Exclusive Interview with Netherworld Haunted House Co-Founder

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

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.

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.


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.


Improve Your Dating Odds By Not Dating

Hi, Atlanta. Katie O’Hara here.

I have some advice for all you who are looking to add someone special to your lives and have found it rather daunting in the dating world lately. Let’s face it: online dating is akin to a dumpster fire at times and no one does speed dating anymore. Finding your next date at a dance club? No. The nearest hookah bar that hires models as servers? Good luck with that. What about the people you work with? Better talk with HR first.

My advice? Don’t date. Just have fun and make more friends. I know, that doesn’t make sense. Not dating is the opposite of actually dating. Or IS it?

Surely there are some single people in this picture

The top two issues of trying to find a person to date are “Where do I meet such a person?” and “How do I meet them?”  The answer to both questions are found by asking yourself, “What do I like to do for fun?” (Surprisingly, that can be a deeply profound question for some of us, so take your time!) The surefire way to meet someone is to join a sports or social club geared towards your interests and happiness. But where are these mythical organizations and how do we join them?

An afternoon game of ultimate frisbee

Atlanta Sports and Social Club is the largest provider of adult recreational leagues, teams, social events, and adult sports tournaments in town. ASSC is a year-round operation, specializing in “traditional sports like soccer and softball, as well as fun social sports like kickball and cornhole.” Schedules of events and teams are easy to navigate and there activities beyond sports, such as wine and beer festivals or crawls.

Zog Sports is another intramural social sports community in the Atlanta area. Zog Sports offers traditional sports like softball, dodgeball, and basketball, but offers corporate team options–maybe that’s a good way to chat up Kevin from the accounting department. Zog has  easy-to-access drop down menus to find a team or league near you OR your job.

Not into the straight crowd? Don’t worry, LGBTQ fam. The National Flag Football Association is a gay-friendly league. There is also Hotlanta Volleyball Association, Front Runners Atlanta, Atlanta Bucks Rugby, and Hotlanta Softball League.

Atlanta Botanical Garden

If you are not an exercise enthusiast or a gamer and want to find a more sophisticated crowd, perhaps you should try out Lunchtime Culture at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Lunchtime Culture is a free, monthly event curated by the ABG and other organizations, like The Bremen Museum and the Center For Puppetry Arts, to highlight performances, conversations, and tours in various Midtown venues, giving attendants “a fresh perspective” of Atlanta. November’s meetup is at the Alliance Theater for “Puppetry & Acting: Bringing Characters to Life.”

Fernbank Museum of Natural Sciences

If you can’t make the midday event at ABG, take a look at Fernbank After Dark’s recurring monthly lineup of fabulous live music, tapas, full bars, live science demonstrations and hands-on activities. Each month, Fernbank rolls out a themed event night that highlights the science of the season and the beautiful Georgian landscape. November’s event is “Science of Our Senses.”

Hiking with the Atlanta Outdoor Club

Combine both nature, sports and exercise by checking out Atlanta Outdoor Club. This organization has DAILY meetups for hiking around the metro area’s parks and landscapes. Membership is FREE, too!

Plant some trees, meet some peeps

Besides sports and nature, where else could you go to meet your next date? Volunteerism is another way to meet people. Hands on Atlanta, Trees Atlanta, and PAWS Atlanta are always in need of help! Do you like classical music? The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has volunteers act as ushers, ticket handlers and answer general questions–the payoff is free entrance to the symphony! The High Museum of Art is now accepting volunteers to help with upcoming exhibits, as well.

My point is: Happiness and joy start with you! Find out what activities fulfill you with joy and start looking when you’re in that environment. It’s the perfect strategy for when you don’t want to waste your time and you can meet other people on a platonic level with your shared interests, as well.

Keep dating, 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


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.


ATL by Night Highlights for Oct 5th – 7th

I feel like you should start thinking ahead to October, because the spring and the fall is when this city goes INSANE with things to do at all times of the day and night.

The weekend of October 5th-7th kicks off a wonderful, event-filled month in Atlanta. First off is the A3C Festival, a hip hop music and culture event that is both a conference and a music festival. Most of the conference panels, meet and greets, and networking activities are scheduled October 3-5, leaving Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th dedicated to musical acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli and Young M.A.

