The festival has targeted a younger audience in recent years, basically focused on acts that have been popular the past 20 years.
Conlon said he was “blown away” by Fall Out Boy, who performed at Truist Park last year with Weezer and Green Day, so he deliberately sought the band out.
White, formerly part of the White Stripes and now solo, performed last year at rival Shaky Knees Festival. “He’s played Music Midtown before,” Conlon said. “He’s always been a favorite and fits a niche.”
And My Chemical Romance hasn’t played Atlanta in many years so Conlon sees pent-up demand.
Bridgers is coming to Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park on May 27 but he said her current popularity made her an easy pick to come back to Atlanta less than four months later. “The Chastain show sold out in one day,” Conlon said. “So a lot of people couldn’t get tickets.”
Conlon is just glad that Live Nation Atlanta is having a solid year for the first time since the pandemic began, that it’s back to business as usual. “It was nuclear winter for awhile” in 2020, he said. “I’d still go into the office since I’m a creature of habit. I’d be by myself and read a book,” he said.
Live Nation is opening new offices near Ponce City Market, he said. Conlon, who has been active in the business for more than four decades, currently bounces around among offices at Chastain, Lakewood and his home. He prefers to be around his employees. “I like to go down the hall and stick my head in and see what people are working on,” he said.
And he said inflation isn’t hurting his business that badly on either the demand or supply side. “Historically, we’ve been inflation proof,” he said. “People still buy tickets and want to experience concerts. We’ve been able to dodge those bullets.”