepin on.

12th Planet

12th Planet runs some oldschool dubstep. Can’t go wrong there!

Bear Grillz

Bear Grillz is sure to be a heavy show – think heavy dubstep/house with a good deal of heavy metal influence. Not usually my cup o tea, but for a festival it’s great for getting the crowd going.

Leah Culver

You may be thinking – hey I know that name! Well you should. Leah Culver has been featured on countless tracks and is a phenomenal vocalist in her own right. She’s been featured on tracks with Marshmello, Yultron, you name it. Her solo stuff will be more on the pop side.

Liquid Stranger

Liquid Stranger is lesser known, but for those of you that are into the true atmospheric EDM movement you’ll be well at home. I actually got into Liquid Stranger at first from Gramatik, so if you’re a fan you may want to give a listen.

Riot Ten

Is it just me or does anybody else miss the days with the old school dubstep-rap combo? Riot Ten nails that sound. Want a little somethin softer? Their forte is the heavy dub and trap, but they can do the mellow too.

Zaxx

What is a festival ground if not a really big room? Get ready for some big room house.

Eddie Gold

He’s a smaller artist, but he can run trap like a pro. Here’s to hoping he gets a nice break with this festival!

Kevin Flum

Kevin Flum is a rapper! He’s been around a while, so if you’re into rap he’ll be a healthy break from just EDM and Trap all weekend.

Midnite Panda

DJs Midnite Panda have been a festival regular since they won the “Counterpoint Submission Mix” contest. They killed it there, and they’ve been a solid staple ever since.

Ra

A rock band at an EDM festival? I’m not complaining. These guys clearly have some 90s grunge influence, and some heavy Ozzy vibes.

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DJs and remixes with a whole lotta Trap. It was tough wading through Christian sermon videos on youtube to find these videos.

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Sunday Fun-day with Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions

Sunset Sessions at Park Tavern on Piedmont Park kicked off in April, but don’t fear there are more to hear. There are 15 more acts to kick off, running until early September. So bring your dancing shoes, but leave your dollar bills behind because this concert series if FREE. Well maybe bring some mullah to enjoy some SweetWater.

Park tavern serves great bar food and even sushi. If you want something more peaceful there are table towards the back that have a gorgeous view of the park, but make sure to get there early to snag a spot. For the full list of sunset sessions check their schedule.

Make a day of it

Piedmont Park has a lot to offer and is a great place to people watch, play lawn games, and cool off at their pool. We personally enjoy KanJam, but I know the southern tradition of corn hole might take precedence. Sunset sessions would be a great way to cap off a full day of ATL activities. We have two treks for you.

West to East Trek

Start: The Nook

  • Wash down some Totchos with their “meal in itself” their full size bloody mary. This bloody mary includes a hard boiled egg, steak, and tater tots.

Middle: The East Side Lawn

  • Bring a lawn game, a bluetooth speaker, and a blanket.

End: Sunset Sessions

North to South Trek

Start: Rent a bike

  • Relay bike is a convenient way to not worry about lugging or owning a bike. There is a bike rental at the start of the east side trail right by Krog Street Market with a drop point right in front of Park Tavern.

Middle: “The Cool Down” King of Pops or Victory Sandwich Bar

  • You might be getting toasty by this point, so what better way to cool off than to get a tasty popsicle from the King of Pops headquarters or a dickel and coke slushie from Victory Sandwich Bar! Victory just introduced a rose slushie this summer which is now available on Saturday and Sunday at the outside trailer.

Middle 2: New Realm Brewery

  • Not even a year old New Realm Brewery off the beltline is a fun place to stop for suds. If your in the mood for food there is a restaurant downstairs and upstairs is the tasting room where you can catch some views of the atlanta skyline.

End: Drop Bike / Sunset Sessions

  • You can drop your Relay bike off at Park Tavern on the side that faces the park.
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Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Four

It’s Wednesday so we’re now only 2 days away from Shaky Beats! It’s time to start picking outfits and getting that show schedule planned out. Today’s article is going to focus on getting yourself food and drink. Welcome to Part Four of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here, Two here, and Three here.

Getting Eats

Music festivals these days have taken to food trucks rather than food stands for the most part. I, for one, am all about this life. Food trucks have way better quality than the basic burgers served at festival food stands, and they’re typically much more reasonably priced. The variety is greater, and the competition between trucks means that they can’t charge 15 dollars for a taco.
There will still be some food stands around in most festivals. These are typically overpriced and crappier than the food trucks. Just go to the food trucks.
One perk of having a festival in the heart of Atlanta is the wide selection of restaurants nearby. If you get tired of the food trucks in the festival and you aren’t in a rush to get to the next show, we recommend you walk to one of the many nearby restaurants to get a bite!

