Chili Peppers Close Out Wet Music Midtown
ATLANTA (AP) — It was wet, muddy and slippery outdoors on the closing day of Atlanta’s third annual Music Midtown Festival, but the bands and the crowds rocked on.
Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood of the throng swarming into Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s downtown Saturday to catch 14 acts on three different stages.
The festival was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers — who closed out the festival with a two-hour set. Organizers said earlier that the festival had sold out Saturday, estimating more than 100,000 in attendance for the two-day weekend concert event.
It rained much of Saturday, but conditions improved to simply overcast skies by the time Imagine Dragons’ performance began around 5:45 p.m. — some five hours after the festival began. Acts from Capitol Cities, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Neighbourhood kept the crowd going despite afternoon rain.
“I see the weather has cleared up,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “I guess we came at a good time.”
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Reynolds also gave a shout out to the band’s drummer Daniel Platzman, who is from Atlanta. Reynolds also expressed his appreciation for being a part of the festival.
“There are so many great bands at this festival,” he said. “I’m just glad to be on stage to perform for you all. Thank you for live music. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the support of you”
By nighttime, Red Hot Chili Peppers was the main attraction. The veteran rock back didn’t give much commentary during that performance. All they mostly did was play their biggest hits from “Give It Away,” ”Scar Tissue” to “Snow (Hey Oh).”
Guitarist Flea brought energy to the stage throughout their performance, prancing across the stage while singer Anthony Kiedis sang away. Many in the crowd responded with the words of their songs.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar also gave a strong show, performing for an hour. He performed a lot of his popular songs such as “Poetic Justice” and “Swimming Pools (Drank).”
Mona, Reignwolf, The Black Lips, ZZ Ward, Tegan and Sara, Artic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age also performed on Saturday.
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