Georgia is home to such music greats as Otis Redding, The Allman Brothers and even the Godfather of Soul James Brown. So, it’s no surprise that the state capitol represents that legacy well with a smorgasbord of music festivals feeding every music taste throughout the year.
If you live for hip-hop music, you have the A3C Festival to look forward to in October. If you’re a fan of folk tunes from the likes of The Rebecca Sunshine Band or the Darnell Boys, the annual North Georgia Folk Festival would be your speed.
The summer offers up concerts from every genre in Atlanta. Moral of the story is, if you’ve got a song in your heart, there’s likely one of your faves playing at small shows, concerts and festivals across metro Atlanta.
If you had to pinpoint which music festival that serves the musical masses best, which one would it be?
With a double dose for avid festival goers, the Shaky Knees & Shaky Beats Festivals takes third place with 11 percent of our votes. It’s been rocking Midtown and Downtown Atlanta since 2013. Indie rock fans have been able to witness such greats as Florence and the Machine and the Alabama Shakes.
Coming much closer to the top of the pack, SweetWater 420 fest stakes its claim to second place with 35 percent of the votes. The three-day festival takes place during a significant holiday for some, 4/20. Put on by Atlanta brewery SweetWater, the intown Atlanta music fest never disappoints.
Which music extravaganza gets a standing ovation from our AJC voters?
The EDM (electronic dance music) movement continues, and Imagine Music Festival brings the top musicians from the genre to the Atlanta Motor Speedway every September. This year, the lineup is quite impressive with superstar acts like Diplo, as well as cult favorites like Seven Lions, Zeds Dead and Marshmello.
Other music festivals that were in the running for top billing include the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Candler Park Music & Food Festival, A3C Festival and Tunes from the Tombs.
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