Getting Drank

For water, you’re going to want to use your Camelbak or a large water bottle. There are quick refill stations so you can fill up once or twice a day and be solidly hydrated. If it’s a hot day, I’d recommend refilling every time you change stages.
For drinks, get em as often as you’re comfortable with. I’m not talking about what you’re comfortable with taking in, I’m talking about what you’re comfortable with coming out. If you’re not a fancy VIP person, you’re going to have to plan your bathroom trips carefully.
A well-hydrated person is probably going to need to hit the bathrooms every 2 beers. Keep in mind that beers are tall boys at these festivals. And guess what? You have two hands! That’s right, double fisting is the way to go. I’d say every time you switch stages make a bathroom trip, grab two beers, and nurse those until you switch. Then wash, rinse, and repeat.
Beer vs Wine vs Liquor. I’d normally say to go with your preference, but honestly there are some right and wrong choices here. I really cannot recommend wine at a music festival. I guess some people like wine on a warm day, I just can’t understand it. For liquor, don’t do shots. You’re going to get dehydrated and hate life. I also dislike mixed drinks for festivals because you get a ton of ice and it’s more expensive. Your best bets are drinks you can nurse, like beer.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article, where we’ll have some final thoughts for your Shaky experience and some spotlights on our favorite lesser known artists!

Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Three

Only three more days until Shaky Beats! Part 3 of your survival guide here, and I’m going to discuss some basics about actually getting around within the festival. Welcome to Part three of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here and Part Two here.

Fitting In

When you first get in line as a new festival-goer, you’ll probably either think:

“Wow everyone here is dressed in neon suspenders and mesh hoodies and I’m here in a polo and J-Crew shorts”

Or

“Oh no, everyone here is dressed like a Banana Republic model and I’m here in a full-scale dragon costume with functioning wings”.

Honestly, everyone that’s been new to festival life has had these thoughts, especially people that don’t roll in 10 deep with their crew. If you’re rolling in with 10 of your best friends, congrats! If you’re not, just take a deep breath and calm down. My tip to get over the anxiety of fitting in at a music festival, especially EDM festivals is to just talk to the person closest to you. These are the friendliest people in the world, and anybody in line next to you is going to be happy just to know you. Nobody there is judging you and the more you socialize the more you’ll come to realize that everyone at Shaky Beats is there for the same reasons – to listen to some great music.

On the same note, there are some general codes of conduct to follow. It can be tempting to judge others for their outfits, actions, or behavior. Just keep it to yourself and focus on enjoying the show, because everyone else is just trying to enjoy the show in their own ways.

Finding Your Friends

So you’ve made it to the festival and you can hear your favorite artist off in the distance! Your friends are messaging you to come meet up, so you start walking into the swarm of colorful outfits and BAM you’re lost as all hell. Yeah Central Park isn’t the biggest venue, but the festival can be a daunting place. How are you going to find your friends?

  1. Use your landmarks. The stages are great landmarks of course, but you have to think smaller if you want people to be able to find you when you’re trying to meet up at a show. The sound booth is a quality landmark, drink stations, food stations, etc. will all work better than the vague “I’m at stage X”.
  2. Use totems! Your best landmark when you’re actually in the crowd will be totems. Totems are those tall poles with funny or neat pictures on them, lights, foam animals, whatever. They rise above the crowd so texting a friend “I’m standing under Spongebob” or “I’m between Oprah and the Rainbow Cat meme” will work great for finding one another. These are especially useful when you’re not close to any larger landmarks like sound booths.
  3. Stand out in a crowd. Wear something fun, unique, or distinct. It doesn’t have to be a 15ft tall T-Rex costume, but wearing a wild hat or a neon shirt or something to make you a bit more distinct in a crowd will always help your friends find you.
  4. Have a fall-back plan. If your phones die, if you all get lost, if your friend gets way too wasted and can’t read a map, have an easy-to-spot location where you can meet up. For most festivals there are central pillars with schedules that will be there each day – these work great for meet ups because they are tall but have narrow bases. This makes them easy to spot from a distance, but ensure you can find each other easily once you arrive. Food stations are also good meetup spots so long as they’re there day after day.

Getting a Good Spot

Getting a prime location to view your favorite artist is important, but don’t think it’s the end of the world if you can’t be front row. It’s important to remember not shove your fellow concert-goers and to try to be mindful of those around you.