Also happening but a separate event: the 8th annual Atlanta Hip Hop Day. This free, two-day music festival will be happening downtown at Woodruff Park. It will feature artists such as Skooly, Kwony Cash, and Lil Zane. Hosted by DJ Scream of 96.7 The Beat, this Saturday-Sunday outdoor get together will definitely make heads bounce, if not break some backs with sick beats.

Steve Aoki is playing at Ravine on Saturday, October 6th. Aoki hasn’t played in Atlanta for two years, and it feels like FOREVER since Midtown got that lit on a Saturday. This time, Aoki will be taking the EDM fire inside Ravine–no outside block party! It is going to be air conditioned for your sexy good times. Will there be cake thrown? Will this party be as crazy as I think it will be? I hope the answer to both questions is “YES!”  UPDATE: Beware Presents says there will definitely be cake thrown!

529 in EAV is throwing a great hip hop concert on Friday, October 5th titled We Are The Gard featuring Bumpy Knuckles, Breakbeat Lou and Opio. This is an official A3C Festival showcase, so you are guaranteed to hear something exquisite from the lineup. Free admission with A3C festival 5-day pass or tickets at the door


The Sweet Auburn Music Fest is happening over Irwin Street this weekend as well. The two-day, FREE and family friendly music, food and arts gathering has a lot to offer: “From upcoming hip hop acts, to timeless R&B & Gospel stars, to Rap veterans, to Alternative Greats, the Sweet Auburn Music Fest has it all.”

What about the games and watch parties?? Sidebar is hosting UFC viewing party on Saturday afternoon and a Falcons-Steelers watch party on Sunday.

Looks like the start of a jam-packed October in the A–keep having fun, Atlanta!





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.


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: From the Artists

It’s nearly time for Imagine, so we’re going to be bombarding you with posts. Sorry not sorry.

You’ve seen a number of posts from me with “Zapp’s Picks” for different time slots on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This article is going to be a bit different. We’re going to dive into who the artists are most excited to see!

We spoke with Protohype, MetaPattern, Johnny GoodTime, and Reliquary.

Protohype is known for his heavy dubstep originals and work with Excision. He also started up the #puppycrew project to benefit the ASPCA! He’ll be playing Friday night.

MetaPattern is a member of Masquerade’s Torch DNB group, which is headed by Thesis. MetaPattern will be playing along with Johnny GoodTime and other members of Torch DNB in the Torch X Elevate DNB block on Saturday evening.

Johnny GoodTime is the head of Elevate DNB (at Lava Lounge) along with his wife, and together the two bring the best of USA and UK DNB to the ATL. Lots of acronyms, lots of great beats.

Last but not least, Reliquary is a Trance artist with dance music influences. He uses his music to create and move between landscapes and environments over the course of a set, bringing the right moods and energy at the right time for each. Reliquary will be playing on Sunday.

What about this year’s Imagine Music Festival are you most excited for?


The last time I played Imagine, it was downtown by Georgia Tech. 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.


I am looking forward to a well-planned (for once) camping experience and catching my old Trance legends on the Aeria Stage on Sunday!

Johnny GoodTime

 I’m looking forward to the entire experience and not really any act in particular. After the DnB I’ll be exploring some of the other many big name acts.


That’s easy. On top of the best (in my opinion) Imagine headliner line-up yet , There is SO much amazing local and regional talent on this year’s line-up too! I’ve wanted to see so many of these artists for so long because of their amazing reputations and finally have the chance to! A lot of these people are also really good friends of mine so it’s really cool that we all get to perform at such an amazing festival of this scale. A HUGE thank you the Imagine team for making it happen.

What (smaller) artists do you recommend people check out at Imagine?


I wouldn’t say this is a smaller by any means but the artist i am most hyped for at Imagine is JOKER. Joker is so amazing and a HUGE influence to me. His set is going to be incredible and I can’t wait to witness his greatness. I’m going to flip my shit when he plays “Tron”.


The Six Feathers Stage’s local lineup is absolutely insane! Literally any artist at any time will be guaranteed to have top-notch track selection and mixing skills!

