Daryl Hall and John Oates announced during their gig at Chastain earlier this month that they’d be back this fall as part of the Music Midtown lineup.
Along with the “Maneater” hitmakers, a few more acts have been unveiled for the Sept. 18-19 fest: Vance Joy, Metric and Vinyl Theatre.
A general admission ticket to both days of performances is now $125, a repricing from the originally announced $136-$156.
Live Nation Atlanta President Peter Conlon said he dropped the price after hearing from many young fans that they couldn’t afford the higher rates.
“There are a lot of younger acts on the bill, and I wanted to make it more attractive to the younger fans. I want to make sure the younger people are there,” Conlon said. “That’s $62.50 a day to see this lineup of acts. To see Elton (John) or Van Halen or Drake would be $100. For this number of bands, anyone who complains about value now is living on another planet.”
Conlon also made it clear that the $125 price isn’t budging and that there won’t be any tickets sold via discount sites such as Groupon or Living Social.
The last round of acts announced for the festival — and this is now the full lineup — also skews young.
Hall and Oates might have blasted the charts during the Reagan years, but their sold-out Chastain show attracted a fan base ranging from teens to 20-somethings to parents with their kids.
“Riptide” singer Joy, meanwhile, has reached prime visibility thanks to his inclusion on the list of Taylor Swift Approved Acts (he’ll open her sold-out Oct. 24 show at the Georgia Dome as well), and Metric, who just opened for Imagine Dragons at Philips Arena earlier this month, offers a throwback New Wave sound.
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