Standing up front is nice for seeing the show, but you’re going to have the force of a few hundred people up against you. If you like to dance in any way other than bouncing, enjoy breathing anything but freshly exhaled CO2, or like to have a bit of personal space I would not recommend this life. If you are bent on being up front, don’t push through from the back. Walk up the side, then cut through sideways. The best option is always to come to an earlier show and keep your spot.

For more visual shows and people that like to dance more, I’d recommend standing further back. Central Park has some hills you can take advantage of for seeing shows without being in the middle of the crowd.

Being a VIP

It’s an age-old question, but we still ask ourselves whenever we buy tickets – is VIP actually worth it?

My opinion is, probably not. For 90% of us your standard ticket will do just find and there is plenty of room to go around. Being closer to the stage is nice, sure, but what’s the point if there’s nobody to enjoy it with? In my opinion there are two people that VIP is suited for:

  1. Actual celebrities. If people are going to be stopping you and bothering you with requests for autographs, then sure. Go ahead and get yourself VIP so you can enjoy the show without being bothered.
  2. People with IBS. There is one understated perk of VIP access and that’s the ability to take craps in peace, with full AC. If you have IBS, then by all means you go ahead and get VIP because you need the access and comfort.

If you’re not on TV and don’t have a chronic bowel disease, then I think  you should just go ahead and get general admission and join the crowd.

That’s it for post #3, but stay posted for tomorrow’s post where I’ll be going over food and drink tips for the festival!

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Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Two

The Shaky Beats festival is coming to Central Park! Welcome to Part two of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here!

Getting to the Festival

Please do yourself a favor. Don’t drive. It’s Atlanta, in Central Park (midtown, more or less ), just don’t. You’re going to hit some wild traffic there and back and your chance at parking will be abysmal. I would recommend taking MARTA or an Uber as close as you can get, and then walking a few blocks to the event. Basically, once your Uber is moving slower than the speed at which the people in the tie-dye shirts are walking, it’s time to bail and join them. This also lets your driver off the hook from sitting in traffic for twenty minutes trying to escape that mess. Then you’re off to the show!

Given the location of Shaky Beats this year, I’d highly recommend picking one of the area’s great restaurants as a pregame destination. Grab some lunch and brews and head on over to the festival once you’re good and ready. Some of my recommendations for pre-gaming are Midtown Tavern, Torched Hop, Two Urban Licks, and Venkman’s.

Planning Your Shows

There are roughly 100,000 apps for planning shows at music festivals, and Shaky Beats doesn’t disappoint! They have their own super handy app for booking your adventure. But for us lowly folk with little phone memory or that need their phones to stay alive throughout the whole day, I’d recommend a simple note-taking app like Google Keep.  I usually plan as follows:

  • For each time slot in the day, number your artist choices in order of how badly you want to see them.
  • For a time slot that has two great artists, you might have trouble deciding which one to see. Your best option in this case is just to suck it up and figure your life out. But one helpful deciding factor is the distance of the artist, or “how long is it going to take me to get to this show versus to the other one?” And “will I be able to get a decent spot? Which show will give me the best positioning for the next show after that?” 
  • Regardless of how badly you want to see your #1 show, always write down your #2 for each time slot. That way, if you’re meeting up with a crew or friends with differing opinions on who to see next, you can be open to two suggestions rather than one.
  • Critical info to know is 1) Artist 2) Time 3) Stage

If your phone fails, it’s always nice to have a backup. Typically you’ll be able to find flyers around the festival grounds with artist schedules, and there will be pillars dispersed with daily schedules and stage information. These are what I recommend for last-ditch items, or if you end up at a sweet show and just need to know who that artist was.

Dealing with Conflict

In some instances, you’ll disagree with your friends about what show to see next, and you’ll have to negotiate. Negotiation is an art form. Hell, our humble Commander in Chief even wrote a whole book about it. When it comes to negotiating with your crew between seeing your favorite artists and theirs, you’ll have to remember the 3 C’s of deal making: compromise, concession, and coercion. These go in order of your best-to-worst options.

