Singing in the Rain at Music Midtown

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Thousands of fans and music lovers gathered at Piedmont Park to scream at the top of their lungs with their favorite bands and dance in the rain at Music Midtown. With the festival kicking off on Saturday, Sept. 17th, the headliners to see were Twenty-One Pilots, ColleGrove, Beck and G-Easy.

Senior and third time attendant of Music Midtown, Kelsey Strott, expressed that she was most excited to see Twenty-One Pilots on Saturday because she’s “obsessed with them.” Some of Twenty-One Pilots well known songs are “Stressed Out”, “Car Radio”, “Tear In My Heart” and “Ride”.

Freshman Holden Wilder went along with his sister, Maguire Wilder, on Saturday and said that he was “excited to see both Twenty-One Pilots and Logic.” A sunny Saturday brought lots of fun allowing people to do more than just listen to the amazing bands and artists, but also go on the Ferris wheel or get food from various food trucks and food stops like Fry Guy, King of Pops, Willy’s or Island Noodles around the park.

Sunday morning began with rain and it poured down on and off all day. During the day Sunday, artists like Daya, Grouplove, and James Bay played, while larger artists or bands like Kesha, The Lumineers, DJ Mustard, Alabama Shakes and The Killers played during the evening.

Around 5 p.m. the Music Midtown crew called an evacuation for everyone to leave Piedmont Park due to thunder and lightning until alerted access to the park again. Around 6 p.m. there were mobs of people surrounding the gates and entrances chanting for the security guards to reopen the gates so they could get front and center for their favorite artists. Once the gates were reopened, thousands of die-hard fans sprinted to either Roxy, Cotton Club, Honda or the Electric Ballroom stages to patiently wait for delayed performances.

For those wanting to see Kesha, they would have had to endure through the constant pushing of people wanting to get to the front for over an hour, but many agreed being able to see her was certainly worth the sprint and pushing of the crowds.

The crowd waiting for world famous band, The Killers, was enormous. There were hundreds of people singing along to some of their favorite songs by them like “Mr. Brightside”, “Somebody Told Me”,” When You Were Young” and “Human”.

Sophomore Lexi Jerding said, “It’s a worthwhile experience that everyone should have.”

Through thunderstorms, tired lungs and silent raves, Music Midtown was the perfect start to a fairly new school year. Until next year, Music Midtown.


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