Scenes from Music Midtown 2012 - Share Your Photos

Foo Fighters, The Avett Brothers, T.I. and more rock Piedmont Park on day one of Music Midtown 2012. Share what you saw and tell us what you liked.

Music Midtown got off to a rocking start in Piedmont Park Friday. Blue skies, great live music and thousands upon thousands of fans joined in on the second year of this favorite Midtown festival. 

Crowds enjoyed amazing sets from artists including; Van Hunt, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, T.I. and The Avett Brothers. 

Rounding out the night was a two hour set from headliners the Foo Fighters who were joined on stage with band friend Joan Jett.

Music Midtown continues Saturday with artists Ludacris, Girl Talk, Florence & the Machine, Pearl Jam and more.

Saturday's line-up looks like this:

1:00 – 1:30 p.m. O’Brother
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Civil Twilight
2:00 – 2:45 p.m. LP
2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Garbage
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Adam Ant
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Ludacris
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. Neon Trees
6:45 – 8:00 p.m. Florence + the Machine
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Girl Talk
9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Pearl Jam

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Which was your favorite act from the first day of Music Midtown? Tell us in the comments.

Midtown music goer September 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM
I would like to see stages throughout the park with different types of music instead of everyone jamming themselves between two stages walking back and forth. They need to spread it out to seem like a festival. It was too congested and really only geared to the 18-24 yr old demographic.
9th Street Neighbor September 23, 2012 at 12:24 PM
It seemed very well organized. I liked the fact that those of us who live in the neighborhood but did not attend Music Midtown could still access the park and walk our dogs, unlike other festivals held in the park.
Leigh Anne Haynie September 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM
We arrived before gates opened on Friday and were some of the first ones into the park. My specific mission was to see The Avett Brothers (as up close and personal as possible), so we immediately went to the stage they were scheduled to perform at and got a spot right in front of the stage. I love Joan Jett too, so this was an added bonus. We literally did not move from our spot from 4pm until the Avetts' set was over at 9. Not to eat, not to drink, not to pee. Now that is some dedication! And let me say, it was MORE than worth it!! They were the heart and soul of the festival for me. It would be nice if the vendors walking around the crowds were selling more than beer. For us dedicated fans in the crowd who don't want to lose their spot, it would be nice to have a chance to get a bottle of water. I did bring one bottle with me, but that was gone fast!! I've heard complaining about not enough port-o-potties, which was a HUGE issue last year when I attended. I like to have a few drinks at festivals, but when you know you will have to wait 30 minutes in line to use the bathroom, it is a deterent. If they want to see more alcohol at these things, they need to provide more bathrooms.
midtowner September 23, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Garbage, Adam Ant, and Pearl Jam definitely weren't for the 18-24 demographic. The 35-50 crowd was well represented. I wish there were a way to police all the smokers in a smoke-free park. The asthma attack I am having this morning isn't much fun. Sadly for me, I don't think it will ever change. Tabernacle and Phillips Arena don't police it either.
Leigh Anne Haynie September 23, 2012 at 01:16 PM
* sell more alcohol (typing too fast!)
Lynne Ridings September 23, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Loved every minute of it...Well except waiting in line for the bathroom! Great line up - Great time!
Hunt Archbold (Editor) September 23, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Great shots Leigh Anne and Lynne, thanks for sharing!
Hunt Archbold (Editor) September 23, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Carla from our Midtown Patch FB page wrote: "I didn't go, but I live in the surrounding neighborhood, and my question is, where were all the extra trash receptacles that are provided for every other event? the trash left behind on all the streets and sidewalks is a nightmare for residents who will be left to clean it up.....I think it was horrible planning for whoever was responsible."
JM Hurricane September 23, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Awesome, just awesome. A world class event!
Clicker September 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
It's a beautiful day Carla. Will five minutes out in your yard picking up a few cups and bottles kill you?
Steve Gower September 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Living across the street, I thought it was very well managed. Made for great lawn parties. This time they did close all of Tenth Street east of Piedmont - unlike other festivals that let the traffic come all the way to Chas Allen and let it snarl there. Had no trouble getting around when I needed to go to the store, etc. It was nice to have the streets all to ourselves, as far as vehicular traffic and parking goes. And it was nice to walk my dog in the middle of Tenth Street. It would have been nice to have a third day of Music Midtown. Next time I wish they would turn the bandshell toward the neighborhood some more.
Tim September 24, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Does anyone know how much Music midtown paid for the use of the park for this for profit private event? Is it enough to encourage more private events and make more money for the park?
Hunt Archbold (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Tim, the promoters paid the City $250,000, plus $1 for each ticket that was sold that contributed to Mayor Kasim Reed’s Centers of Hope initiative, which helps fund recreation centers and after-school activities for young people in the city, including upgrades to computer labs, security and other IT needs. Read more here: http://patch.com/A-xW2G
Tammy September 24, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The best part was sitting in Blakes and watching the straight men walk into the bar. Most of them figured it out within 5 seconds.
Tim September 24, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Thanks Hunt for the info!
Zewditu Demissie September 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I thought it was a decent show. Florence + the Machine was the best part for me. Friday was nice and relaxed. Saturday was a hot mess. Way too many people. I was one of the crowd sitting on the hill on my blanket. We had to deal with people from below ramming their way up the hill which was quite annoying. Besides tons of people stepping on me and my stuff, bumping me, etc., one girl actually totally clobbered me- knocked me down and sent my glasses flying. By that point, I had enough. They needed more food trucks. A girl sitting next to me had to wait in line over an hour for a slice of pizza. Wow. I was smarter and waiting till Pearl Jam was playing. :-) No line for Com by that point.
Midtown Resident September 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM
The bathroom situation was absolutely horrible. It was horrible last year as well. Something needs to be done about this. We were in line for almost an hour and a girl in my party actually peed her pants because she literally could not hold it anymore. Might I suggest a similar set-up as the Port-a-Potties at 420 fest? Basically a whole mess of them (50-60) in an open square formation, rather than in a line. Also, troughs for the men.
Midtown Resident September 25, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Glad you could leave and come back this year. It was so crowded and hot I had to leave to the rest of the [quiet] park for about 15 minutes to cool down and catch my breath. Having a smashed up spot near the stage for hours at a time while drinking and... can really leave a person dehydrated and claustrophobic! But Florence was absolutely awesome, Eddie Vedder didn't make too much fun of GA (it was hilarious and sad to hear all the people cheer his statement that in this great state a student can't use a student id to vote but anyone can use a firearm license to vote...it was a comment about society people, not something to brag about, LoL). Judging by the crowd, this festival is ready for more modern day bands (in addition to classics of course). Counterpoint is going to be for the kiddies, but pulling in a couple of the larger acts from that festival to entertain the older college/20s crowd at Music Midtown would definitely go a long way next year. Still keep the Pearl Jams and the Coldplays though!


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