Johnny GoodTime

 Uh – I gotta keep it real and just speak for what I know – but the Torch & Elevate DnB block is going to be fire! We are supporting DNB superstars Ivy Lab, DJ Dara and DJ SS at the Aeria Stage on Saturday. Hope to see you there!


For me, the Aeria stage is STACKED all day Sunday.  If you want to check out some top quality Trance or learn what the genres all about definitely swing by there.  For many, Paul Oakenfold, Gabriel & Dresden, and Kenneth Thomas are far from “unknown” but if you don’t know them yet, you NEED to!  My top pick has to be for Nhexis though.  He’s an extremely talented DJ & producer and is a serious up-and-comer here from the Atlanta scene.  Don’t be surprised when you see him headlining these shows in the next couple years.  Also, don’t say I didn’t tell you so!

Between our schedule series and comments from the artists themselves, we have prepared you to set forth and conquer this year’s Imagine Music Festival.

We’ll see you in our next articles where we’ll be looking into everything you need to be fully prepared for the navigating the festival itself. Plus more from these great artists!


Don’t Miss a Beat at Imagine: Sunday Schedule

Welcome to Part 3 of our Imagine schedule posts where we will review Sunday’s lineup! Check out our Friday schedule here and our Saturday schedule here.

Use this guide as you like to set your schedule for Sunday at Imagine. It’s the shortest day, but it has some of my favorite artists for sure.

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Midnite Panda – DJ

Midnite Panda is an Atlanta festival mainstay with his consistently solid sets. He’s played local festivals since I can remember. Absolutely worth arriving early to see.

Amazonia Stage – Juju Beats – Trap

Juju Beats is a producer hitting mainly rap / trap beats these days. Check him out when you arrive!

Disco Inferno Stage – VIVID – Progressive House

VIVID is a great pick for your first show of the day. Solid progressive beats and plenty of talent packed into one artist, I can’t wait to hear more from VIVID.

Aeria Stage – Reliquary b2b Nhexis – Trance

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Reliquary is something just out of this world, really impressive. Nhexis is a powerhouse of fast-paced trance. Together we’ll all be dancing to some high energy tunes. I, for one, can’t wait.

Six Feathers Stage – ATHRS – Pop/Punk Electronic

ATHRS has a very unique sound with an almost equal overlap of pop, punk, and electronic influences. Boyish and Blink-ish vocals, a slick guitar riff here and there, and fat synths.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Getter – Dubstep

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Getter is one hell of a show. Take one listen and you’ll get what to expect. I would expect Getter as more of a Saturday show than the (generally more chill) Sunday, but I can’t complain.

Amazonia Stage – Yheti b2b Toadface – Trap

Yheti and Toadface have a history of grouping up and tearing it up. Here’s to hoping it’s more of a collab set than a b2b, but only time will tell.

Disco Inferno Stage – Ari El – Techno / Dark

Ari El is going to put on a show heavy in beats and rhythm. Walking the line between DnB, techno, and bass house, Ari El will bring you a show you can feel as much as hear.

Aeria Stage – Nhexis b2b Ryan Michael – Trance

Nhexis will keep you on your feet for your own sake with his heavy and energetic trance beats.

Six Feathers Stage – Whiskas / Fair-Uh – Deep House

Whiskas hits it with deep house and intermingled instrumentals. I couldn’t find anything on Fair-Uh unfortunately.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Oceania Stage – RL Grime – Trap / House

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

RL Grime is a fantastic show and easily one of my favorite trap artists of all time. He’s expanded his horizons into more house stuff recently, and it’s still just as amazing. You’re going to want to see this.

Amazonia Stage – Lotus – Jam

Lotus is coming in hot on Sunday night with some solid jam songs, with modes ranging from the ultra mellow to the get-up-and-dance uptempo.

Disco Inferno Stage – Halogen – House

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Halogen are an Atlanta staple and one of our favorite local artists, who have earned their right to play shows on the national stage and more. Their originals are only getting better and better, and their remixes are still some of the best.

Aeria Stage – Kenneth Thomas – Trance

More trance! Kenneth Thomas is an old name but the music never gets old. Get moving.

Six Feathers Stage – Le Bek – Dubstep

DJ Le Bek keeps coming with heavy hitting dubstep and house in his sets.

