Atlanta is famous for many things. Whether you’re looking for great food or good friends, Atlanta is a city steeped in culture. However, this past weekend brought crowds to Atlanta for something other than the heat. The annual Music Midtown Festival brought together some of the biggest names in the business for two days of musical heaven. From Rock to Rap, every genre had its time on the stage and an ocean of cheering fans for support. Here are some of the weekend’s highlights.
Rock gods descended on Atlanta for the performance of a lifetime. Van Halen blasted onto the stage with their original frontman alongside new member, Wolfgang Van Halen. Son of the longtime member Eddie, Wolfgang proved he can hold his own alongside musicians that have been playing longer than he’s been alive. The young performer’s rocking bass solo prompting high-fives from legendary lead singer David Lee Roth as they tore up a set of both old and new songs.
While not a native to the United States, Sir Elton John has always called Atlanta home. Resplendent in his customary sequined suit and massive sunglasses, Sir Elton played a hit-packed set that any fan would recognize. A tracklist pulled straight from his greatest hits, “Rocket Man” and “Tiny Dancer” rang out over an appreciative crowd. A youthful vigor seemed to possess the artist as he dug deeper with each song, bringing an energy that echoed the days his songs hail from.
Drake, Canadian, rapper and hip-hop phenom drew huge crowds for his on-stage performance. From the stage, the roaring mass of people stretched far as the eye could see. Using the energy of the crowd, Drake played an 85-minute set that touched every one of his hits. “O to 100,” “The Motto,” and “We Made it” turned the massive crowd into a sea of bobbing heads. Closing his set with an explosive blast of fireworks, Hotlanta was burning up by night’s end.
This weekend was a testament to the cultural fire still burning in the heart of Atlanta. Bands from all corners of the industry came together to make this year’s Music Midtown Festival something special. For more on the line up, click here.