Imagine Music Festival expands its EDM sounds to new Atlanta location

Let the beat drop. Last year at the Imagine Festival. Photo: Courtesy of Iris Presents .

Fans of electronic dance music lamenting the disappearance of CounterPoint and TomorrowWorld will have reason to break out the LED gloves this summer.

The Imagine Music Festival will return Aug. 26-28, but this year’s it’s going much, much bigger.

The three-day EDM fest/camping excursion has previously been held at Historic Old Fourth Ward Park, but is moving to the 887 acres of Atlanta Motor Speedway, about 20 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The 2016 lineup includes Benny Benassi; Borgore; Dillon Francis; Excision; Nero; Showtek; Zeds Dead; 3LAU, 12th Planet; AK1200; Aphrodite; Beats Antique; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Bleep Bloop; The Bloody Beetroots (SBCR DJ set); Borgeous; Break Science; Buku; Caspa B2B Rusko; CAZZETTE; Champagne Drip; Corin Roddick of Purity Ring DJ set; Cosmic Gate; Delta Heavy; Dirtyphonics; Dirty South; Doctor P; Drumsound & Baseline Smith; EDX; Eoto; Funtcase B2B Cookie Monsta; G Jones; Grantheft; Herobust; Ill Gates vs KJ Sawka; Liquid Stranger; Lotus; Michel Minert & The Pretty Fantastics; Moon Hooch; Opiou; Pantyraid; Pendulum DJ set & Verse; Phutureprimitive; The Polish Ambassador; Space Jesus and Terravita.

Italy's Benny Benassi is one of the Imagine headliners.

Additional artists are expected to be announced.

The Imagine Music Festival is produced by independently by Iris Presents.

Founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand realized after last year’s event that the scope of the festival eclipsed its surroundings, so a change was inevitable.

“At the end of last year’s event, we knew it was time to say goodbye to Historic Fourth Ward Park and find a new home, which gave us with the opportunity to provide Imaginers with more than ever before,” the Goodhands said. “The impressive facility and welcoming staff at Atlanta Motor Speedway won our hearts. We are … confident our fans will feel the magic.”

EDM performers will pump their beats from five main stages, as well as several satellite stages, while circus performers will be integrated into the environment. A village featuring yoga, meditation, drum circles and art will be available, as well as amusement rides and water activities.

Tickets for the Imagine Festival – an 18 and older event - start at $169 for a three-day pass. VIP passes, which allow front row pit access, elevated viewing areas, air-conditioned lounges, bottle and cocktail service, private bathrooms and meet and greets, start at $299 for a three-day pass.

Camping passes are also available as an add-on to the festival tickets; prices start at $69.

Tickets are available online at

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Check out the After Movie from the 2015 festival:

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.