  • Option 1- Compromise. This basically means you make a deal. They go see your favorite show now if you go and see theirs later. The trick? Their favorite show is also another one of your favorites. Pick a show that you know they will want to go to, and that you will like, but they don’t know you like. This will only work if you have not announced your festival show plans to your friends. You must keep these plans a secret to successfully come out on top of the compromise, otherwise you’ll come out even and that’s as bad as losing.
  • Option 2- Concession. This one means you’ll give them something. Buy them lunch, get them a t-shirt, some sort of knick-knack, whatever. The trick to winning this one? They give out tons of crap for free at these festivals. If you’re negotiating with someone, you might be able to split up for a while. Then you can sneak off and score some free swag or food and concede away.
  • Option 3- Coercion. This can be risky. This just means you get the rest of the group on your side and force the troublemaker to give in and see your show. The risk here is that if the group disagrees, then you become the troublemaker. The trick to coming out on top of this one is to ensure that the group (your backup) wants to see either your show, or the show coming on after your show at the same stage. This will give them reason to want to hang around and get a good spot.

Keep posted for three more parts to our Shaky Beats pre-event advice!

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The Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part One

The Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats festivals are coming to Central Park! For many Atlanta residents, these festivals are great opportunities to experience the music festival life without having to trek out to the middle of nowhere! As a chronic EDM festival-goer, I’ve picked up a few tricks that will help you get the most out of your festival experience. Welcome to your Shaky Survival Guide!

What to Wear

Guys – I don’t care if you wear pants or shorts. I don’t care if you wear a polo or a t-shirt. I don’t care if you wear a silly costume.  But if you care about fitting in while staying cool and comfortable, shorts and a tank top is a safe option. But dear, sweet baby Jesus, wear compression shorts. You’re going to be dancing, walking, etc. for what adds up to a few miles every day, for up to 3 days. Things will chafe.

Ladies – For both Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats, you can’t go wrong with high-waisted jean shorts and a bohemian cropped tank top. Self conscious? Make it a full tank. Voila, you’re now dressed like 90% of girls at music festivals.

However,  you’ll also see some guys and ladies wearing much more elaborate attire that may or may not include wings, rainbows, and a variety of colored makeup and sprays. You’ll also see other people wearing much less, to say the least. Just remember that no matter how you dress at a music festival, do it for yourself! Much of what makes the music festival a fun and magical environment is the ability to be yourself and let your freak flag fly, so don’t hold back! Live your truth.  In a lot of ways, the modern definition of the music festival is owed to the men and women who dare to be authentic, bold and colorful. 

Essential Packing List

A music festival is a lot like a crappy Australia – everything there is trying to kill you, but really really slowly. Your packing essentials are going to make sure you survive the day each day.

Essential 1: a Camelbak or similar water pouch backpack. You gotta hydrate, mate. Most music festivals these days have special hydration stations with spouts intended for these packs. Getting one provides you with a lot of advantages. No more paying for water bottles, fewer refill trips, plus a backpack! If it doesn’t go with your outfit (ladies this is probably the case) just make sure you have a friend with one that doesn’t mind cooties. Remember to rinse and empty before you bring it!

Essential 2: Earplugs. You can get ’em fancy or you can get the foam classics, but get earplugs. You might say, “But, but, I go to a music festival to hear the music! Why would I put in plugs that make it harder for me to hear it???” That’s because when you listen to music on your phone, you get a warning at 85dB. When you listen to music at a festival, that beat is bumping at a steady 130dB all day long (keep in mind this is a logarithmic scale folks). You’ll hear the music just fine through those earplugs, but while you’re enjoying the show, they’re doing the important job of ensuring you don’t go deaf. You can even go fancy and get specialty buds that block only harmful noise as well!

Essential 3: During the day, you’re going to get some sun. I’m not a weatherman, we have our weather page for that, but it may be a lot of sun. Regardless of your complexion and how much sun you expect to have, just do yourself a favor and put on some sunscreen. You don’t want to be sunburned by day two and have to spend the rest of the festival watching your favorite artists from under the shelter of a far off tent. That’s no fun for anyone. 

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Sunscreen blocks harmful rays and keep your skin baby-smooth!

Fun-damental Packing List

Along with the essentials for survival, you may also want to bring some additional goodies to make your festival time a little more enjoyable. The following packing list has those good-time goodies that you should consider.

Goodie #1: Snacks! Granola and nuts are probably going to be your best bets. Nuts if you want to share, granola if you don’t. Why no protein bars? Because they’ll dehydrate you. Why no candy? Because it will melt, get gross and sticky, and generally be a mess.

Goodie #2: Sunglasses and spectral shades. One for the daytime and one for the night (at Shaky Beats at least). Sunglasses (or a hat if that’s your thing) are going to be a real necessity when it comes to keeping those eyes on the stage and not staring into the sun. Your spectral shades basically just act as little prisms, taking those pretty lights to the next level. If you think head, you can get them online for $2 instead of at the event for $20.