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Zeds Dead – Dubstep / Deep House

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Zeds Dead are just as solid now as they were back in 2009. Sounds have changed, they’ve experimented a bit here and there, but it’s all still solid gold. And oh yeah, they put on a good show.

Amazonia Stage – Shpongle – Psychedelic Trance

Shpongle is some trippy stuff. Sort of in line with the Amazonia grooviness, Shpongle is the kind of music to make you sit on your buns and take a chill pill.

Disco Inferno Stage – Wax Motif – Bass

Wax Motif will spin house with a heavy dose of bass. I mean, it’s kind of his thing. Think a great house beat, with a layer of punchy bass on it and he’s there.

Aeria Stage – Gabriel & Dresden – Trance

Continuing in the trend of absolutely legendary trance DJs, Gabriel and Dresden are another classic coming to Imagine this year. These two capture emotion, atmosphere, and your mind with absolutely haunting tracks.

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Kaskade – Progressive House

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

I mean, it’s Kaskade. Like I’ve said, probably one of the reasons I ever started listening to EDM. He’s a legend and it’s well earned. When he headlined Shaky it absolutely brought down the house, and I expect even better at Imagine since we don’t have to abide by midtown Atlanta’s noise statutes (boooo). See this show.

Amazonia Stage – Shpongle – Psychadelic Trance

Shpongle is still going strong! Get you some grooviness.

Disco Inferno Stage – Chocolate Puma – House

Chocolate Puma is a duo with nothing to lose. They take an upbeat spin on house with clear disco and 90’s dance electronic influence. A show that won’t disappoint for sure.

Aeria Stage – Paul Oakenfold – Trance

Paul Oakenfold is an absolute legend – and not just in our usual colloquial sense. Oakenfold is a Grammy award winner (three times), and has held titles including best trance DJ and best techno DJ in the world. These are all absolutely deserved. His influence can be seen and felt in modern electronic music and even throughout the pop music industry. Pay your respects and catch Paul Oakenfold.

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Kaskade – Progressive House

Kaskade plays a nice long set! He’s still on.

Amazonia Stage – Griz – Funk / Dubstep

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Griz is one of my favorite artists – just a dude playing like he’s got something to prove. And he does, time and time again. If you can handle a bit of jazziness with your dubstep, this is the show to see. This is what I expect from a Sunday night at a music festival – grooviness, solid beats, and some positive vibes to take home with you.

Disco Inferno Stage – EDX – Progressive House

EDX brings a mixture of progressive house and trance to the stage, and is a close pick for this time slot. He’s going to – without a doubt – play a phenomenal show.

Aeria Stage – Paul Oakenfold – Trance

Yes, Mr. Oakenfold is still on as well.

11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Disco Inferno Stage – Oliver Heldens – Deep House

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

I honestly can’t be more excited that Oliver Heldens is closing out Imagine. Now I know that a lot of people will bounce after Kaskade, but they’re wrong. Oliver Heldens, whose label is the namesake of the Disco Inferno Stage’s “Heldeep Stage” name, is a master of the deep house. Stay for this if you know what’s good for you.

Keep your eyes out for our article on Sunday’s shows, and check out the full Imagine schedule below!

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Don’t Miss a Beat at Imagine: Saturday Schedule

It’s time for Part 2 of our Imagine schedule posts where we will review Saturday’s lineup. Check out our Friday schedule here.

Use this guide as you like to set your schedule for Saturday at Imagine. Good luck – even with this guide this is just a killer lineup.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Amazonia Stage – Zen Selekta – Dubstep

Zen Selekta brings an interesting middle eastern vibe to dubstep. Definitely a unique sound and for the early-comers it’s your only choice. Get there early and get through the line to get your spot!

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Sunday Service – Trap

Sunday Service is definitely a good start to the day, with a good helping of dubstep and trap for your enjoyment.

Amazonia Stage – Space Kadet – Funk

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Space Kadet is ATL native, and they bring some clean funk to this fine city.

Disco Inferno Stage – DJ Kermit b2b Salah Ananse – Electronic

This Saturday we’re going to get some solid disco and groove mixes courtesy of Disco Inferno Stage as it transforms to La La Land Stage (courtesy of Green Velvet). The first act will be DJ Kermit’s soulful beats along with Salah Ananse, and his Afrique Electronic sound.

