Bruno Mars performed at Music Midtown this year. (The RamPage/ Brooke Orenstein)

Students go crazy over Music Midtown

Many recent attendees of Music Midtown are currently experiencing what is commonly known as Post-Festival Depression, an emotional low that is common after attending a festival. Those from all over, including Weber students, have been experiencing this.

“I have been looking forward to attending since last year’s ended. I am extremely sad it is over,” said sophomore Mallory Tessler.

The 19th Annual Music Midtown festival occurred on September 16 and 17.  This year, there were over 30 performers on four stages. The genres were very diverse, including rock, hip hop, alternative, and even pop. Audiences got to listen to an abundance of artists from Bruno Mars and Blink 182, who headlined, to AJR and Weezer.

Over 70,000 people were hosted at Piedmont Park, which is located in the heart of Midtown and close to a MARTA station, for the two-day event. The venue hosts all kinds of outdoor activities and festivals, all year round. The park, having 185 acres of land, was filled with endless amounts of people, numerous food and drink stands and loads of fun. There was a variety of food and drinks to choose from like tacos, pizza and even noodles. At every stage, there were beverage stands to keep you hydrated and refreshed, while enjoying the music.

On the first day of the festival, many popular artists took the stages. But headliner Bruno Mars made a memorable performance, beginning his show with “Finesse,” then continuing with his singles “Treasure” and “24K Magic.” Mars is known to always be dancing while performing, and he lived up to the expectation, as he danced the whole show alongside his band, the “Hooligans.” To make it even more special, fireworks filled the air as he finished with his classics.

When asked who he was most looking forward to, Sy Alifeld, a junior, said, “I was most looking forward to Bruno Mars, he was my favorite performance!”

To kick off the second day, Zara Larsson opened her set with  “Lush Life.” The crowd was dancing and singing along to all her songs. But, during “Ain’t My Fault” Larsson sat down, and abruptly left the stage. She soon returned, and informed the audience that she was feeling sick but she would finish her set. The crowd went crazy, as they were very excited she was continuing. This was not surprising, as temperatures that weekend reached 89 degrees Fahrenheit.

On Sunday night, Future, an Atlanta native, took to the stage and finished the final night of the music festival. He performed his hit songs, including “Jumpman.” To make the set even more memorable, Future brought his kids on stage to celebrate one of his son’s birthdays during “Mask Off.”

When asked if Music Midtown was what he expected, sophomore Joey Rubanenko answered, “No, it was much more fun. It was the best weekend of my life.”

Anyone who has not been yet can attend next year since it is held annually. Next year’s will most likely be in the beginning of September. So, be on the lookout for the exact dates and lineup.

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