Goodie #3: Party Favors. Although you might get them away if you make yourself too obvious, people generally have little to no issue getting stuff in. It’s not my MO, but hey if you want some party favors to help you enjoy the show a little more, then by all means, bring all the party favors you want.

Stay posted for your daily Shaky post leading up to Shaky Beats! See Part two here and Part three here!

Inman Park Festival: What Not to Miss This Weekend

Nestled among a thick, green, urban canopy of dogwood and pine, the 10th Annual Inman Park Festival kicks off this weekend.  If you missed the Dogwood Festival, you won’t want to miss this one. And if you approach it like a novice you will still have a great time, but we here at ATL by Day want you to get so much out of it that security has to drag you away. There’s great food, a quirky parade, 3 music stages, a tour of homes, art vendors, and much more. I’ve been going to the festival for years and have volunteered in multiple facets, so here are a few tips and must-sees that I have gathered over the years.

The Parade

So many people skip or don’t even know about this part of the festival. Be sure to catch it if you can. Will this be the year that Inman Park Festival Parade breaks the Guinness Book World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as garden gnomes? This quirky parade is a barrel of fun if you “gnome” what I mean. You’ll surely get a tickle from the gnome-humored signs held by the red pointy-hat paraders. Be sure to bring a blanket or easy-to-carry lawn chair for the event. Additionally, consider bringing a fun-sized cooler for your refreshments.

Note: The parade starts at Edgewood and Euclid on Saturday, April 28th at 2:00 PM . It ends at Austin Avenue in Little Five Points.

Porch Parties

A site to admire about the homes of Inman Park are the immaculate porch setups. During the festival weekend some of these porches morph into a full scale lawn parties. You’ll see full bands performing, moon walks, and, of course, the southern tradition of corn hole. I’ve been fortunate to have a friend of a friend’s brother’s uncle’s roommate throw one of these. The point is: reach out to your connections to see if they or anyone they know is throwing a porch party for the festival. You’ll have a blast.

Food

Look for the The Pickle, seek The Pickle, be one with The Pickle. The Pickle is a food truck that pops up at a good number of Atlanta events. Not so much a typical-looking food truck, it’s more of a stretch, dill-colored conversion van in the shape of…yeah you guessed it, a pickle. While not exclusive to this festival, The Pickle offers the best food item available, the Cajun Chicken Egg Roll. They cut their egg roll at a sharp angle that beautifully reveals every mystery inside. The first bite makes all the following ones irresistible. The Cajun dipping sauce accents this culinary marvel beautifully. My other favorite festival food is the Island Noodles.

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Tour of Homes

You’ve seen the beautiful porches adorned with the Inman Park Neighborhood flag, which, if you look closely, you realize is more than just a butterfly. The wings have two faces hidden inside: one symbolizes the past of the neighborhood while the other symbolizes its future. You will get a chance to gather in the beauty of these homes which would make Chip and Joanna proud. (Admit it: we all have our favorite HGTV show.) Whether it’s International House Hunters or Fixer Upper, we all love seeing what people do to make a space come alive.

Note: Be sure to get your tickets on the Inman Park Festival website.

Volunteering

I’ve volunteered as a tour of homes house liaison, stage setup guy, and–my favorite–helping out in the beer tent. The beer station volunteer assignments run out fast, so you likely wont be able to get on it this time around, but there are still some other assignments left. Volunteering is a great way for you to engage with the community and meet new people while enjoying the special setting of Inman Park. The highlight of my time was getting to serve one heady brew to Atlanta’s biggest and best local weatherman, David Chandley. I’ll be serving y’all at the event on Sunday with my raucous local crew. Be sure to stop by and get a pour.

Bonus Tip on Art

I have a lot of art from the local neighborhood festivals in my home. Yes, some of the art is very expensive and unfortunately they don’t offer financing in the form of easy payments. I didn’t pay the listed price for any of these pieces; rather, we negotiated to a price we both found acceptable. Don’t be afraid to haggle! Most of them expect you to and prints will work just fine. Check to see if they can offer or have any on hand. You might have better chances on the last day when the event is coming to a close as vendors are trying to unload their inventory.

Inman Park Festival is a fine event for all age groups and people. There is something for everyone. The kiddos even get their own play zone. This year they are planning even more FREE activities, some of which will include slides, obstacle courses, crafts, a great playground, riding toys, and the opportunity to join a circus! At ATLBYDAY we hope you make the most out of the festival, bringing everyone on your obnoxious group texts with you.

Did we miss something or do you have a tip? Please feel free to post in the comments.