Aeria Stage – Trench b2b Bad Human – House

Trench is along the lines of a melodic house artist. Bad Human has some mellow vibes worth listening to. Together, this is going to be an interesting b2b.

Six Feathers Stage – Jivea b2b Odysee – Dubstep

Jivea will bring some heavy dubstep to the table. Odysee brings some jazzy disco electronic to the table. This is going to be one hell of a table.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Ra – Metal

A very interesting pick for an EDM festival, but Ra will be playing Oceania and bringing some metal rock rhythms.

Amazonia Stage – Levitation Jones – Dubstep

Levitation Jones will keep it groovy with some outer-space dubstep and bass. My second choice for this time slot.

Disco Inferno Stage – DJ Kermit B2B Salah Ananse – Electronic

This is gonna be a long set! Still the same from 5pm.

Aeria Stage – Johnny Goodtime b2b Skylink – DnB

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Johnny Goodtime is a favorite of ours hailing from the Torch DnB crew. Skylink, on the other hand, is heavy in the progressive house game. A good combo in our opinion and a solid set to check out.

Six Feathers Stage – Don Chido / 450 Panda / Akuarium – Rap Electronic

Don Chido is a DJ that seems to be playing it quiet! Hard to find one of his songs. 450 Panda’s music makes me wonder why he’s not called 420 Panda.

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Leah Culver – Electronic/Pop

Leah Culver has made her rounds with huge artists and has risen in her own right. She’s a definite listen for anyone that’s into more of the pop-electronic versus the heavy tunes.

Amazonia Stage – Eoto – Instrumental

Eoto is an exceptionally talented instrumental electronic artist. Don’t expect something like dubstep from this show, but it’s going to be fantastic.

Disco Inferno Stage – Latmun – DJ

Latmun can mostly be seen as a DJ but this groovy house track he’s put out is great. Hoping for more of the same at his show.

Aeria Stage – Thomas b2b Metapattern – DnB

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Aside from being THE MAN, Metapattern is a talented DnB artist worth a serious listen. His livestreams are frequent and great, and his nights with Torch DnB are not to be missed. Again, Thomas, man, how am I gonna google “Thomas” and find you?

Six Feathers Stage – Vandal Rose – Trap

Vandal Rose will keep the wild night going at Six Feathers Stage with his trap beats.

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Bear Grillz – Dubstep

Alright we’re now hitting those artists who you most people will know. Bear Grillz isn’t subtle, and does not play. This is going to be one massively hitting show.

Amazonia Stage – Ekali – House

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

I absolutely love Ekali, and the mix of dubstep and mellow melodic vibes he brings. Forever is a jam, and Leaving is another great, but don’t forget Ekali can hit the heavy stuff just as well. This will be a great set.

Disco Inferno Stage – Walker & Royce – Disco

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Yes I can have multiple picks. I can’t choose sometimes. In this case it’ll depend on the mood. Ekali for the mellow, Walker & Royce for the amazing 80’s rhythmic dance party.

Aeria Stage – Daddydough – DnB

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

YES I CAN HAVE THREE PICKS. Daddydough is another of our favorites from the Torch DnB crew. More DnB, more great hits, and if you’re cruising the Aeria DnB fever we suggest you don’t stop here.

Six Feathers Stage – Babey Drew – Bass

DJ Babey Drew can hit some heavy beats, and has traveled all over. He’s currently mixing on ATL’s Power 96.1 and will be gracing the Imagine stage.

9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Liquid Stranger – Dubstep

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Liquid Stranger has some, well, liquid dubstep beats that just can’t be beat. The sense of flow and spacey transitions keep everything halfway between mellow and melting off your face.

Amazonia Stage – Ekali – House

Ekali technically plays from 8:40pm – 9:55pm, so he’s pretty much playing until 10pm.

Disco Inferno Stage – Tiga – Electro

Tiga has been around since I was born, and has remixed everything from Justice to Moby and of course has his own tracks to boast. His remix of Sunglasses at Night is iconic, but I just love Bugatti.

Aeria Stage – DJ SS – DnB

DJ SS is incredibly talented, and nothing could show it more than this DnB spin on classical music.

