A week following the Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta observed its first ever Shaky Beats Festival. It featured mostly EDM groups, as well as song hip-hop, rap, and indie. It took place in the same Centennial Park of downtown Atlanta, and although it was half the space of Shaky Knees, it had great attendance. With the loss of bigger EDM festivals this year including TomorrowWorld and Counterpoint, ravers were excited about this new addition. The lineup included big names such as Major Lazer, MØ, Odesza, Nas, ASAP Ferg, and Big Gigantic, many of which I was excited to see. The festival spanned three full days and had thousands of attendants.
I attended all three days of the festival. Day one was pretty rainy, but the festival went on as planned with most everyone wearing a poncho, but not in the least discouraged by the weather. The rain seemed to quit just in time for the headliner Major Lazer and for everyone to travel back home (or to their hotel). Just like Shaky Knees, this festival provided water filling stations, which is by far one of the best things they offer. Staying hydrated, especially at an EDM event, is incredibly important. They also had some of the best food trucks, offering everything from mac and cheese to ATL burgers. All of the staff, security, and safety workers at the event were fantastic. A fire marshall and other firefighters at the event did a great job keeping everything in check.
I currently live in Murfreesboro and attend Middle Tennessee State University, so getting to see Cherub really meant a lot. This is a group from the small town of Murfreesboro who started playing house shows and are now signed to Columbia Records and touring all over. The Shaky Beats lineup included many artists with this potential, such as NGHTMRE, Clerks, Watch the Duck, Jai Wolf, and many others. The sheer amount of talent at this event was incredible. While it included many smaller groups and up-and-comers, it also included the legend, Nas. Nas has been in the music industry since the ’90s and still continues to deliver an A+ performance. The mix of EDM and hip-hop is becoming more popular with festivals and it seems to work together really well. Overall, I would consider Shaky Beats 2016 a success and look forward to its growth in the future.
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