I spent the weekend of September 16th and 17th standing within crowds that totaled 78,000 at Music Midtown. This was my second year attending the festival, and it was just as great as my first! I was completely awestruck the first time I saw the lineup over the summer and I’m so blessed to have been able to attend. This year I went with my friends Scout (who came with my family last year) and Patty as well as Scout’s mom. I decided not to attempt bringing in my Canon camera again because it was such a struggle to get through security with it last year so unfortunately I didn’t make a montage video. However, I’ve included a ton of videos I took of the performers on my phone, so hopefully you’ll forgive me! I’m so excited to share a little about this fun weekend with y’all, enjoy!
10:00 a.m. – I drove over to Scout’s house where we all (Scout, Patty, Scout’s mom, and I) packed and piled into her mother’s car and left for Atlanta.
12:30: p.m. – Finally, after a fun ride of singing songs we would soon hear live, we arrived in Atlanta. We checked into our hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown, which was an amazing place to stay, then quickly changed into our outfits for the festival.
1:00 p.m. – We walked from the hotel to Which Wich? for lunch. After we finished eating, we walked around a few furniture stores in the area for a couple hours or so with Scout’s mom since the first set we wanted to see wasn’t until 4:30 p.m. Once she’d finished shopping we walked back to the hotel to make sure we had everything we’d need for Music Midtown. When we were sure we were ready, we got in the car and rode to Piedmont Park.
3:00 p.m. – After much anticipation, we made it to Music Midtown. Security seemed surprisingly less taxing this year, so it only took a few minutes to actually get in. Immediately after getting in, we found a water fountain to fill up our reusable water bottles (you’re allowed to bring in one factory-sealed bottle full of water or one reusable bottle that holds equal or less than a liter) then hit the merchandise stands because by the time we got to the merchandise stands Saturday night last year everything we wanted had already sold out. I bought a super soft light blue tee with the Music Midtown lineup and logo on it and found a way to stuff it into the small crossbody bag I brought in.
4:30 p.m. – AJR’s set began at the Cotton Club Stage and the band was so fun to see live, they’re all great performers! You might recognize this name from their hits “Weak” and “I’m Not Famous” – they’ve finally been getting some recognition lately and I have a feeling they won’t be going away anytime soon. They opened with “I’m Not Famous” but my favorite song in the set was definitely “Drama.”
5:30 p.m. – Tove Lo came out on time and was such a hoot. I’d technically seen her another time as Taylor Swift’s guest in Atlanta on the 1989 World Tour (read my post about that concert here), but she’s way different when she’s not performing for a Taylor Swift audience. Regardless of the age rating that should be on her set, she’s crazy talented. I’d been dying to hear her sing “Say It” by Flume since I found out I was going to Music Midtown and aside from the absence of the iconic DJ’s base drops, it fulfilled my expectations. After her set ended, we stayed in the crowd and slowly moved towards the front, eventually scoring third row for Big Sean.
7:30 p.m. – I had been so excited to see Big Sean and he definitely didn’t disappoint. He’s so humble and grateful for how far he’s come. My favorite moments in his set were his moment of silence and prayer for all the victims of recent tragedies and hearing “Beware,” “Bounce Back,” “Blessings,” and “I Know.”
8:45 p.m. – We had planned on staying at the Salesforce Stage to wait out a good spot for Bruno Mars, but then we realized we had all run out of water and still hadn’t eaten dinner. We ended up leaving the crowd to eat dinner and refill our water bottles. The food truck lines were crazy long so I actually ended up buying a Minute Made soft frozen strawberry lemonade for dinner (so healthy right?). As we were walking back to the Salesforce Stage we briefly stopped to listen to Wiz Khalifa.
9:30 p.m. – The moment we’d been waiting for, Bruno Mars’ set, had finally come. Hearing his hits, new and old, like “Treasure,” “That’s What I Like,” “24K Magic,” “Uptown Funk,” “Marry You,” and so many more was surreal. My favorite song had to be “Versace On The Floor” but he’s such an incredible dancer and overall performer I even loved his songs I didn’t know. He sounds exactly like he does on his records, I’m so lucky I had the chance to hear him live!
10:30 p.m. – After Bruno Mars’ set we headed back to the hotel to shower and rest up for another exciting day at the festival.
11:00 a.m. – We slept in a lot then threw on some comfortable clothes to go to brunch in. We went to the West Egg Cafe and it was awesome. I got this incredible banana bread French toast and it lasted me through lunch. After breakfast we went back to the hotel room to finish getting ready for the day (glitter and all) and pack our stuff. On the way to the festival we picked up another friend of ours, Anna, who was staying with some family friends in Atlanta.
2:00 p.m. – We got to Music Midtown over an hour before any of the artists we wanted to see were performing so I could get in line to meet Zara Larsson (but we stopped on the way to the Honda x Waterloo Records Artist Signing Stage to take a few pictures!). I’ve been listening to Zara Larsson since I was in eighth grade and I was ecstatic when I saw they put her name on the meet and greet list. I purchased a physical copy of her album to have her sign then waited in line for over an hour but was so lucky to meet her! She’s so sweet and absolutely gorgeous in person (we aren’t smiling at the camera in the picture because security said they wouldn’t have time for everyone to meet her if we did posed pictures).
3:30 p.m. – Once we left the meet and greet we saw Judah and the Lion at the Honda Stage. I absolutely love their songs “Take It All Back” and “Suit and Jacket” and they sounded just as good live. The band members love to dance and get the crowd involved so it was a really fun set!
4:30 p.m. – We walked over to the Roxy Stage to go see Zara Larsson perform. She was wearing the coolest dress and looked just as pretty as when I met her earlier. I didn’t realize she was such a good dancer, but she had a ton of choreography, so much that she actually ran backstage and got sick in the heat. She handled her queasiness like a champ and finished her set in a more stationary position. My favorite songs from the set were “TG4M,” “Symphony,” and “So Good.”
5:30 p.m. – As we were walking to the water station we heard Lizzo’s set starting at the Cotton Club Stage and decided to stop and listen for a while. Lizzo has quite the personality and despite not really knowing who she was we had a fun time watching her.
5:45 p.m. – After about fifteen minutes of Lizzo we decided to grab some pizza for dinner. The pizza at Music Midtown is overpriced (like all of the food there), but actually comes in pretty large slices, so I’d say it’s the best food option there. Once we finished our food we returned to the Cotton Club Stage in anticipation of Russ’ set.
7:30 p.m. – When Russ finally came out the crowd went crazy. My favorite songs from the set were “Do It Myself,” “What They Want,” and “Psycho Pt. 2.” We left Russ’ set twenty minutes early to start finding a spot in the Future crowd and I’m really glad we did, about ten minutes after we got to the Roxy Stage a huge crowd came in.
8:40 p.m. – Future, being one of the biggest names in rap music right now, was such a neat experience and a fun “I can say I…”. I hate to admit this but I haven’t actually listened to a lot of Future’s music so I enjoyed his more popular songs “Jumpman,” “Mask Off,” and “Low Life.” He actually brought out Young Thug (who I also don’t listen to oops) for a rendition of “Pick Up the Phone.”
(I’m sorry the “Jumpman” video is sideways… I’m still really not sure why that happened.)
9:30 p.m. – We left before the end of Future’s set to avoid the traffic getting out and get home a little earlier since we were going to school the next day.
Just like last year, Music Midtown was an incredible experience. If you ever get the chance to go I’d definitely recommend going! If you’d like to check out my post about Music Midtown 2016 you can find it here! Thanks for reading!