Six Feathers Stage – Mantis & Special Guest – Dubstep

I don’t know is Special Guest is a special guest, or if it’s an artist called Special Guest… But I know Mantis can absolutely throw down. This is a second for me next to Liquid Stranger, and may be my go-to if I’m up to rally.

10:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Oceania Stage – Liquid Stranger – Dubstep

Liquid Stranger runs from 9:50-10:55pm, so we’re just gonna say 9-11pm by our article’s blocks.

Amazonia Stage – Jai Wolf – Melodic

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

If you’ve watched a movie trailer in the past 6 months, you’ve probably heard Starlight. and if you’ve watched any commercials recently you’ve probably heard Indian Summer. These are Jai Wolf’s two biggest hits, but don’t think that discredits them at all. This is a high recommendation – take this show as your early Saturday night break. You can throw it down at dubstep shows all night, but when you’re wanting some rest to sit back and juts listen to some good music Jai Wolf has it.

Disco Inferno Stage – Tiga – Electro

Tiga is still running strong until 11pm ladies and gentlemen, get your fill.

Aeria Stage – Ivy Lab – Hip Hop/Dubstep

Ivy Lab has serious talent in the hip hop and dubstep game, I’m looking forward to more of this.

Six Feathers – Midnite Panda – Hip Hop/House

Midnite Panda is an Atlanta local known for always putting on a good show. You really can’t go wrong seeing him at the festival, in town, or otherwise.

11:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Oceania Stage – Adventure Club – Dubstep

If you’ve read literally anything I’ve written about Imagine, you’ll see that I LOVE Adventure Club. I see them every time they’re in town. Butttttt this time I don’t know that I can call them my pick. They’ve been quiet lately – too quiet. It’s a very close call between Adventure Club and Cashmere Cat.

Amazonia Stage – Cashmere Cat – R&B / Electronic

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Cashmere Cat may be one of our only Grammy Nominated artists, whatever that means to you. He’s more than a DJ, and has made his name as a producer so prolific that his name doesn’t even need to be on the track (or yelled all the way through it, DJ Khaled). From producing entire albums, to remixing them for his own sound, Cashmere Cat is a dynamo of sound. I can’t imagine missing this show, especially with how prolific and continuously impressive Cashmere Cat’s recent releases have been. So of course I don’t put “Trust Nobody” with Selena Gomez, “Quit” with Ariana Grande, or “Miss You” with Major Lazer (you get the idea) as the representative Cashmere Cat song, but instead bring it back to Wedding Bells.

Disco Inferno Stage – Green Velvet – Disco

Green Velvet has been in the game a long long time. He’s brought various local DJs to their heights while bringing his own hits to the table. For Green Velvet let’s not forget his famous hit (and the namesake of La La Land Stage), La La Land.

Aeria Stage – Dara – DnB

DJ Dara has a number of hour long sets on Youtube, so rest assured he can fill his set to the brim with massive DnB riffs.

Six Feathers Stage – Mermix b2b Magnetik – Electronic

Mermix doesn’t have a lot of tracks out, but those that I’ve seen have impressed. Magnetik has more of a mellow electronic vibe.

12:00 AM – 1:00 AM

Oceania Stage – Bassnectar – Dubstep

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

Well it’s your only option, but who else would you want to see? Bassnectar is one of the all time greatest dubstep artists. You’re gonna see him.

1:00 AM – 2:00 AM

Amazonia Stage – Zhu – Pop/Electronic

Also your only option here. I personally like staggered sets like this. But realistically you’re only going to get to see one or the other for each stagger. I’m personally going to be skipping Zhu to see Bassnectar and Alesso. I’m just a big fan of them both, what can I say. Zhu is tremendously talented and his fame shows it.

2:00 AM – 3:00 AM

Oceania Stage – Alesso – Pop/House

*** Zapp’s Pick ***

I’ve seen Alesso a few times and it’s always just great. What a way to end the night. I don’t really typically think of Bassnectar as being anyone’s opening act, so it’s strange to see someone follow him. But if anyone is fit to close out a night the right way, I’d trust Alesso.


Keep your eyes out for our article on Sunday’s shows, and check out the full Imagine schedule below!

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